Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College

       

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Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College

     

Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College

CARA has a new partnership with Mohawk College for the Research Administration Certificate and more information will be added shortly. Information is sent out regularly via the cara-net list-serve as well.

   

Structure

•      Normal enrolment period of 1 year

•      6 fully-online courses

•      interactive/engaging

•      Not a traditional self-study program!

•      Industry leading faculty members

•      Professional alignment - develop tools for the workplace; gain recognition

•      Build your network – regular meetings with your professional mentor

The 6 courses are:

1.      Introduction to the Canadian Research Funding Environment,

2.      Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance

3.      Developing Funding Proposals

4.      Research Project Management

5.      Financial Management in Research Administration

6.      Contracts and Reporting

Program Costs

The registration fee for September 2017 is $375 per course and all students are required to be CARA members. Some learning resources may be required as well.

Registration 

•      Registration will open on August 10th

•      In the meantime, please email a resume and a brief expression of interest about why you want to take the program to Mohawk College (cebusiness@mohawkcollege.ca) to express your interest

Professional Mentor 

•      Must be a CARA member

•      Not in reporting relationship with the student

•      Is a senior research manager or administrator with a strong background knowledge of the profession who is also a member of CARA

•      Provides support and encouragement to the student throughout the certificate

    

 


The Certificate in Research Administration (for students enrolled prior to 2017)

Delivered by CARA, in partnership with ARMA (UK) the Certificate in Research Administration is a professional qualification designed to provide students with an all-round introduction to the profession, ensuring they are equipped with the essential knowledge and skills required to be successful research administrators.

This Certificate is aimed primarily at research administrators working in an operational role and looking to expand their knowledge and expertise across the research project lifecycle.

The focus is on self-guided learning and assessment through work-based portfolios and submission of written work based on personal experience and research. There is a requirement to undertake some formal learning via CARA training and contact time with a Professional Mentor.

A combination of six mandatory and two optional units will provide students with an appropriate grounding in the core areas of research administration whilst at the same time offering students the flexibility to study units that may also be of general interest to them. The Certificate in Research Administration has been developed by ARMA, in collaboration with ATHE, a regulated Ofqual awarding organisation in the UK.

The Certificate in Research Administration will:

  • Provide formal recognition of a student’s competence as a professional research administrator and of their ability to support excellence in research across the research lifecycle.
  • Support a student’s development as an effective research administrator, benefiting both them and their institution.
  • Deliver opportunities for students to learn new skills and knowledge and enhance their ability to reflect on and plan improvements in their daily activity.
  • Credit students for skills, knowledge and understanding obtained prior to undertaking the qualification as well as for those directly gained through participation in the qualification.
  • Be appropriate for both full-time and part-time staff, whether new to the profession or more experienced.
  • Be recognised on the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Contact: executive_director@cara-acaar.ca

Delivered by CARA and ARMA (UK), the Certificate in Research Administration is awarded in association with ATHE, a global provider of innovative management qualifications

  

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Structure

The qualification is designed to enable students to plan the sequence and pace at which they study their chosen units.

On achieving the Certificate in Research Administration, students will be able to:

  • Practice effectively within their professional context.
  • Describe, analyse and signpost their professional competence.
  • Take responsibility for their professional learning.
  • Demonstrate an informed awareness of national, international, institutional and other contexts that affect them, their practice and their institution.

Completion of the qualification will involve up to 240 hours over two years:

  • 60 hours of formal learning, including at least 18 hours gained via CARA webinars and national conference and 24 hours of contact time with their Professional Mentor. Other formal learning might include mentoring, work-shadowing, secondment or peer-support meetings.
  • Up to 180 hours of self-guided learning will include reading, research and the preparation of a work-based portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

This professional qualification requires students to complete eight units, including six mandatory and two optional units.

To meet the requirements of a Unit students can attend CARA webinars and the national CARA conference. Mandatory Units

Indicative Unit Title

Learning Hours

The higher education research funding environment

30

Identifying funding sources

30

Costing and pricing a funding proposal

30

Financial project management

30

Research ethics, integrity and governance

30

Understanding Contracts

30

Optional Units

Indicative Unit Title

Learning Hours

Supporting the development of a funding proposal

30

Enhancing Research Impact

20

Human resources and research project management

30

Supporting postgraduate research students

50*

Supporting reporting and audit

30

Commercialisation of Research

30

Detailed information on the Units, including guidance on learning aims and outcomes and assessment criteria and methodology is included in the Unit Handbook, which will be sent to registered students.

* This Unit counts as the two optional Units required.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however students will require relevant work experience in research administration in order to complete the assignments.

Contact: executive_director@cara-acaar.ca

  

Assessment

All Units are assessed via a series of short, written assignments, which are structured to enable students to meet the Unit Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

The assignment word count is around 500 words per Unit credit (e.g. circa 1,500 words for a 3-credit unit). Students are strongly encouraged to base their written assignments on real, live examples from their own institution, wherever possible.

Completed assignments are submitted to ARMA(UK) for assessment at two points during the year: 31 March and 30 September. ARMA is managing the assessment process on behalf of CARA and will have responsibility for quality assurance of the qualification, in collaboration with the ATHE.

All assignments will be marked by Assessors, recruited from the CARA membership and CARA associates. All Assessors will have an appropriate background in research management and administration and have been appropriately trained in good assessment practice.

Contact: executive_director@cara-acaar.ca

  

Participation Requirements

Covering an extensive range of subject areas, the Certificate in Research Administration has been designed to provide students’ with an all-round introduction to the profession, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to be successful research administrators.

In order to undertake the qualification, students will be required to:

  • Identify a Professional Mentor to provide support throughout the qualification (see below)
  • Attend Qualification Induction webinar
  • Attend a minimum of 18 CARA webinars or 12 webinars plus 1 Annual Conference or 6 webinars plus 2 Annual Conferences
  • Undertake other formal learning, such as mentoring, work-shadowing, secondment, peer support, etc.
  • Undertake self-guided learning, to include reading, research and the preparation of written assignments.
  • Complete assessed work for 8 units (6 mandatory and 2 optional), including:
    • a Study Work Plan
    • a Formal Learning Record of what has been learned from the study. 

Professional Mentor

All students will be required to identify an individual willing to act in the capacity of Professional Mentor, to support the student’s engagement with the qualification. This could be someone from the student’s own institution or a different institution but who is not normally their supervisor.

The role of the Professional Mentor is to:

  • Help the student to decide which units they would like to study and when and how they might support their study with workshop attendance, formal and informal learning, as appropriate, so that they can complete their Study Work Plan
  • Act as a sounding board for the student
  • Provide support and encouragement as the student progresses through the qualification

More information about the role of the Professional Mentor is available in the Student Handbook, sent to registered students.

Contact: executive_director@cara-acaar.ca

  

Fees and Pricing

The cost of the Certificate in Research Administration consists of the Qualification Fee plus the cost of formal learning, made up of CARA webinars and/or the Annual Conference.

Qualification Fee: $1100 Canadian Dollars plus tax

The Qualification Fee includes:

  • Registration for 2 years
  • Assessment and Certification of eight units

Formal Learning

CARA webinars $90 each (Canadian Dollars plus applicable tax)

CARA National Conference registration

Formal learning (CARA webinars and the CARA National Conference) are charged separately to allow students and their institutions an opportunity to share the costs of professional training and formal assessment and certification.

Contact: executive_director@cara-acaar.ca

  

Registration

Please read the following information before registering:

1. Qualification students must be current CARA members.  If you are not a CARA member and wish to register for the qualification, please Join Us first.

2. There are no formal entry requirements, however students will require relevant work experience in research administration in order to complete the assignments.

3. Once you have successfully registered on the course, the CARA administrator will instruct you via e-mail to pay the Qualification Fee based on the Invoice issued by ARMA. Please ensure the spending has been approved before you register.  

4. Qualification Induction will be provided via webinar.

5. Places in this cohort (CRA-CAN3), commencing November 1st, 2016 are limited and will open on May 1.

When do I pay?

Do not pay until you receive an invoice in Canadian dollars.

How do I register?

To register, please email Sarah Lampson or Nina Papuca

When do I find out what the course requirements are?

A unit handbook will be sent to all students.

What are the next steps after I register?

All students will be invited to the Induction Webinar. All students will receive a unit handbook. Students may identify their professional mentor at any time.

  

Professional Mentors

All students will be required to identify an individual willing to act in the capacity of Professional Mentor, to support the student’s engagement with the qualification. This could be someone from the student’s own institution or a different institution but who is not normally their line manager.

The role of the Professional Mentor is to:

  • Help the student to decide which Units they would like to study and when and how they might support their study with workshop attendance, formal and in Formal Learning, as appropriate, so that they can complete their Study Work Plan;
  • Act as a sounding board for the student;
  • Provide support and encouragement as the student progresses through the qualification.

The Professional Mentor will normally be a research manager or administrator or have strong background knowledge of the profession and related issues. Students can expect to meet with their Professional Mentor for an average of 2-3 hours per Unit, i.e. one hour per month over two years. Professional Mentors will support no more than two students at any one time.

Please send Mentoring Applications to webinars@cara-acaar.com

  

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member of CARA to enroll on a qualification?

Yes.  Membership is available on an individual basis and is open to those with a predominantly management or administrative involvement in research within any discipline, in the private, public and charity sectors, and at all levels of experience.  Find out how to join here.

Which qualification is most relevant to me?

We offer two distinct, separate professional qualifications, each of which is recognized by Ofqual and aligned to the UK’s Qualifications and Credit Framework:

  • The Certificate in Research Administration is aimed primarily at research administrators working in an operational role and looking to expand their knowledge and expertise across the research project lifecycle.
  • The Certificate in Research Management is designed for colleagues with at least four years of experience in research management and administration, gained in several of the areas covered by the Certificate Units, who want to demonstrate their strategic and operational management knowledge, skills and expertise across multiple research projects.

How do I register?

To register, please email Sarah Lampson or Nina Papuca

When can I register?

Registration opens twice a year, in May (for 1st November start date) and in December (for 1st April start date) for second cohort.

What are the registration fees?

  • Certificate in Research Administration: $1100 Canadian Dollars +tax
  • Certificate in Research Management: $1450 Canadian Dollars + tax

CARA webinars and the CARA National Conference are charged separately to allow students and their institutions an opportunity to share the costs of professional training and formal assessment and certification. The National Conference registration cost may vary each year.  Webinars cost $90 Canadian Dollars plus taxes.

Can the fees be paid in installments?

No, the registration fee must be paid in full in advance of study. Fees for training workshops and webinars can be paid separately, as and when a delegate place is reserved.

How will I choose the CARA workshops to attend?

Students will be provided with further information to help them identify which CARA webinars and conference sessions underpin each of the qualification Units when they attend the Qualification Induction webinar.

I have attended CARA webinars in the past. Will this count towards my guided learning hours?

Students in the first cohort (starting May 2016) may count one webinar attended in the 12 months prior to registering on the qualification, e.g. since November 2014 if you register in November 2015 AND any webinar taken from December 1, 2015 forward.

Can I count webinars with free registration toward the certificate?

You may take 1 free webinar during the certificate to count for credit. In addition, volunteers may use their 2 free passes each year. Translation volunteers may use their translation credit for all applicable annual conference and webinar registration.

Can I use the free webinar passes I received for volunteering toward the certificate?

Yes, volunteers may use their passes for webinars and have those webinars count for credit. With 2 free passes each year you could take 4 webinars with the passes plus 1 of CARA’s free webinars and that would leave 13 webinars to pay for to meet program requirements over the 24 months.

Translation volunteers may use their credits towards annual conference registration and webinar registration in support of the certificate.

When would I submit my work for assessment?

Submissions for assessment are taken twice a year in March and September. These will relate to the Units studied in the preceding six months.

Where are the qualifications taught?

These are not taught qualifications. The focus is on self-guided learning and assessment through work-based portfolios and submission of written work based on personal experience and research. There is a requirement to undertake some formal learning via CARA training and contact time with a Professional Mentor.

Who should I ask to be my Professional Mentor?

All students will be required to identify an individual willing to act in the capacity of Professional Mentor.  Your Professional Mentor should ideally be in a research management and administration role, preferably in a university.  It could be someone from your own institution or a different institution, and should be someone who is not normally your line manager. Mentors are available to all CARA members through our Mentorship Program.