Qualify to Become a Certified Professional Guardian
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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.
People who want to become a Certified Professional Guardian or work on issues related to guardianship.
Applicants must meet one of the following sets of requirements:
Relevant supervised volunteer work can meet the experience requirement, but providing services for a family member does not. Exceptions can occasionally be made to the experience requirement. Please contact us to discuss your experience.
If applications exceed capacity, applicants who have applied to become a CPG and have a provisional CPG license number or who are an Office of Public Guardianship consultant will be given priority.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
Students must have a computer with broadband Internet access, Adobe Flash and audio capability. Students will also need to be able to edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents and have Adobe Reader or the equivalent to read and manipulate PDF documents. Students will also need to send an occasional fax.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
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.
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.
Guardianship Law, Concepts & Practice
Roles & Duties of Guardians
Complex Issues in Guardianship
Certificate in Guardianship
Approved by the UW School of Social Work and the UW School of Nursing.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Gary Beagle, CPG, Beagle, Burke & Associates and CPG Board
Stacey Bollinger, CPG, Halo Guardianship Services, Inc.
Shirley Bondon, Office of Guardianship and Elder Services, Washington Administrative Office of the Courts
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, UW School of Nursing CPG Board
Andrew Hoover, Senior Director, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Nancy Hooyman, Dean Emeritus, UW School of Social Work
Mimi Hudson, CPG, Sound Senior Assistance, Inc.
Deborah Jameson, Attorney, Neil & Neil, P.S.
Lexie Lamborn, MPH, National Master Guardian Emeritus, Crossroads Guardianship
Mike Longyear, Attorney, Reed, Longyear, Malnati, & Ahrens, WSBA
David Lord, Director of Public Policy, Disability Rights Washington
Amy Miller, CPG, Care Planning Associates
Malia Morrison, Program Manager, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Winsor Schmidt, J.D., LL.M., Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Carol Sloan, Adult Protective Services Program Manager, Department of Social and Health Services, CPG Board
Margaret Spearmon, Associate Dean, UW School of Social Work
Suzanne Thompson Wininger, Attorney/RN
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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. Online coursework can be completed wherever you are, on your own schedule. 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.
Not available for this program
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.
CPG Executive Director, Capitol Guardianship Services, Olympia, Wa.
Gain the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to manage the health care needs of older adults and individuals with acute or chronic diseases or disabilities.
Examine aging from multiple perspectives: the individual, family and society. Develop knowledge that will help you better serve older adults in a variety of contexts.
Gain an understanding of the U.S. legal system and explore the major aspects of court systems, hearings, trials, laws and legal theory.