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Consultant Certification

Fall 2022 Dates

All undergraduate consultants are encouraged to pursue further training by working toward UWC certifications. Completing certifications will help you improve your practice as a consultant and allow you to dive into writing center topics that interest you. Participating in the certification program will also provide you with professional skills that are valuable in many workplaces that you may enter after graduating from UT. Additionally, after completing two certifications, undergraduates will be considered for an hourly pay raise.

Certification Graduation, Fall 2022: November 28

As Fall 2022 trainings become available, Assistant Program Coordinator Andy Wright will post them.

STEM Writing

  • TBA

Professional Writing and Applications

  • TBA

Business Writing

  • TBA

We will work to keep you informed as more training events are developed. If you find a training opportunity offered outside the UWC, please check with Andy Wright about counting it towards certification.

Undergrad Pay and Raises

Undergrad consultants can earn a raise after completing two certifications. Starting pay for undergrad consultants is $13.80/hour. After one year of employment, their pay goes up to $14.25/hour. Qualifying consultants will receive an hourly rate of $14.70/hour the semester after they have completed two certifications regardless of the duration of their employment, although the certifications are designed to take approximately a year to complete. All certification requirements must be completed and submitted before the certification graduation date (set near the end of each semester) in order for to qualify for the raise the next semester. Andy Wright will email staff the relevant dates and workshop opportunities each semester.

 Student Assistants/Front Desk Workers start at $13.20/hour. 

General Requirements

Consultants can earn certifications in the following areas:

  • STEM Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Professional Writing and Applications
  • Scholarly Editing and Publishing
  • Digital Communication and Visualization

Each certification has an entry level and an advanced level for a total of 10 available certifications.

All consultants pursuing an in-house certification must have completed our general UWC orientation and training checklist. Consultants must also fully follow writing center policy and guidelines by maintaining consistent attendance, professional demeanor, and a high note completion rate.

All consultation-based certifications include a required mentor debrief. This will be scheduled after you have completed the required number of consultations and submitted the required record of workshop attendance and self-assessment to the UWC Training Canvas page.

Your consultant dashboard tracks your progress towards consultation-based certifications.

All advanced certifications require you to draft a researched consultation resource like a handout or a guided prompt. These resources should cite a scholarly resource on Writing Center pedagogy and use that source to suggest useful strategies for consultations.

Requirements for these certifications are to be submitted through the UWC Training Canvas page. If you are a consultant and don’t have access to this page, contact Laura Tarrant to be added.

Professional Writing and Applications

Certificate in Professional Writing and Applications

  • Attend one training workshop or panel in this area
  • Complete 25 consultations on personal statements, cover letters, application letters, resumes, etc.
  • Complete a consultation performance self-assessment and mentor debrief

Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing and Applications

  • Attend a second training workshop or panel in this area
  • Complete an additional 5 consultations on personal statements, cover letters, application letters, resumes, etc. (30 total, at least 1 must be a resume)
  • Complete a second consultation performance self-assessment and mentor debrief
  • Produce a researched aid for consultants working in this area. This can take the form of a handout or similar guide and must cite at least one piece of pedagogical research
  • Write a reflective blog post, for potential publication on AXIS, on the consultation experience(s) and how you implemented your training

STEM Writing

Certificate in STEM Writing

  • Attend one training workshop or panel in this area
  • Complete 10 consultations on lab reports, research projects/articles, STEM coursework/assignments, etc.
  • Complete a consultation performance self-assessment and mentor debrief

Advanced Certificate in STEM Writing

  • Attend a second training workshop or panel in this area
  • Complete an additional 3 consultations on lab reports, research projects/articles, STEM coursework/assignments, etc. (13 total)
  • Complete a second consultation performance self-assessment and mentor debrief
  • Produce a researched aid for consultants working in this area. This can take the form of a handout or similar guide and must cite at least one piece of pedagogical research
  • Write a reflective blog post, for potential publication on AXIS, on the consultation experience(s) and how you implemented your training

Business Writing

Certificate in Business Writing

  • Attend one training workshop or panel in this area
  • Complete 5 consultations for business-related writing projects or papers
  • Complete a consultation performance self-assessment and mentor debrief

Advanced Certificate in Business Writing

  • Attend a second training workshop or panel in this area
  • Complete an additional 3 consultations for business-related writing projects or papers (8 total)
  • Complete a second consultation performance self-assessment and mentor debrief
  • Produce a researched aid for consultants working in this area. This can take the form of a handout or similar guide and must cite at least one piece of pedagogical research
  • Write a reflective blog post, for potential publication on AXIS, on the consultation experience(s) and how you implemented your training

Digital Communication and Visualization

Certificate in Digital Communication and Visualization

  • Attend one training workshop or panel in this area
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Complete 5 full drafts of postable content, submitted to the Social Media chair, over at least three separate media platforms
    • Complete 5 hours of virtual consultations
  • Create a compelling visual argument with Tableau (e.g.: Dashboard or Story mode) and 1+ spreadsheets of UWC data, submitted to the Data Team chair

Advanced Certificate in Digital Communication and Visualization

  • Attend a second training workshop or panel in this area
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Complete an additional 5 full drafts of postable content, submitted to the Social Media chair, over at least three separate media platforms (10 total)
    • Create a second compelling visual argument with Tableau (e.g.: Dashboard or Story mode) and 1+ spreadsheets of UWC data, submitted to the Assessment chair; you may use these visual(s) as the basis for your blog post
    • Complete 5 additional hours of virtual consultations (10 total)
  • Assist the Social Media chair with soliciting new submissions or organizing a social media initiative OR work with the Data Team chair on a data visualization project or dashboard revision
  • Write a reflective blog post, for potential publication on AXIS, on how your experiences with the digital media(s) inform your work at the UWC

Scholarly Editing and Publishing

Certificate in Scholarly Writing and Publishing

  • Attend two workshops, one of which may be the semesterly Praxis workshop
  • Copyedit two essays for Praxis
  • Complete and pass a brief copyediting quiz

Advanced Certificate in Scholarly Writing and Editing

  • Complete all requirements for a basic certificate
  • Copyedit two additional essays for Praxis
  • Write a blog post, potentially to be published on AXIS, on Writing Center practice, theory, and/or pedagogy
  • Write a reflective blog post, potentially to be published on AXIS, about your experiences at the UWC