Academic Advising Certificate of Completion

Hudson Valley Community College considers Academic Advisors to be critical to fulfilling the college’s mission of providing “dynamic, student-centered, comprehensive and accessible educational opportunities that address the diverse needs of the community.” The Center for Effective Teaching and Instructional Support Services & Retention Unit created the Academic Advising Certificate Program to provide academic advisors with the resources and opportunities necessary to improve their craft.

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 courses from each of three topic areas, for a total of eighteen hours, as shown in the table below. Participants earn the certificate upon the successful completion of all eighteen hours.

  • Six hours of courses from Foundations of Advising topic area
  • Six hours of courses from Advising Special Groups topic area
  • Six hours of courses from Advising Tools and Resources topic area

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. Additional information about the Academic Advising Certificate Program and other professional development opportunities can be found by browsing these web pages.

Academic Advising Certificate Program Key Areas

Topic Area



Foundations of Advising Both new and experienced advisors can benefit from training based on advising theory and current practices. View
Current Course
Advising Special Groups Post-secondary students are a diverse and challenging population. Understanding how to manage, engage and motivate these students is essential to student-centered learning and the achievement of institutional goals.
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.

See a topic in which you have some expertise or experience? The Center for Effective Teaching is always looking for course proposals and ideas. Submit an RFP online by logging on to to submit a proposal. Up to $450 is available for delivery of the course for the first time. Subsequent sections of the class are remunerated at approximately $50 per contact hour.

Q and A about the Certificate of Completion

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

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 webpage 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 Faculty Development Steering Committee will accept course proposals from potential instructors. Courses that meet employee professional development needs, as set forth by the committee and the Staff Development Steering Committee, will be announced as part of the Certificate program. Instructors interested in developing courses are encouraged to submit an RFP.

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 on the Professional Development website.

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 Certificate key area category, subject to approval 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 or teaching portfolio, individual departments at Hudson Valley Community College determine their own needs and qualifications for advancement.