» Certification - International Society for Quality of Life Studies - ISQOLS


This certification program is desgiend to help QOL researchers specializing in community indicators projects obtain additional training and become officially certified in the field. 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. You can find more details about the course on the course description page along with information about the five modules and a full table of contents of the course manual. The course manual (pdf) will be emailed to you once your application has been reviewed and you are subsequently accepted into the program. Printed copies are available for an extra charge.

This course is taught by Prof. 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. When the student has sufficiently prepared, the instructor will email them an exam which must be completed within twenty four hours of its receipt. Students are not required to pass the exam in one try, and are free to request more chances until they master the course material and pass.

Specific guidance about how to study for the exam is available online. Students also are free to contact the instructor with questions related to course materials and the exam.

There is one admission requirements for the certification program: a bachelor’s degree in a field related to QOL. On completion of the course, the student is given a certificate. An example of the course certificate is available here. 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.

To register for this certification course visit the registration page.