The Certificate Program
While anyone may attend Academy courses, participants who are formally enrolled in the Academy have the opportunity to work towards a capstone Certificate that recognizes their achievement.
The Certificate Courses will provide:
One-of-a-kind instruction tailored for Senior Nutrition Program professionals;
Hands-on practical knowledge, skills and expertise;
Opportunities for networking and building supportive peer-to-peer relationships;
Formal recognition of your commitment to education as you advance in your career.
Earning a Certificate will:
Give you the leadership skills and specialized knowledge you need to build your program and face the increased demands of the growing elderly population;
Give your program a competitive advantage by equipping you with tools to raise more money, operate more efficiently and anticipate changes in the senior nutrition sector.
Leadership skills are critical in all fields and professional tracks. The Academy’s Certificate program curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the diverse body of professionals who work for Senior Nutrition Programs. We offer courses and programs that strengthen experienced leaders and support the growth of a new generation of knowledgeable, skilled and well-rounded Meals On Wheels professionals.
Certificate program enrollees can custom-tailor much of their course selection to meet their specific continuing education and professional development needs, while gaining a broader knowledge of the senior nutrition field.
When you enroll in the Certificate Program, we will begin tracking the credits you earn through Meals On Wheels Leadership Academy Programs. Anyone is eligible to enroll in the Academy Certificate program by completing an Application for Admission to the Certificate Program Form and paying a non-refundable application fee of $25.
Levels of Achievement
Through the Certificate Program, the Academy recognizes two branches of professional development:
Certificate in Leadership – The completion of this 14-credit program demonstrates a general knowledge of the issues most critical to Senior Nutrition Program operations, and your dedication and commitment to further developing yourself as a leader.
Those enrolled in the Leadership Certificate program may designate a “concentration” and focus their studies on a specific track (such as nutrition or development/fundraising). Additionally, in meeting the Certificate program’s Key Competency requirements, participants will develop key leadership skills that will help them be effective communicators, strategists and relationship builders in any professional capacity.
Specialist Certificate – The Specialist Certificate recognizes the completion of an intensive training program, focused on building specific knowledge in a single topic area or “track.” Specialist Certificates are awarded upon the completion of a Live Training Institute and in recognition of the continuing education achievements of Leadership Certificate program graduates.
Requirements for the Certificate in Leadership
A true leader in the senior nutrition field, regardless of his or her professional title, needs a broad understanding of how to build effective relationships and manage efficient program operations.
To earn a Leadership Certificate:
Requirements for the Specialist Certificate
This Certificate recognizes the completion of coursework focused on a single, specific topic. There are two ways to earn a Specialist Certificate: