Continuing Education Requirements
Duke University recognizes that learning is constant and as such endorses the concept of renewing both professional knowledge and skills through continuing education. The goal of the RCC continuing education requirement is to ensure that new processes, procedures, technologies, and skills are adopted by the grant management community. Thus, RCC continuing education classes represent the opportunity to gain new knowledge and to acquire new and/or revised practices by meeting annual continuing education requirements.
In addition, some positions at Duke require employees to maintain certification through continuing education. While certification requirements vary, all persons in the following job classifications are required to maintain certification in specific RCC programs (RAA, AGM, RAI): Grants and Contracts Administrator (2647); Grants and Contracts Manager (2648); Senior Grants and Contracts Manager (2649); Research Administrator (2627); Research Administration Manager (2628); Associate Director, Research Administration (2629).
In order for certified Duke employees to renew their certification(s), they are required to complete continuing education every fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). At the end of each fiscal year, each certified employee’s training portfolio is reviewed to ensure the continuing education requirements were met throughout that fiscal year. Completion of these requirements renews the certification for another fiscal year. However, neglecting to meet continuing education requirements invalidates all certifications.
The continuing education requirements to maintain RAA, AGM and RAI certifications are:
- Management of Selected Post Award Issues (MSPAI) – 1 credit
- 4 other continuing education credits (See below for classes and other professional activities that count towards renewal)
- Required Fastracks – Beginning July 2014
Management of Selected Post Award Issues is updated at the start of each fiscal year to provide up-to-date information and developments in research administration that affect Duke’s grant management community. Therefore, it is required that certified employees attend this class every year to maintain their certification(s).
Research Costing Compliance recommends that supervisors and grant managers work together to select continuing education opportunities that are relevant to the employee’s job duties.
During the fiscal year that a certificate program is completed by a Duke employee already holding another certificate, the only continuing education requirement for that person is the mandatory Management of Selected Post Award Issues class.
New Continuing Education Requirements for FY15
The field of research administration is dynamic, and our sponsors as well as Duke are continually pushing out new initiatives and rules changes. RCC reserves the right to require mandatory continuing education on any of these new rules, regulations, initiatives, etc.
Ways to Earn Continuing Education Credit
RAA core classes, electives, and AGM classes may be counted as continuing education credit. The RCC Course Catalog indicates whether a course counts for continuing education credit. In addition, continuing education credit is noted in the course description in the Duke LMS. All classes include a quiz, which must be completed within the allotted timeframe and passed with a score of 80% or greater to count towards continuing education credit. Some classes include homework assignments, which also must be completed on time in order for the class to count for CE credit.
Quarterly meetings held by the following central offices. RCC receives copies of the sign-in sheets for these meetings – you will only receive credit if you sign the roster.
The semi-annual Certified Research Administrator (CRA) Study Group provided by RCC also counts as continuing education credit, if you attend all sessions.
- Attendance to external professional organization meetings count as continuing education credit. To request continuing education credit for attending a professional meeting, please submit a Request for RCC Certification Credit form.
Attending the annual Symposium for Research Administrators at Duke counts as continuing education credit. To receive credit for participation in the Symposium, attendees must complete evaluations of event and break-out sessions. Further details of how to earn credit for attending the Symposium are provided at the event.
Number of Credits Provided for Continuing Education Opportunities
The following training opportunities count as 1 continuing education credit:
- All training and meetings provided by RCC, ORA, ORS, OSP, and DECO
- AGM classes
- RAA Classes and Electives
- Half day at Symposium for Research Administrators
The following training opportunities count as 2 continuing education credits:
- Office of Internal Audit’s all day Continuing Education Series
- RCC’s CRA Study Group (must attend all sessions)
- External professional organization meetings
- All day at Symposium for Research Administrators
How to Request Continuing Education Credit for Other Training
- To request continuing education credit for attendance to an external professional meeting, please complete and submit the Request for RCC Certification Credit form.
- Continuing education credit for other research administration training activities not already listed may be requested by completing and submitting the RCC Application to Provide Continuing Education Credit form.