Certification

The certification program structure is based on advising literature which suggests the typical learning curve of academic and career advisors and counselors is approximately 2 years (Folsom, Joslin, & Yoder, 2005) and involves development in five training areas: conceptual, informational, relational, technological, and personal (Habley, 1995; Higginson, 2000; McClellan, 2007). It also builds on the proposed NACADA certification standards or competencies (NACADA Certification Task Force, 2003). Consistent with this literature, the structure consists of four stages of academic advisors development, each of which has a different focus and requirements: initial training, first year training, second year training, on-going certification.

UVU Personnel

Assessment Scheduling

schedule appointment

If you encounter problems scheduling your assessment, please contact Sarah Grelle Sarah.Grelle@uvu.edu or extension 6556.

Forms

Handbook

The current advisor training process incorporates traditional and non-traditional instructional methods. Traditional approaches include classroom instruction, mentoring, and job-shadowing. Non-traditional methods involve self-paced multimedia modules, using streaming video, and online services.

The On-line advisor handbook is a webpage directly linked to numerous URLs which provide up-to-date and accurate information related to most advising questions and processes.

Primary Role Advisor Certification Structure

Training Stage
Purpose of Training
Initial Training
Foundation
1st Year Training
Familiarity
2nd Year Training
Fluency
Ongoing (3 Year Cycle)
Focused Professional Development
 

Training Stage
Requirements for Certification/Recertification
Initial Training
New Advisor Training
1st Year Training
  • Skill Development Workshops (SDW) (4 sessions)
  • Observational Visit (6 months)
  • Advisor Forum (80% attendance)
  • Annual Advisor Conference
2nd Year Training
  • Advising Course
  • Advisor Forum (80% attendance)
  • Annual Advisor Conference
  • Skill Development Workshops (SDW) (4 sessions)
Ongoing (3 Year Cycle)
  • Annual Advisor Conference
  • Skill Development Workshops (SDW) (12 sessions)
  • Advisor Forum (80% attendance)
  • 15 Continuing Development hours
 

Training Stage
Certification Level
Initial Training
Basic
1st Year Training
Level I Advisor
2nd Year Training
Level II Advisor
Ongoing (3 Year Cycle)
Advisor Recertification
 

Reporting AEU's

AEU Approval and Tracking

Upon completion of an applicable AEU event, advisors are required to complete a AEU Request Form in the Advisor Certification System. The request form will include information regarding the specific event, a report on applicable learning and any applicable action plan. Application for service credit will also require similar information and statements regarding the resulting effects of the service time rendered.

AEUs will be approved by the submitting advisor’s supervisor within the ACS system. Once the advisor submits the request the system will email the advisor's supervisor letting them know that they have a request to approve; the supervisor will then take action to review and approve the request if appropriate.