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OBFS Certification Program

How Do I Get Certified?

Certification Process 

Below are the steps for the certification process:

Self-Paced Tracks vs. Cohorts

The process of obtaining approval to participate in a certification track differs depending on whether it is modeled as a self-paced course or a cohort. Self-paced tracks may be completed one lesson at a time and allow you to work through the modules when it is most convenient for you. A cohort provides an interactive learning experience and builds a collaborative environment.

To participate in a self-paced course, you must:

  • Obtain your supervisor’s approval.

  • Submit an online application.

To participate in a cohort, you must:

  • Be nominated by your supervisor or by a colleague, with prior approval from your supervisor.

  • Be approved by the Selection Committee.

*Due to small class size and high demand, participation in cohorts may be limited.

Certificates are issued by track, and an employee must be nominated or approved separately for different certification tracks. For all tracks, employees must pass the assessment with a score of at least 80%.

Certification tracks are either modeled as cohort (face-to-face) or self-paced (web-based, online). Cohort modeled tracks cannot be taken as self-paced, and vice versa. Please view the table below to verify the certification tracks types.


Cohort (face-to-face)
Self-Paced (web-based)
 Business Administrator Certification Program
 Service Activity Basics

 Inviting and Onboarding Foreign Nationals

 

Self-Paced tracks have a completion deadline. Please view the table below to verify the completion deadlines for tracks originating throughout the year.


Program Enrollment Month

If you enroll in...

Program Completion Deadline

You must complete by...

January May 31
February
June 30
March July 31
April
August 31
May September 30
June October 31
July November 30
August December 31
September January 31
October February 28
November
March 31
December April 30

Nomination Process

You must be nominated by your supervisor or by a colleague, with prior approval from your supervisor, and then approved by the Selection Committee to participate in a cohort. Any employee of the University of Illinois System who performs business transactions or operations can be nominated. Currently, no nomination opportunities are available. Please check back during a nomination cycle.

After your nomination has been submitted, your supervisor will get a confirmation email within two business days. The Selection Committee has two weeks to review and approve your participation.

If you are approved, you will get an email from OBFS with the next steps you need to take.

Application Process

For self-paced certification tracks, you must have your supervisor's approval and submit an online application. 

Any employee of the University of Illinois System who performs business transactions or operations can apply. When available, you will be able to find the OBFS Certification Program Application form.

After your information has been entered into the Learning Management System (LMS), you will get an email from OBFS with the next steps you need to take. 

Orientation

Access these guides to learn more about learner expectations, program requirements, course logistics, and navigating the Learning Management System (LMS).

Last updated: July 16, 2018

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