Certificate in Guardianship

Qualify to Become a Certified Professional Guardian


Program Details

  • Location: Online, Bellevue
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Weekends, Days, Self-Paced
  • Cost: $2,997

Next start date

September 29, 2017

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About this Program

Guardianship is about helping people — those who for whatever reason can no longer determine or communicate safe or sound choices for themselves. In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective guardian of developmentally disabled adults, elderly individuals with disabilities or diminished capacity, and other adults declared incapacitated by the courts. The program fulfills the educational requirements to become a Certified Professional Guardian (CPG) in Washington state.

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People who want to become a Certified Professional Guardian or work on issues related to guardianship.

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  • Fundamental tasks and responsibilities of the professional guardian
  • Laws governing the profession
  • Ethical issues connected with guardianship
  • The rights of incapacitated adults
  • Strategies for communicating effectively with clients and stakeholders


  • Participate in an online simulation of being a guardian for a fictional client
  • Prepare an annual report for a fictional client and present it at a mock court session
  • Role-play the types of difficult conversations CPGs can encounter with family members of your clients


By completing this program you’ll meet the education requirements of the Washington State Supreme Court Certified Professional Guardian Board for becoming a CPG.

Note: Program completion doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become a CPG. For more details about this process, see the Washington Courts website that explains the steps for becoming a CPG. If you want to get provisionally certified by the court before starting our program, you must submit your application to the court by May 15 and your supplemental materials by June 1. Also, you must be fully certified as a CPG by the court within two years of completing our program; after this period, your UW credential is invalid.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Courses in this program include both in-person classroom meetings and online instruction. There are specific attendance requirements for in-person class sessions – contact us for further information. Online lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a web-based learning management system that also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. The online coursework offers flexibility and can be completed from any location. You simply need to submit the weekly assignments by their due dates.


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

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