Professional Certification: Cost & Scholarships

Professional Certification Program Cost

This is the cost for the Certification Program based on the 5th Edition of the Standards.

  • $1,850 for an individual employed by a Forum member institution, less the application cost ($200)
  • $2,550 for a non-member, less the application cost ($300)

*If you attended Standards of Good Practice Workshops since March, 2015, The Forum will apply the early-bird registration cost for each workshop you attended toward the Professional Certification cost.


New Certification Program based on the 6th edition of the Standards

The new edition of the Professional Certification Program based on the 6th Edition of the Standards will be available in Fall 2020. Professionals who enroll in this new program are welcomed to attend the Accelerated Residency in Carlisle, PA, June 22-24, 2020..

Early Enrollment:

  • $1,850 for an individual employed by a Forum member institution, less the application cost ($200)
  • $2,550 for a non-member, less the application cost ($300)

Regular Cost Starting April 16, 2020:

  • $2,250 for an individual employed by a Forum member institution, less the application cost ($200)
  • $2,999 for a non-member, less the application cost ($300)


The cost includes:

  • All six certification modules, including attendance in person and online at six workshops
  • Assessment of Standards Assignments, including the Culminating Project
  • Certificate upon successful completion of the program and 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

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.


Logo of Sara's Wish Foundation, which includes the name of the organization and a photo of Sara Schewe smiling

Scholarships are available to individuals who are applying for the Certification Program without the financial support of their institution; additionally, the individual must be from a member institution. To be considered for a scholarship, indicate your interest and provide the requested information on the Professional Certification application form. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate financial need and how certification will benefit them and their organization. Scholarship awards may range from $250 to $750, depending on applicant need, and will be applied to program cost.

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

Group Discounts

A group discount of $300/participant is offered to three or more participants from a Forum member institution.

The Forum strongly encourages institutions to submit three or more applications at the same time in order for the group discount to be applied to all participants. Applications submitted within six months of each other will qualify for the group discount. The group discount will be applied at the time the third application is received. Please note that individuals who apply for and receive a scholarship are not eligible for the group discount and may not be counted as one of the three participants to qualify for this discount.

Payment Options

Payment can be made in full at the time of acceptance into the program or in three equal payment installments submitted at the following intervals:

  • time of acceptance into the program
  • after three of the modules have successfully been completed
  • prior to starting the Culminating Project

Certification Maintenance Cost

  • Member = There is no cost for certification maintenance as long as an individual is employed by a Forum institutional member.
  • Non-Member = $100/every two years.

Withdrawal from the Program

Participants who embark on the Certification Program and then choose not to complete all of the modules and associated Standards Assignments that comprise the program within the recommended three years will not be entitled to a refund.

In cases where documented, extenuating circumstances beyond the participant’s control develop, the following refund schedule will apply:

  • Withdrawal from program after 1/3 complete (participation in all 6 workshops) = Credit of 50% of program cost
  • Withdrawal from program after 1/2 complete (participation in all 6 workshops plus at least 2 assignments completed) = Credit of 25% of program cost
  • Withdrawal from program after 2/3 completion (participation in all 6 workshops plus at least 5 assignments completed) = Credit of 10% of program cost

Please note that if your institution pays the certification cost and you later withdraw from the program or leave the institution, the refund/credit will be issued back to the institution, according to the withdraw policy above.  If you plan to continue with certification at another institution, the full certification cost will be due, less the application cost. (Policy updated 6/14/2017)