UW Research

Certificate in Research Administration


Most CORE courses are continually updated to reflect changes in UW financial systems. Some courses are on hold until January 1, 2025. We are happy to provide progress reports but will not issue certificates until all requirements are met. Thank you for your patience. For more 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 to understand the requirements for the Certificate in Research Administration.  
  2. Register for 0001: Enrollment in the Certificate in Research Administration 
  3. Use the CORE Certificate Curriculum Planner to track learning.  
  4. Register for individual courses 
  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 courses are required to complete the Certificate? 

  • Fifteen required courses (approximately 22 hours of training)
    Note: you cannot earn the Certificate until all required courses are offered and completed 
  • Six elective courses of your choosing, See: Certificate Course Planner

How do I track my progress?

There are two ways to track your Certificate coursework: 

  1. View your training transcript and/or download your certificate in the Certificate Status Dashboard
  2. In your personal files, track your progress using the CORE Course Planner 

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.

Late Arrival Policy

  • Learners who miss more than 15 minutes of class will not receive course credit toward the certificate.