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Certificate Curriculum Guide

This guide provides an overview of the required and elective courses. Each course listed links to a helpful information page that provides course details and access to registration. Use the CORE Certificate Curriculum Planner to track course registrations and completions to create your plan from this Curriculum Guide.

Course offerings are subject to change. Always check the current schedule to determine availability.

Some of the course durations have changed as they have moved to an online format. If you took a course for which the hours have changed, and you are working towards a Certificate, contact CORE for assistance.

Certificate Required Coursework

Complete all 22 hours of foundational coursework.

Foundational courses provide an overview of research administration activity common to most sponsored project research projects throughout each lifecycle stage. Completion of all courses will build a basic understanding of compliance requirements and processes that must be understood if one is to be successful when working on a sponsored project. We recommend that you take these courses in the order of the stages of a sponsored research project lifecycle (Plan/Propose, Setup, Manage and Closeout).

Foundational Coursework
Lifecycle Stage
Course Code
Hours
Typically Offered
Introduction to Research Administration All 1000 2.0 On Demand
Blueprint of a Proposal Plan/Propose 1001 2.5 Fall, Winter, Spring
Introduction to Sponsored Project Budgets Plan/Propose 1002 1 On Demand
Understanding Your New Award Setup 1030 1.5 Fall, Winter, Spring
Award Administration: Fiscal Compliance Manage 1040 2.5 Fall, Winter, Spring
Setup and Manage Your Award Setup/Manage 1041 2.5 On Demand
Preparing for Audit Manage 1042 2 Fall, Winter, Spring
Internal Controls in Purchasing Manage 1043 .5 On Demand
Salary & Cost Transfers and Compliance Manage 1044 .5 On Demand
Post Award Food Purchases and Compliance Manage 1045 .5 On Demand
Timing of Expenditures & Benefit to Award Manage 1046 .5 On Demand
Processes at Award Closeout Closeout 1080 2.5 On Demand
Non-Financial Compliance Basics All 1031 1 On Demand
Subaward Fundamentals All 1032 2.5 Fall, Spring

Certificate Elective Coursework

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits of elective coursework (each class = 1 credit). (Note: as of 9/1/21 we instituted a program change to move from counting hours to credits. This was necessary to update our systems for tracking completions.)
  • Elective courses can support further development of skills in a particular area of research administration, but there is no requirement to specialize in a particular focus area. Develop your plan based on your interests and choose any combination of courses that best fits your needs. Courses in the 1000 series are considered introductory; courses in the 2000 series are at an intermediate level. Check the online course description of each course to make sure you meet prerequisites as you build your plan.

Elective Focus: Working in SAGE 

This series of courses prepares you to complete a variety of tasks in SAGE. The first three courses build on each other and should be completed in the order listed. We strongly recommend you complete the online course Workshop: Preparing Sponsored Project Budgets prior to taking “SAGE: Budget.”

Elective Coursework
Lifecycle Stage
Course Code
Hours
Typically Offered
SAGE: Creating and Submitting eGC1s

Plan/Propose

1011

2

Fall, Winter, Spring

SAGE: Budget

Plan/Propose

1014

2

Fall, Winter, Spring

SAGE: Creating NIH Proposals in Grant Runner

Plan/Propose

1012

2

Fall, Winter, Spring

Subawards in SAGE

Setup

1033

1.5

Fall, Spring

Elective Focus: Planning for and Managing Financials on Sponsored Projects

Requirements and best practices for identifying and managing expenditures for sponsored projects.

Elective Coursework
Lifecycle Stage
Course Code
Hours
Typically Offered
Workshop: Preparing Sponsored Project Budgets Plan/Propose 1013 2 On Demand
Direct Billing of F&A Type Costs Plan/Propose 2000 0.5 On Demand
Understanding Cost Share at the UW: When is it Really Cost Share? Plan/Propose 2001 2.5 On Demand
Managing Cost Share at the UW Setup/Manage/ Closeout 2041 2.5 Fall, Winter, Spring

Elective Focus: Nonfinancial Compliance

Research compliance areas that must be monitored and reported on throughout the lifecycle of a sponsored research project.

Course Title
Lifecycle Stage
Course Code
Hours
Typically Offered
Compliance: Case Studies in Financial Conflict of Interest, Export Controls and Research Integrity

All

2030

2

Check schedule

Compliance: An Exploration of Export Controls

All

2032

2

On hold

Elective Focus: Research Administration Data

UW tools available to assist academic units in analyzing their portfolio of sponsored award activity at both aggregate and granular levels.

Course Title
Lifecycle Stage
Course Code
Hours
Typically Offered
Research Administration Data: Visualizations and Reports

All

1090

2

Fall, Winter, Spring

Research Administration Data Cube

All

2090

2.5

On hold

Elective Focus: Effort Certification

Note:  Coursework for the elective focus on Managing Effort Certification is being redesigned. Some of the classes are being offered on a TBD basis. For the most up-to-date information check the CORE registration page to find dates, times and duration of any offerings.

Course Title
Lifecycle Stage
Course Code
Hours
Typically Offered
Grant and Contract Certification Reports

Manage

1061

1

Check schedule

Introduction to Faculty Effort Certification

Manage

1062

1

Check schedule

Electronic Faculty Effort Certification (eFECS) for FEC Coordinators

Manage

1063

2

Check schedule