Academic Advising Certificate of Completion

The Academic Advising Certificate Program offers academic advisors and other professional members of the advising community the opportunity to customize their advising techniques to meet their individual advisement responsibilities.

To earn a certificate, participants will complete six hours of training through courses from each of three topic areas, for a total of 18 hours.

Substitutions for CET courses (such as discipline-specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and classes) will be considered satisfactory for completion of one-half or 50 percent of the course requirement in each of the three topic areas. Permission for substitutions is requested through the department chairperson or supervisor. If feasible, participants can also work with a mentor to customize an individualized program.

Certificate program courses are designed by in-house academic professionals as well as professionals from the community and are offered throughout the school year.

Topic Areas

Foundations of Advising

Both new and experienced advisors can benefit from training based on advising theory and current practices.

Suggested topics include:

  • New Advisor Training Advising and the Enrollment Process
  • Making Effective Placement Recommendation
  • Advising Theory
  • Advisors’ Roles and Responsibilities

Advising Special Groups

Post-secondary students are a diverse and challenging population. Under-standing how to manage, engage and motivate these students is essential to student-centered learning and the achievement of institutional goals.

Suggested topics include:

  • Advising Community College Students
  • Advising Students in Academic Difficulty
  • Advising International Students
  • Career Advising
  • Distance Education Advising

Advising Tools and Resources

Effective integration of technology through advising tools and resources serves to guide, expand and enhance student-centered advising. Advisors will be given an opportunity to learn how to integrate different types of technology into their advising techniques.

Suggested topics include:

  • Advanced Banner Training
    • General Student Information and Admissions
    • Registration Process
    • Degree Audits
  • WIReD and Web for Advisors
  • College Resources


Who is eligible to take the courses?
All full- and part-time Hudson Valley and EOC employees may participate at no cost except for materials, if required.

What will the certificate of completion entail?
To earn a Certificate of Completion, participants will complete six hours of training in each of three key areas (Foundations of Advising, Advising Special Groups, Advising Tools & Resources). Courses will be listed on the CET Web page and will be offered throughout the year. Each course will have substantial content — at least one and a half classroom hours delivered in person, via the Web, or in a combination determined by the instructor. Those who earn a Certificate of Completion will be recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation.

How will courses and instructors be chosen?
The Center for Effective Teaching will accept course proposals from potential instructors. Courses that meet professional development needs, as set forth by the CET, will be included as part of the Certification program. Employees interested in developing courses are encouraged to submit a Workshop/Course Proposal.

How will I know which courses may be applied towards the Certificate of Completion?
Applicable courses will be clearly identified as eligible courses in their descriptions. Upcoming Workshops and Courses

May I apply other training to the Certificate?
Substitutions for CET courses (such as discipline-specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and courses) will be accepted to satisfy up to 50 percent of each key area if the content is deemed to be substantive and relevant by the participant’s department chair or supervisor.

Will a Certificate of Completion guarantee career advancement for me?
While the Certificate of Completion will be an excellent addition to your resume other educational and experiential requirements are also considered in the hiring and promotion process.

Get in Touch

Center for Effective Teaching
Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Room 1042