Advisor Certification Program

Certification courses are offered at the annual Advisor Certification Conference each June, with limited sessions offered at the annual Fall and Spring National Conferences each October and March.

LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION

There are three levels of Advisor Certification. The first two levels are Certified Advisor I and II. The third level is designated as Master Advisor.
The requirements for levels I and II each include the satisfactory completion of a total of fifteen (15) clock hours. The requirements for Master Advisor include the satisfactory completion a total of 15 clock hours. Each course requires a minimum of two hours and ten minutes of seat time (the equivalent of 2.5 hours of clock time) with 50 minutes equated to one hour.

Six required courses must be completed for Certified Advisor I. Six additional courses, four core courses and two optional courses, are required and must be completed for Certified Advisor II.

All of the Advisor I and II requirements plus an additional eight (8) courses — four required and four optional — plus the teaching of two (2) Advisor courses or four (4) student courses — must be completed to be certified as a Master Advisor. Courses taught do not necessarily need to be taught at only ASACC conferences. Other presentations will be considered on a case by case basis for awarding credit for this requirement.

PREREQUISITIES

The Certified Advisor I requires that participants hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience at an accredited institution and be currently employed in a position that includes responsibility for involvement in an advisement role at an accredited institution.

The Certified Advisor II requires that participants have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and/or equivalent experience and a minimum of two years of student advising experience and currently hold an advisement role at an accredited educational institution.

The Master Advisor certification requires that participants hold a minimum of a Master’s degree (or the equivalent in professional experience), have a minimum of five (5) years of student advising experience and be currently involved in a profession that includes responsibility for or activity in an advisement role at an accredited institution.

All eligible recipients for all certification levels must be 21 years of age or older.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES.

Formal assessments of the learning outcomes of the participants are subjective and no written exams are required nor are grades assigned. The dialogue method of instruction is used which presupposes the active and interactive participation of each attendee. Each participant, therefore, is expected to contribute to the vitality of the training.

Certificates of Completion ordinarily are awarded at the Advisor Certification Conference each June to those who have successfully met the requirements.

BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS

The Advisor Network emphasizes the direct involvement of student government professionals from all areas of the country. The benefits of networking with peers stem from the interaction with other professionals facing similar challenges and plans for improvement of campus life.

ADVISOR CERTIFICATION CURRICULA
The curricula offered evolved from topics identified by advisors who prioritized what they thought best fit their situations and their need for additional information.

Courses are subject to change.

CERTIFIED ADVISOR I

The following courses are currently required for certification at the Certified Advisor I level.

Required Courses Clock Hours
Roles & Responsibilities 2.5
Color Code 2.5
Empowering Students 2.5
Conflict Resolution 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Totals 15

CERTIFIED ADVISOR II

In addition to having completed all of the Certified Advisor I certification courses, the following four (4) required courses and two (2) optional courses must be satisfactorily completed for certification at the Certified Advisor II level.  This includes four (4) required courses and two (2) optional courses. Optional courses are applicable to both Advisor II and Master Advisor.

Required Courses Clock Hours
Team Building 2.5
Leadership Dynamics 2.5
Leadership Profiles/The Color Code 2.5
Institutional Liabilities 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
TOTALS 15

MASTER ADVISOR

The Master Advisor certification requires completing all of the necessary Certified Advisor I and Certified Advisor II courses, the following four (4) required courses and four (2) optional courses, as well as having taught two (1) advisor or four (2) student courses must be satisfactorily completed for certification at the Master Advisor level.

Required Courses Clock Hours
Continuous Quality Improvement 2.5
Social Media Use and Pitfalls 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Optional Course 2.5
Totals 15

OPTIONAL COURSES

Approved courses on the optional curriculum list may be revised every two years as a result of needs assessment completed at the national New Student Leader and Advisor. Certification conference held each June. Participants in the Certified Advisor II tract may elect to enroll in any two (2) of the following in order to satisfy their requirements. Participants in the Master Advisor tract may enroll in any four (4) of the following in order to satisfy their requirements.

Courses on the Optional Course List are subject to change. Select courses from the Optional Course List are taught at each of the three national conferences every year. Records of all courses and certifications completed are maintained at the executive offices of ASACC.

MASTER ADVISOR RENEWALS

The Master Advisor certification is awarded in three-year time frame. The certificate is renewable by satisfying the following requirements:

1. Successfully complete at least three (3) new Advisor classes, preferably one per year; and
2. Successfully teach one (1) advisor or two (2) student sessions during the three-year time frame.

FACULTY QUALIFICATIONS

Faculty engaged in the process of presenting materials and leading discussions are expected to adhere to professional standards, have demonstrated competencies in their subject matter, and be approved as a trainer/faculty. Each faculty MUST submit a course outline to the national ASACC office at least TWO WEEKS prior to leading any presentation. Course outlines will include whatever dates or time the course is to be offered prior to being approved.