UW Research

Certificate in Research Administration

NOTICE: Several CORE research administration courses are impacted by the upcoming Financial Transformation. Some courses are on hold and others may be retired permanently. Please check the certificate curriculum guide for course status.

Some fall quarter courses will be scheduled and published to the registration page in September.  Always check the CORE registration page for the most up-to-date schedule information.

About This Certificate

Gain a foundational understanding of research administration practices, policies and resources at the UW. This Certificate Program will support campus departments and central units to align practices, share expertise across units, and support UW learners in forging career pathways for themselves.

Who should pursue this Certificate?

The certificate can be useful to all audiences. Experienced administrators may want to refresh their knowledge in foundational areas covered by the certificate while staff who are new to research administration, or staff with experience in research administration elsewhere but who are new to the UW, can establish a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build on their careers in research administration at the UW.

Six Steps to Completing the Certificate

  1. Review the certificate curriculum guide webpage to understand the requirements for the Certificate in Research Administration. Note that as of July 6, 2024, due to FT impacts, requirements may be changing.
  2. Enroll in the Certificate in Research Administration by registering on the CORE registration page.
  3. Use the CORE Certificate Curriculum Planner to track learning. (Note: The CORE Certificate Curriculum Planner used to track course registrations and completions is unavailable until certificate updates are finalized.)
  4. Register for coursework through the CORE registration page.
  5. Complete all required and elective Certificate coursework.
  6. When you have completed all coursework (required and elective) submit a request for a final Certificate audit to the CORE Program Manager who will respond within two weeks to confirm your completion of the Certificate.

How much will this coursework cost me or my department?

This Certificate is offered completely free of charge! There will never be a cost associated with any CORE coursework.

How many hours/credits will it take to complete the Certificate?

  • Complete 22 hours of required coursework. We strongly recommend starting with Introduction to Research Administration.
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits of elective coursework (each class = 1 credit). (Note: as of 9/1/21 CORE instituted a program change to move from counting hours to credits. This was necessary to update our systems for tracking completions.)

The number of hours of required coursework may change after Finance Transformation implementation.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

To receive a Certificate, learners must complete the coursework within five years from the date of the first course. Courses completed prior to the five year window will need to be retaken.  CORE classes taken Fall quarter 2018 or later will count toward Certificate completion in 2023.

How do I track my progress?

There are two ways to track your Certificate coursework:

    1. We previously provided a CORE Certificate Curriculum Planner to track course registrations and completions; this Planner is unavailable until certificate updates required by FT are published.
    2. Request a transcript from CORE Help. There is a two-week turnaround for transcript requests. Transcript data is updated weekly.

Cancellation and Late Arrival Policies

  • Cancellation for classroom based and Zoom courses is required no less than three day prior to the class start date.  There are often registration waitlists for these courses and your cancellation will create space for another attendee. On-demand courses allow for self-cancellation at any time.
  • Learners who miss more than 15 minutes of class will not receive course credit toward the certificate.

Can I receive prior credit for other courses taken at the UW or elsewhere?

UW Professional and Organization Development (POD) courses of the same course title and content will be accepted towards this Certificate (subject to review by the CORE Learning Manager). Please submit POD transcript to CORE Help and request a review from the CORE Learning Manager.

To ensure that knowledge gained in pursuit of the Certificate is current, consistent and relevant, no other prior experience assessments will apply.



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