ISQOLS CERTIFICATION IN QUALITY-OF-LIFE RESEARCH:
Related to Community Indicators Projects
The ISQOLS Certification in Quality-of-Life Research program is designed to help QOL researchers specializing in community indicators projects obtain additional training and become officially certified in the field. This certificate program is facilitated by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and the Management Institute for Quality of Life Studies (miqols.org).
This course focuses on the process of planning, developing, and implementing community QOL indicators in the context of a town, county, city, rural area, or a metropolitan region.
The course involves learning five chapters of the course manual. Each of the five chapters (modules) are broken down into learning objectives, core concepts, summary, progress check, and answers to progress check.
The program is self-paced and facilitated mostly one-on-one through personal communication with the instructor. Course participants are assigned an online training manual. After reading the manual and interacting with the instructor, the participant is assigned several case studies to analyze. The instructor then certifies the participant upon successful completion of these case analyses.
This course is taught by Dr. M. Joseph Sirgy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia, USA). He is widely recognized for his research in community quality of life.
There is one admission requirement for the certification program: a bachelor's degree in a field related to Quality-of-Life.
The fee for the certification program is US$700 (discounted to US$600 for ISQOLS members). This includes a PDF version of the course manual and, on successful completion of the certification exam, a course certificate.
If you are interested in applying for this certification program, please email email@example.com to request the application materials.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
To learn more about the certification program, watch this video overview presented by the course instructor, Dr. Joseph Sirgy.
What made you decide to pursue the Community Indicators Researcher Certificate?
I decided to pursue the community indicators researcher certificate to enhance my professional knowledge on community indicators and become certified as community indicator researcher.
How would you describe the course experience?
The course experience was really challenging and interesting to me as this is really a new school of thoughts in Cameroon. I had to do lengthy case studies which was quite interesting, identifying the theoretical foundations/theoretical concepts was quite challenging but I had to go over the case study several times to be able to see which theoretical concept best fit the particular case in question.
How long did it take you to complete this certificate program? How many hours per week (on average) did you dedicate to the program? Were you able to balance your normal work/life activities alongside this certificate program?
It took me 4 weeks to complete the program. I dedicated 8 hours per week in the program. Yes I was able to balance my normal work/life activities alongside this certificate program.
How did this certificate program impact and/or increase your knowledge of your field of study?
This program gave me a practical in depth model on how to choose theoretical concepts, how to plan for a quality of life research, the stages involve in planning and validation of data collected.
How do you feel this certification will enhance your career and/or personal expertise and knowledge?
Answer: This certification will enable me produce tools for research with confidence and also will enhance my research reporting skills.
Would you recommend this certificate to others? If yes, why?
Yes, I will recommend this certification to others because it will enhance understanding on quality of life community indicators to assess the effectiveness of community planning efforts and programs.
Helvecia N. Takwe (B.ED, CPA, MBA) is Project Coordinator at UCP-SARnet in Cameroon; Coordinator-at WVED Cameroon; and Entrepreneurship/Business Venture Trainer of Trainers/Facilitator West, Central and East Africa.
Helvecia N. Takwe