Professional Certification: Accelerated Residency


“It’s a short, intense experience that provides the opportunity to make significant headway in terms of internalizing best practices for the field and incorporating them into one’s own work. Also, the residency provides a special opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded colleagues.”
“I will and have already recommended the Accelerated Residency to colleagues. While it was an intense experience it proved invaluable to me. I do not believe I would have come away with the same amount of clarity had I done this program any other way.”

The Accelerated Residency provides you with a unique opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues in the field. During this intensive residency, you will focus on your professional development and attend all Standards of Good Practice workshops that make up the Professional Certification Program. By the end of the residency, you return home to complete the accompanying Standards Assignments.

The Accelerated Residency is open to all participants who have applied and are enrolled in the Professional Certification Program. The cost of the Accelerated Residency is the same and attendees are responsible for covering transportation to/from the host site, lodging, and dinners.


2021 Dates Coming Soon!  | Accelerated Residency

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Details for the 2021 Accelerated Residency are currently being finalized. To apply for the Accelerated Residency, submit an application for the Professional Certification Program, and indicate your interest in the Accelerated Residency. If you are already enrolled in the Professional Certification Program, you may indicate your interest in attending the Accelerated Residency by emailing

Accelerated Residency Schedule

The 2021 Accelerated Residency will offer the six new Standards of Good Practice workshops based on the new 6th Edition of the Standards.

Below is the schedule for the 2020 Virtual Accelerated Residency.

Date Workshop
Wednesday, June 24 Framing the Standards of Good Practice
Thursday, June 25 Program Design
Friday, June 26 Program Management: From Implementation to Evaluation
Monday, June 29 Student Learning & Development I: Advising & Orientations
Tuesday, June 30 Student Learning & Development II: Reflection, Integration & Assessment
Wednesday, July 1 Health, Safety and Well-Being

Please note that the order of these workshops may change due to conditions beyond The Forum’s control.


“It was overwhelming to do it all at once but also great to be able to focus on all of them. I also like that I’ll be able to do finish the certification sooner rather than over a few years.”
“I think the Accelerated Residency is the best way to become certified. Learning from not only Forum staff and facilitators, but from our colleagues around the world was fantastic.”
“The various backgrounds, experience and levels of responsibility of the participants helped bring different points of view to all the discussions.”

Accelerated Residency Cost

  • $1,850 for Forum member institution employees, less the application cost ($200)
  • $2,550 for non-member employees, less the application cost ($300)

The cost includes the following:

  • All Standards of Good Practice workshops – 6th edition.
  • Assessment of Standards Assignments, including the Culminating Project
  • Certificate and digital badges upon successful completion of the program; use of “Certified Professional” mark
  • Ongoing certification maintenance for as long as the individual is employed in the field of education abroad at a Forum member institution or organization

Please note that attendees are required to pay in full before the beginning of the Accelerated Residency.


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Forum Fellowship

The Forum Fellowship supports education abroad professionals from HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Up to five Fellowships are awarded each year. Fellows are enrolled in The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program and are expected to participate in the summer Accelerated Residency. Accommodation for three nights is provided as part of the fellowship. Candidates or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel and meals not included. Fellows are also matched with an experienced mentor throughout their certification process. Candidates with at least 3 years of experience in education abroad are encouraged to apply. For more information about The Forum Fellowship and application deadlines visit The Forum Fellowship page.

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Scholarship support for the Professional Certification Program is provided by membership and a generous donation from Sara’s Wish Foundation.


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