Are you interested in a career that allows you to work from home? Equip yourself with the tools and skills needed to transition from on-site work into a virtual career or freelance work.
Intended audience: Adults interested in transitioning to remote employment
Format: Approximately 30 hours online, including nine self-paced modules and four interactive workshops
Certification: Remote Work Certificate
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has partnered with Utah State University Extension to offer the Remote Work Certificate Course. The online modules are hosted by Utah State University. Human sciences specialists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will serve as your course coordinator and contacts.
- Time commitment
A Remote Work Certificate requires approximately 30 hours to complete. Plan to dedicate 6-8 hours per week over the course of 4 weeks. Those seeking employment will continue to receive support and coaching after the 4-week course.
You will need the following tools and abilities to participate in the courses:
- Broadband internet access
- Web camera and microphone
- Basic computer proficiency
Your participation in the Remote Work Certificate Course is supervised by four course coordinators from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. They will help guide you through the online course, host workshops, and provide mentoring and resources to help you successfully prepare for remote work and freelancing.
Enrollment dates start each month except July and December.
|Start Date||End Date||Application Deadline
All times are CST
|Workshops Days||Workshops (1 hour)
All times are CST
|Apr 5||May 1||
Mar 31 @ 1 PM
|April 8, 15, 22, 29||2-3 PM or 7-8 PM|
|May 3||May 29||
Apr 28 @ 1 PM
|May 6, 13, 20, 27||2-3 PM or 7-8 PM|
|Jun 7||Jul 3||
Jun 2 @ 1 PM
|June 10, 17, 24; July 1||2-3 PM or 7-8 PM|
|Aug 2||Aug 28||
Jul 28 @ 1 PM
|Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26||2-3 PM or 7-8 PM|
|Sep 7||Oct 2||
Sep 1 @1 PM
|Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30||
2-3 PM or 7-8 PM
|Oct 4||Oct 30||
Sep 29 @ 1 PM
|Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28||
2-3 PM or 7-8 PM
|Nov 1||Dec 4||
Oct 27 @ 1 PM
|Nov. 4, 11, 18 & Dec. 2||
2-3 PM or 7-8 PM
- Course Schedule
The certification portion of the ROI course can be completed in one month. You will complete online modules and attend interactive workshops.
Workshop 1: Introduction to the Rural Online Initiative; Cohort introductions; Educational tool training (Slack, Canvas, Zoom)
Online Learning: Modules 1-3
Workshop 2: Review/Discuss/Apply content from modules 1-3
Online Learning: Modules 4-6
Workshop 3: Review/Discuss/Apply content from Modules 4-6
Online Learning: Modules 7-9
Workshop 4: Review/Discuss/Apply content from Modules 7-9 | Overview of remaining phases of the ROI course
- Certification Requirements
Although the Remote Work Professional certificate course is a non-credit course, periodic online assessments are used to confirm and measure learning. The online assessments can be repeated if you need to improve a score on a particular element. To successfully complete the course and earn the certificate, you will need to do the following:
- Complete all of the modules, including any assignments contained within each module.
- Pass each assessment with a minimum score of 80 percent.
- Attend four interactive workshops.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, you will be presented with a Certificate of Completion to add to your work portfolio. You will also be supported by the course coordinators as you start to develop the virtual career of your choice.
- Online Modules
The course consists of nine core modules that are self-paced and completed on your own. View the full course rubric for details.
Module 1: Work Day
Learn more about the components of an average day in the life of a remote worker, including mobile office, flexible schedule, and equipment.
Module 2: Communication
Discuss the unique strategies and requirements of virtual communication, including styles, tools, and empathy.
Module 3: Workflow
Understand the processes of task management, including projects, delegation, goals, and tracking.
Module 4: Productivity and Time Management
Evaluate the strategies for effective independent personal management, including productivity, motivation, and scheduling.
Module 5: Teams
Learn about how teamwork occurs in a virtual work environment, including trust, project collaboration, and "netiquette."
Module 6: Compliance
Discuss the legal precautions of working online, including information security, risk prevention, and office compliance.
Module 7: Critical Thinking
Understand how to problem solve autonomously, including finding resources for solutions, earning trust, and filtering information.
Module 8: Virtual Careers
Evaluate and prepare for virtual career options, including personal branding, virtual job search processes, and remote industry options.
Module 9: Remote Job Development
Design the remote career of your choice and prepare a proposal for your Course Coordinator.
- Interactive Workshops
The course includes four live, interactive workshops, hosted via video call using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Workshops provide an opportunity for participants to discuss career goals and review content from the modules in a virtual environment that mimics a real remote team.
Due to the virtual hosting of the workshops, you can attend the workshops from any location with Internet access. Each course typically hosts workshops on Thursdays, with two meeting time options for participants to choose from, 12-1 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. Central Time.
Participation in all four workshops is mandatory for this course.