Certificate in Academic Advising 

The Certificate in Academic Advising was developed in 2007 by Elizabeth Sproston and Amber Fetner, two professional advisors in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, the Academic Advising Coordinating Council (AACC) began directing the Certificate in collaboration with Career Development and Training.

As of summer 2017, a new Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising is also offered. The Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising is designed for academic advisors who have completed the Certificate in Academic Advising and/or have been working as an academic advisor for two or more years. 

Certificate Requirements

This is a six-course program, including two core competency courses and four electives. Program participants will earn the certificate upon completion of the six courses and attendance at one of the Academic Advising Coordinating Council advisor workshops. All courses will be offered through Career Development and Training; participants may register for the courses through the Training and Development website: http://www.hr.uga.edu/training 

Core Competencies

Two of these courses are required for completion of the certificate.

Anatomy of a UGA degree

This course will provide an understanding of the core curriculum, UGA and Board of Regents graduation requirements, minors, certificate programs, double majors, dual degrees, interpreting transfer credit, and graduation.

Advising Theory and Practice at UGA (Formerly Excellence in Academic Advising)

This course provides a detailed look at the UGA student population, academic advising theories that can be used to assist them, advising ethics, and strategies for taking advising notes.

Introduction to Degree Works


This course will train you on how to maneuver within DegreeWorks, how to read the audit, and provide an overview of additional functionality within the system. This course is taught by the Registrar's office.


Four of these courses are required for completion of the certificate.

Pre-Health Advising: Pre-Medical & Dental Students

This course will train participants on the basics of advising pre-medical and pre-dental students.  It will cover commonly required courses, suggested courses, the MCAT and DAT as well as the admissions process and average matriculant statistics.  The goal is to give advisors foundational knowledge about these two pre-professional tracks so that they can help to better incorporate them into a student’s program of study.

Advising the Allied Health Professions at UGA

This course will cover information for advisors who work with students interested in the allied health and nursing fields. Specific admission requirements for physician assistant (PA), physical therapy, genetic counseling, and nursing programs will be discussed.

Attributions for Academic Success at UGA

Attendees will review college student development theories, characteristics of current student cohorts, and how these coincide to help explain the many facets of students at-risk of academic failure and departure from college. We will also review a wide variety of attributions, self-regulated learning skills, and campus resources most often associated with academic success at UGA from the Division of Academic Enhancements CARE program.

Career Center Connections for Academic Advisors

Learn about Career Center resources, services, and events.  Learn what a Career Consultant does and how to respond to common students' questions. This class includes a tour of the Career Center and the option to take online career assessments.

Legal Issues in Academic Advising

Gain a basic understanding of general legal information for UGA employees, including specific advice for advisors, FERPA, Open Records, e-mail, non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

Advising Transfer Students

This course will provide information about UGA undergraduate transfer students, including the application process, transfer course evaluation, nontransferable courses, the UGA Write-In Course Policy, and University System of Georgia policies related to Core-to-Core transfer. In addition, "transfer shock" adjustment issues and ways to avoid them will be discussed. The course format will be presentation and discussion.

Just-In-Time Intervention

In this course, advisors will review the many faces of at-risk students, will be given the tools to successfully stage early "interventions" with students in academic difficulty, will engage in role-playing activities that simulate interventions, and will be introduced to a selection of resources available for UGA's at risk students and the procedures for making appropriate referrals.

Disability Awareness for Academic Advisors

This course will address disability-related awareness, student vs. institutional responsibilities, campus and community resources, creating a welcoming environment, and disability-related advisor concerns.

Degreeworks: Plans Workshop

This course will train you on how to maneuver within the Plans tab in DegreeWorks, how to build a Plan, how to interpret a Plan, and basic general knowledge needed within this feature. Please email degreewk@uga.edu if you have any questions.

Identifying and Referring Distressed Students

More and more students are presenting on campus with mental health concerns and need to be referred to the most appropriate services so that they can make the most out of their college years. This session will help you recognize signs that a student is in significant distress, give some ideas about how to interact with them, and offer information about how to guide that student toward getting the assistance they need.

Advising Student Veterans

This course is designed to encourage advisors to explore the rich context associated with UGAs growing student veteran population and recognize how the new Student Veterans Resource Center is working to better serve them. Additionally within this context advisors will discuss mechanisms, framed by Executive Order 13607, designed to help our student veterans navigate around common hurdles to retention/graduation.

Following completion of the class, participants will receive a ‘Got Your Six’ sticker for their office door or window.

Understanding and Supporting Student Athletes at UGA

This course will provide an overview of the Student Athlete population at UGA, a student athlete’s daily schedule, NCAA/SEC/UGA student athlete policies, Athletic Academic Support Services at UGA and issues to consider when advising student athletes.

Advising International Students

Learn what academic advisors, staff and faculty members should know when working with international students, relating to various requests and application submissions. Participants will be well informed of basic immigration regulations related to international students and resources to assist the students.

This class can be used to satisfy a requirement for both the global certificate program and the certificate in academic advising.

Engaging Diverse Students I (Academic lens):

The University of Georgia has an incredibly diverse student population. Engaging these students in the classroom, in co-curricular events and in extra-curricular activities is critical to the mission of teaching at the university. This course allows encourages participants to learn how to recognize, appreciate and engage the diverse and differing backgrounds, perspectives and viewpoints of our students. Participants will learn how perspective, culture and world view impact the student experience and what they can do to promote inclusion by effectively engaging diverse students.

This class can be used to satisfy a requirement for both the diversity and inclusion certificate program and the certificate in academic advising.

Student Financial Aid: What Academic Advisors Need to Know

This class will teach Academic Advisors the basics of federal aid and state financial aid for college students. Topics will include how to maintain the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships, the definition of Satisfactory Academic Progress and how to apply for federal financial aid.

Education Abroad 101 for Advisors

See what students learn when they come to an Education Abroad Information Session, which is required for any student interested in making an appointment with a study abroad advisor. We'll also go over the important forms and processes that are important for your students to know about when considering education abroad, as well as what students experience during an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when can I register for the courses?

Participants can register for courses at http://www.hr.uga.edu/training 

Are the courses open to non-advisors?

All of the courses are open to all UGA employees.

What cost is associated with the program?

The courses and the Academic Advising Coordinating Council advisor workshops are free of charge.


updated 2.20.2017 kelleeg@uga.edu

Do I need to be in the certificate program to take the courses?

No, you may take as many or as few courses as you like. If you choose to complete the certificate later, you may include the courses you have already taken.

How do I know when I have completed the certificate?

Use this SELF-TRACKER to track your progress toward completing the requirements for the Certificate in Academic Advising (CAA). You may also contact Training and Development for a transcript of the courses you have completed, training@uga.edu

How will I receive my certificate?

Participants who complete all of the certificate requirements will be recognized at the fall advisor workshop.  Look for an e-mail each fall, inviting CAA participants to this event.

Other questions:

Please e-mail advising@uga.edu with questions about certificate completion.

Please e-mail Amber Fetner, CAA Committee Chair, to propose a course, apply to be an instructor or with other questions about the program, afetner@uga.edu


updated 6.29.2017 askfranklin@uga.edu