Certificate Requirements

A certificate is awarded for completing 20 points from short and/or distance learning courses plus participation in a National Peace Academy-led weeklong intensive such as the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive.

* As the NCP is new and still growing, program requirements may change and adjust overtime. 

Detailed Requirements

1) A total of 20 course points must be earned fulfilling the following criteria:

A) A minimum of 2pts must be earned by completing courses that focus on each of the five spheres of the National Certificate Program (10 points total):

  • Personal sphere courses (2pts)
  • Social sphere courses (2pts)
  • Political sphere courses (2pts)
  • Institutional sphere courses (2pts)
  • Ecological sphere courses (2pts)

The minimum 2pts in each sphere is required to assure a holistic introduction to concepts, theories and practices of peace and peacebuilding.

In the instance that an individual course has more than one focal sphere, a student may choose the sphere that they wish the course to apply to.

B) The remaining 10 points are electives and can be earned by taking any combination of courses.  Participants are encouraged to develop a course of study that is relevant to their own needs and learning goals.

C) Of the 20 points, a maximum of 10 may be taken from amongst distance learning options.

2) Completion of a National Peace Academy-led weeklong intensive program

Participation in a weeklong intensive is a capstone experience of the National Certificate Program.  Weeklong intensives conducted by the National Peace Academy are designed to prepare participants for applying learning and preparing for real world action by developing projects that pursue the learning goals and community needs of each participant.

The National Peace Academy currently offers the weeklong Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI).  The PPI coaches participants in the design and development of a strategic peacebuilding plan that they take back to and implement in their community or initiate in an organization they already work with.

Future weeklong intensives being explored include an intensive for educators to support the design and development of peace education programs in schools; and an intensive for business and government leaders seeking to design peace and sustainability initiatives in their organizations.

3) There is no timeframe to complete the Certificate.

4) Individual courses may be taken without pursuing the Certificate.

Certificate Point System

Courses are assigned a certain number of points depending upon the total amount of instruction time, which includes in-class/in-person time, and time spent on outside assignments.

Every 6 hours of instruction time earns 1 certificate point.

CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.  Many professions require CEUs for professional advancement.  Please consult your professional board, organization or employer to verify that these courses meet their standards and your professional needs.

Typical Course Formats and Point Values

1-Weekend Intensive (2pts / 1.4 CEUs) The most typical course offering is a 1-weekend intensive. These courses typically run Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm with lunch and stretch breaks.

2-Weekend Intensive (4pts / 2.8 CEUs) Two-weekend intensives are scheduled on back-to-back weekends.  These courses also run Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm with lunch and stretch breaks.

1-Day Intensive (1pt / .7 CEUs) A one-day intensive runs from 9am – 5pm with lunch and stretch breaks.

Distance Learning Formats

Distance learning courses vary, featuring online instruction, teleconferencing and Skype dialogues requiring significant individual preparation.  These courses may run for longer periods of time and require substantially more independent prep-work and “out of class” assignments.  A typical distance course will earn 2 points.