Remote Work Certificate

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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.

Overview

About this Certificate

The Remote Work Certificate course is designed to equip workers with the tools and skills they need to transition from on-site work into a virtual career. It combines independent online work with four interactive workshops.

This professional certificate requires 24-30 hours to complete (6-8 hours per week over 4 weeks).


Program Requirements

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

  • Reliable Access to Broadband
  • Web Camera and Microphone
  • Basic Computer Proficiency

Course Content

There are nine modules delivered in a self-paced, online format. The program includes four live, interactive workshops, proving an opportunity for students to discuss career goals and review content from the modules in a virtual environment that mimics a real remote team.

Module 1: Work Day – Learn more about the components of an average day in the life of a remote worker, including mobile office, flexible schedule, and equipment.

Module 2: Communication – Discuss the unique strategies and requirements of virtual communication, including styles, tools, and empathy.

Module 3: Workflow – Understand the processes of task management, including projects, delegation, goals, and tracking.

Module 4: Productivity and Time Management — Evaluate the strategies for effective independent personal management, including productivity, motivation, and scheduling.

Module 5: Teams — Learn about how teamwork occurs in a virtual work environment, including trust, project collaboration, and “netiquette.”

Module 6: Compliance — Discuss the legal precautions of working online, including information security, risk prevention, and office compliance.

Module 7: Critical Thinking — Understand how to problem solve autonomously, including finding resources for solutions, earning trust, and filtering information.

Module 8: Virtual Careers — Evaluate and prepare for virtual career options, including personal branding, virtual job search processes, and remote industry options.

Module 9: Remote Job Development — Design the remote career of your choice and prepare a proposal for your Program Coordinator.

Course Dates

The course dates for 2022 are listed below.

Start/End Application Deadline (2 PM ET) Workshop Days (Thursdays) Workshop Times (1hr)
January 4 – January 28 ENDED January 6, 13, 20 & 27 3 PM or 8 PM ET
February 7 – March 4 February 2 February 10, 17, 24 & March 3 3 PM or 8 PM ET
March 7 – April 1 March 2 March 10, 17, 24 & 31 3 PM or 8 PM ET
April 4 – April 29 March 30 April 7, 14, 21 & 28 3 PM or 8 PM ET
May 2 – May 27 April 27 May 5, 12, 19 & 26 3 PM or 8 PM ET
June 6 – July 1 June 1 June 9, 16, 23 & 30 3 PM or 8 PM ET
August 1 – August 26 July 27 August 4, 11, 18 & 25 3 PM or 8 PM ET
September 6 – September 30 August 31 September 8, 15, 22 & 29 3 PM or 8 PM ET
October 3 – October 28 September 28 October 6, 13, 20 & 27 3 PM or 8 PM ET
November 7 – December 9 November 2 November 10, 17 & December 1, 8 3 PM or 8 PM ET

Coaches

Emily Del Real Engagement Specialist Purdue Center for Regional Development
Tanya Hall Regional Educator Purdue Extension
Melinda Grismer Community and Regional Development Specialist Purdue Extension and Center for Regional Development
Julie Rigrish Regional Director Purdue Center for Regional Development