Certificate in Guardianship

Qualify to Become a Certified Professional Guardian and Conservator


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends, Flexible
  • Cost: $3,720

Next start date:

September 25, 2024

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About this Program

Guardians and conservators are entrusted with the responsibility of making decisions and coordinating services for people with cognitive disabilities — those who, for whatever reason, are unable to make decisions about their health, safety and finances by themselves.

In this certificate program, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective guardian and financial conservator for adults with cognitive impairments who need help making decisions, as determined by the courts. The program fulfills the educational requirements to become a certified professional guardian and conservator (CPGC) in Washington state.

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People who want to become a certified professional guardian and conservator or do other work related to guardianship.

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What You'll Learn

  • Fundamental tasks and responsibilities of guardians and conservators
  • The laws and standards governing the profession
  • The rights of vulnerable adults and the ethical issues connected with guardianship and conservatorship
  • How to communicate effectively with clients and stakeholders and work with government agencies
  • Business practice standards and tools for running an effective guardianship practice


  • Participate as a CPGC in an online simulation for hypothetical clients
  • Prepare court reports for case-study clients
  • Role-play difficult conversations that CPGCs may encounter in their practice


By completing this program you’ll meet the mandatory training requirements of the Washington State Supreme Court Certified Professional Guardianship and Conservatorship Board for becoming a CPGC.

Note: Completing this program doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become a CPGC. For details about this process, read about the steps for becoming a CPGC on the Washington Courts website. We recommend that you apply to the CPGC board for conditional certification before starting our program; note that the board is typically on break from July 1 to September 1. You must be fully certified as a CPGC within two years of completing the certificate program; after that, you'll need to repeat your UW credential.

If your intention is to practice in a state other than Washington, this program complies with the Uniform Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Proceedings Act, which states have adopted.


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

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.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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