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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). 

Details:

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.  

Instructor

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. 

Requirements

There is one admission requirement for the certification program: a bachelor's degree in a field related to Quality-of-Life. 

Fee:

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.

Application Process: 

If you are interested in applying for this certification program, please email office@isqols.org to request the application materials. 







WHO SHOULD APPLY? 

  • Community planners 
  • Researchers working in nonprofit organizations  
  • Consultants who want to specialize in community QOL indicators research 
  • Researchers in local government agencies who want to receive additional training in developing indicator systems related to a particular domain such as public health, the environment, etc. 
  • Academic researchers who are interested in developing research and/or teaching expertise in this area




To learn more about the certification program, watch this video overview presented by the course instructor, Dr. Joseph Sirgy.


Student Testimonials:

Patsy Kraeger 


What made you decide to pursue the Community Indicators Researcher Certificate?

I started to attend the ISQOLS conferences in 2014.   I saw Dr. Sirgy’s presentation about the benefits of the certificate in Seoul, Korea. My research interests focus often on the intersection of public policy and community.  I really felt that I was missing some of the theoretical structures and how to operationalize my work in this area.

How would you describe the course experience?

The course experience is one that allows for a person to study at their own pace and then prepare the examination.  In my case, I would say that Dr. Sirgy was very patient with me because of several unexpected delays on my end.  Dr. Sirgy is available for questions. He also checks in to inquire about the process. I really appreciate not only his expertise but him!

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 is very important  to plan to study the manual for each section as you would for a class: 10/15 hours week on a section after and then that same or more  for the examination case study per case study. So my tip here, do not over-promise completion timelines that you cannot make.  Do not start until you are ready or have appropriately carved out enough time to complete. The course is not onerous. Rather, it is a matter of being truly committed in real time to complete.

How did this certificate program impact and/or increase your knowledge of your field of study?

Currently, I am working on a book chapter for the forthcoming Phillips and Trevan Research Handbook for Community Development (Elgar Publishing) writing a case study for a city in the southeastern part of the United States that has a community indicators project.  The course allowed me to ask certain questions to professionals and the academic research partner that I might have missed.  The certificate has allowed me now to write a case study on this southern city’s program looking critically from both a theoretical and indicators perspective but the value of both subjective and objective validation of what the needs of the community actually are. In my case that I am working on for that handbook, I have found that there was no community validation outside of elites (community leaders, government leaders and the like) to see if the selected indicators actually capture what should be measured.

How do you feel this certification will enhance your career and/or personal expertise and knowledge?

It will make me a stronger researcher. It will allow me to develop a research portfolio in this area. 

Would you recommend this certificate to others? If yes, why?

Yes. For all of the reasons stated above. This certificate I believe is especially good for people with five or less years in the field.   Finally, thank you, Dr. Sirgy for the program and helping me stretch myself to be intentional about my learning in this field.

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


The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)

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