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This certification program is designed 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.


  • 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.


Admission Requirements

Persons intrested in applying for certification (Certified Community Indicators Researcher) must meet the following requirement:

  • At least a bachelor degree in a field related to community indicators research

Certification Program Fees

The fee for this Certification Program is US$700 (discounted to US$600 for ISQOLS members). This includes a PDF version of the course manual and, on completion, a course certificate.

Register for the Course

You may register for the course by printing out the application formbelow: 


and sending the completed form to

International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies
PO Box 118
Gilbert, AZ 85234

In addition to registering for the course, you must send us an official copy of
your academic transcript
. You will have to contact your university and make a request
to send your academic transcripts to the address above.

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





P.O. Box 118

Gilbert, AZ 85299

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