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Remote Work Certificate Program

Remote work is any form of work in which you are not required to regularly commute to and work from a centralized location. Since 2005, remote work has grown by 173%. This means that regardless of where you live, there are work opportunities which you can take advantage of today.

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About this Certificate

The Purdue Center for Regional Development/Purdue Extension Community Development have partnered with Utah State University Extension to offer the Remote Work Professional certificate course, a 1-month specialized training which combines online work with interactive workshops. This educational program is designed to equip workers with the tools and skills needed to work from home as a remote worker, freelancer, or entrepreneur. Specific objectives and outcomes for each module of the course are identified at the beginning of each set of modules. The program consists of nine core modules, delivered in a self-paced, online format, and four interactive workshops. Check out the Remote Work Certificate flyer to learn more.

Upon completing this program, you will join a growing online community of remote work professionals that support each other by sharing best practices and job opportunities.

 

Price

$ 199
one-time fee
  • 9 Modules
  • 30 Hours
  • 4 Weeks
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Eligibilty

To participate in the courses, you will need the following tools and abilities:

Reliable Access
to Broadband

Participation in the modules and workshops throughout this online course will require a stable internet connection.

Web Camera &
Microphone Required

Participation in the modules and workshops throughout this online course will require either a working laptop or desktop with a working web camera and microphone. Tablets and smartphones will not be sufficient.

Basic Computer
Proficiency

Student success in this course will require proficiency in the areas listed below. While we do teach the use of new tools, a basic proficiency in the listed areas will be required. Are you able to do the following on a computer?

  • Send an email, with an attachment
  • Download or upload a file to your desktop
  • Do basic tasks in a word processing and spreadsheet program

What You Will Learn

The program consists of nine core modules with the following objectives:

1

Module 1

Work Day

Summary: Learn more about the components of an average day in the life of a remote worker, including mobile office, flexible schedule, and equipment.

Objectives: Computer, webcam, and audio are set up with a professional background. Meeting and schedule are successfully coordinated and added to calendar.

2

Module 2

Communication

Summary: Discuss the unique strategies and requirements of virtual communication, including styles, tools, and empathy.

Objectives: Messages are professional, clear, and accurate. Agenda and report are detailed and complete. Actively participate in meeting my contributing often.

3

Module 3

Workflow

Summary: Understand the processes of task management, including projects, delegation, goals, and tracking.

Objectives: Project management tool successfully set up. Project includes discrete tasks, timeline, dependent tasks, and participants. Can update project regularly.

4

Module 4

Productivity and Time Management

Summary: Evaluate the strategies for effective independent personal management, including productivity, motivation, and scheduling.

Objectives: Tracks time including detailed information. Daily priorities match task/project/team priorities. Schedule shows effective time management.

5

Module 5

Teams

Summary: Learn about how teamwork occurs in a virtual work environment, including trust, project collaboration, and "netiquette."

Objectives: All phases of team collaboration are completed and collaborative task is finished. Participated actively and facilitated others' involvement.

6

Module 6

Compliance

Summary: Discuss the legal precautions of working online, including information security, risk prevention, and office compliance.

Objectives: Password manager installed. Security checklist is complete and accurate. Can identify common security risks.

7

Module 7

Critical Thinking

Summary: Understand how to problem solve autonomously, including finding resources for solutions, earning trust, and filtering information.

Objectives: List of resources are credible. Solution steps are clearly and accurately outlined. Resolution is succinctly summarized.

8

Module 8

Virtual Careers

Summary: Evaluate and prepare for virtual career options, including personal branding, virtual job search processes, and remote industry options.

Objectives: Format for portfolio is clear; work portfolio is complete; work portfolio has been successfully shared and reviewed.

9

Module 9

Remote Job Development

Summary: Design the remote career of your choice and prepare a proposal for your Program Coordinator.

Objectives: Program outcomes for all modules have been reviewed and evaluated; agenda for meeting with Program Coordinator is clear and complete.

Next Steps

Follow the steps below to enroll in the program.

Complete the Purchase

To ensure coaches can spend quality time with you, there is a limit of 40 seats per class granted on a first come, first serve basis. You will be added to a waiting list in case this limit is reached. Purchase the course. Once payment is received you will be accepted to the program. Applicants residing in Indiana are expected to pay a nominal fee of $199 for the program if the eligibility listed above is met. There will be no refunds.

Apply the Code

Once you have paid and registered, one of our coaches will reach out to you to introduce themselves and provide you with an important individual code. Once you receive this code, you need to formally apply to the program. Use of this code is critical to ensure you are given proper credit by Purdue University upon successful completion of this program.

Begin the Course

Our program coaches will help you throughout the course. Thank you for your interest and look forward to getting you certified!

Course Dates

Course dates for 2022 are listed below and updated often.

Start Date
August 1
End Date
August 26
Application Deadline
July 27, 2022 2 PM ET
Workshop Days (Thursdays)
August 4, 11, 18 & 25
Workshop Times (1 hour)
3 PM or 8 PM ET

Start Date
September 6
End Date
September 30
Application Deadline
August 31, 2022 2 PM ET
Workshop Days (Thursdays)
September 8, 15, 22 & 29
Workshop Times (1 hour)
3 PM or 8 PM ET

Start Date
October 3
End Date
October 28
Application Deadline
September 28, 2022 2 PM ET
Workshop Days (Thursdays)
October 6, 13, 20 & 27
Workshop Times (1 hour)
3 PM or 8 PM ET

Start Date
November 7
End Date
December 9
Application Deadline
November 2, 2022 2 PM ET
Workshop Days (Thursdays)
November 10, 17 & December 1, 8
Workshop Times (1 hour)
3 PM or 8 PM ET
Start Date End Date Application Deadline Workshop Days
(Thursdays)
Workshop Times
(1 hour)
August 1 August 26 July 27, 2022
2 PM ET
August 4, 11, 18 & 25 3 PM or 8 PM ET
September 6 September 30 August 31,
2022
2 PM ET
September 8, 15, 22 & 29 3 PM or 8 PM ET
October 3 October 28 September 28,
2022
2 PM ET
October 6, 13, 20 & 27 3 PM or 8 PM ET
November 7 December 9 November 2,
2022
2 PM ET
November 10, 17 &
December 1, 8
3 PM or 8 PM ET
 

Remote Work Coaches

Meet the remote work coaches that will help you throughout this program.

emily del real

Emily Del Real

Engagement Specialist
 

mlinda grismer

Melinda Grismer

Community and Regional Development Specialist

tanya hall

Tanya Hall

Regional Educator
 

emily del real

Rita Gillis

County Extension Director
 

mlinda grismer

Jose Valtierra

Extension Educator
 

tanya hall

Dallas Evans

Extension Educator
 

julie rigrish

Mary Foell

Extension Educator
 

 

Get Started

Follow the link to finalize the purchase and begin the course.

Price

$ 199
one-time fee
  • 9 Modules
  • 30 Hours
  • 4 Weeks
Register