FAQs

Are there any discounts available for this program?

No.

Are there any scholarships available for this program?

Yes, we have a limited number of $500 scholarships based on financial need that you can apply for during the registration process.

What does a typical day look like?

There are usually 3-4 presentations and /or field trips, with breaks. Breakfast and lunch are also included.

What is the time commitment per week?

During the on campus section, the time commitment is about 40 hours.

Do I have to stay in the university’s dorms?

We do offer on campus housing with the option of a single or double room. There are also plenty of hotels around the area to make overnight accommodations at.

Who are typical student audiences taking this course?

Participants form a diverse array of campus professionals. Here are a list of some of our participants’ titles:

  • Deans and Positions of Administrative Leadership
  • Faculty who chair Sustainability Committees
  • Operations and Facilities Directors
  • Campus Sustainability Coordinators
  • Plant Operations and Sustainability Directors
  • Landscape, Grounds, and Recycling Managers
  • Student Services Directors
  • Student Engagement and Sustainability Directors
  • Project Planners

Are materials included? If yes, how are they distributed?

All course materials are included in the price and will be accessed through Blackboard, our online platform.

Is this program accredited?

Program participants earn a Certificate of Achievement through the University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education upon successful completion.

Is this a graduate level program?

This program is designed for professionals who are rising leaders, supervisors and managers of all levels. No undergraduate degree is required to participate in the program.  Some of our participants have more advanced degrees.

Do you offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program?

Yes, we offer 3.1 CEUs when you complete the program.

continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing educationprograms to assist the professional to maintain his or her license in their profession. Continuing education or professional development is required in many fields, including teachers, insurance professionals, interior designers/interior architects, lighting designers, architects, engineers, emergency management professionals, school administrators, educators, nurses, mental health professionals, psychologists and social workers. The continuing education unit is described as ten hours of participation in an education program.

The term CEU is not a trademarked term; therefore, any educational institution may use it to describe their courses. In this regard, there are no requirements for educator qualifications that are attached to each institutions courses when offering CEUs. There have been some bodies created which are attempting to standardize and accredit institutions using the term CEU, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training being one of them; however, professions and industries usually regulate their approved continuing education within their bylaws and not one institute or accrediting body has become a standard to accept in this regard. Professionals should always consult their Association or regulating body prior to embarking on continuing education and not assume a CEU will be accepted as part of their professional development

Do I have to pay for parking?

Yes if you are parking on campus. When you register you can opt for a parking pass, which is required on weekdays for on-campus parking. A parking permit is included for those staying on campus.

Is Federal or Institutional Financial Aid available? Also, is tuition remission available for UVM employees?

While this non-credit Certificate does not qualify for federal student grants, loans or University of Vermont scholarships, depending on your home state, this program may qualify for workforce development grants. Contact your State Department of Labor to determine which grants may support individuals seeking education to pursue opportunities for career change. This is a Non-Credit program therefore tuition remission is unavailable for UVM employees. UVM employees may select the 20% discount option available during registration.

The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through the Vermont Student Assistance Corp, (VSAC), and are distributed based on financial need.

Can I enroll in this Certificate if I am an out-of-state or international student? Does the tuition rate differ if I am an out-of-state or international student?

Yes! Anyone may enroll in the program. The tuition rate is set at $1,950 for all students and does not differ based on a student’s residency.

Are payment plans available?

No formal payment plans are currently available for this program, tuition must be paid in full prior to beginning the program. You have the option of paying in full, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, ensuring the balance due is two weeks prior to the start of the offering.

What is the payment policy?

All payments must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of this offering. A participant will not be allowed to attend this program if a balance is due. You have the option of paying in full by credit card, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration, however, ensuring the balance due is two weeks prior to the start of the offering.  You will receive email reminders if you have a balance due.   If you are paying by a check or purchase order, e mail payments to University of Vermont CDE, 322 South Prospect Street, Burlington VT 05401, ATTN:  Accounts Receivable.

What is the refund policy?

If you need to cancel your attendance from this offering, you must notify us via email at cdecs@uvm.edu at least 3 days prior to the start date of this offering, to receive a full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. If a medical condition necessitates cancellation/withdrawal (documentation provided), this will be reviewed by our Studies Committee for any type of a refund.

Why should I attend this program over others?

At the University of Vermont, we believe colleges and universities have the opportunity and responsibility to pave the way for sustainable communities by creating sustainable campuses and leading by example. We believe that everyone is responsible for sustainability at UVM. Initiatives include our Eco-Reps network, zero bottled water policy on campus, locally-sourced organic food in our dining halls, and comprehensive composting and recycling throughout our University community.

Who is this program designed to serve?

The Campus Sustainability Leadership Certificate is here to serve individuals who have a passion for sustainability, or a role that impacts sustainability practices on their campus. It is also for those who are interesting in gaining practical leadership skills and want to develop systems thinking in campus sustainability practices. Additionally, this course is made for people who are interested in discussing partnership opportunities and ways of leveraging community organizations.

Will I receive a 1098-T for this program?

1098-T forms are not issued for this program. However, you may be eligible for a tax credit without this form if you meet IRS requirements.  For more information, please see this link https://www.irs.gov/individuals/llc or consult with a tax professional.