The SRAI Certificate Program offers comprehensive training specific to today’s educational needs of research administrators & managers. There are two certificates offered at the 2022 WE/MW Section Meeting, Introduction to Research Administration and Management (IRAM) and Research Development (RD).

Certificate Guidelines and Tracking Booklet


The curriculum for each certificate includes a required half-day or full-day workshop and a specific amount of required and elective concurrent sessions depending on the certificate. Workshops and session are held at Chapter, Section and Annual meetings throughout the year.

SRAI members** have up to three (3) years to complete certificate program requirements, allowing greater flexibility to manage time, travel and budget constraints. For any questions about SRAI Certificate program, please send an email to

*Workshops require a separate registration from the full conference.

**Only Full SRAI Members may receive credit for taking certificate program workshops and sessions. Chapter members, non-members and those with a lapsed membership will not receive educational credit for any Certificate Program session or workshop taken during the time Full SRAI Membership is not in effect.

Certificate Tracking Booklet

The Certificate tracking booklet allows members to easily record their progress. You can write in the name of the meeting and the year on the line that corresponds with the session or workshop. 

The Certificate Tracking Booklet and other information will be available online closer to the meeting.

Learning Tracks

Learning Tracks are designed to develop the content in a way that assures value added opportunities for attendees. A secondary aim is to assist attendees to effectively plan their educational time. The tracks represent major subject and issue areas for research administration.

Educational Formats

Taught by some of the most innovative, inspiring and creative leaders in the industry, you will keep your skill set competitive and fresh.

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Round Table: Informal 30-minute discussion on different topics. The Round Tables are meant to strike up a conversation with other attendees and exchange relevant information. It offers the perfect opportunity to attendees to build their network.

Workshop: 3 ½ or 7 hour deep dives into specific learning topics, led by one or more experts. These are designed to allow participants to more fully explore an area of interest and learn new skills or develop new strategies. Workshops may include more hands-on exercises, discussion groups, and other in-depth experiences. Workshops are offered for two days before the conference only.

Concurrent Session

Presentation: 60-minute sessions designed in a traditional format, aimed at a specific focus in which the audience listens to what the presenter has to say, even though the presenter should encourage audience participation and entertain questions. The majority of concurrent sessions at SRAI meetings have typically fit in this category and form the core of conference offerings. Presenters are encouraged to use active learning techniques to engage audiences, distribute materials, and respond to follow-up requests for more information.

Discussion: 60-minutes structured discussions on a key learning topic or challenge. Presenters facilitate and engage attendees in a structured exploratory discussion, encouraging participation from participants.

Panel: 60-minute sessions that discuss a topic with a selected group of panel members (typically no more than 3-4) with contrasting or complementary points of view. The panel is actively moderated by a chair, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.

Case Study: 60-minute, focused sessions that highlight organizational stories of success, lessons learned, failed initiatives, and best practices. Presenters will share their stories and engage participants in focused dialogues about the implications of these examples for other organizations. These are all up-to-date, honest, under-the-hood explorations of learning innovation and implementation from real experiences.

Step-by-Step/”How To”: Pragmatic, 60-minute sessions that provide practical advice and suggested action steps to successfully implement and/or utilize strategies, approaches to and technologies for learning or implementing new policies, regulations, or requirements.