UW Research

Certificate in Research Administration

Coming Fall, 2019

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 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.

What can I do now before launch in Fall 2019?

View the Certificate Planning Guide to help you create your unique learning plan. Remember that only CORE classes taken from Fall, 2016 forward will count for 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 will it take to complete the Certificate Program?

Thirty-three hours total: 22 hours of required coursework and 11 hours of elective coursework (some coursework is offered in-person and some online).

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?

To receive a Certificate, trainees must complete the coursework within 36 months from the date of first course. (We strongly recommend starting with Introduction to Research Administration). An extra quarter to complete the Certificate may be granted with approval of the CORE Program Manager. CORE classes taken Fall quarter 2016 or later will count 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). 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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