University Learning Center

Training Requirements

Background: The University Learning Center tutor training program is certified through the College Reading & Learning Association. The CRLA is a member of CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) and is an internationally recognized tutor program certification association. Tutor certification heightens the prestige of your tutoring experience. CRLA certification is also recognized by the Association for the Tutoring Profession. Tutors are encouraged to also seek individual certification through this organization.

Certification Levels: The ULC believes that certification is an integral part of a tutor's development. There are 3 levels of CRLA training: Regular, Advanced, Master. The ULC requires that tutors complete the following CRLA certification levels:

  • Regular: by the end of the first semester
  • Advanced: by the end of the third semester
  • Master: by the end of the fifth semester.

Certification Policies:  

  • With each level of certification a tutor achieves, a raise is earned.
  • Advanced and Master levels may be completed before the third and fifth semesters, respectively.
  • Regular certification - Any tutor hired within four weeks of the start of the semester must achieve Regular certification in that same semester. Any tutor hired after this four week period has the option of waiting until the middle of the following semester to certify but will be required to fulfill some requirements during the semester of their initial employment.

The following table outlines the training requirements for Regular Certification. Once tutors complete the "Orientation" and "Participant Observation" obligations, they are eligible to lead their own sessions. The rest of the requirements are ongoing.





Introduction to mission, policies, procedures, and requirements.

Dates/times TBA with the TS Coordinator.

Participant Observation

Observation of two tutoring sessions lead by experienced tutors, preferably in your subject.

The ULC staff will assist you in scheduling these observations.

Reflective Writing Assignment

An informal assignment about any aspect of your tutoring experience. A prompt will be provided.

Email attachment should be sent to the TS Coordinator by the assigned due date.

Workshops & Staff Meetings

Relevant workshops and meetings are scheduled throughout the semester. A schedule will be provided.

Topics include "The Psychology of Tutoring,"  "The Pedagogy of Tutoring," etc.

Coordinator Observation & Conference

The TS Coordinator observes one of the tutor's sessions and meets with the tutor afterwards for a conference.

TBA with the TS Coordinator.

Peer Tutor Analysis

Observe a fellow tutor during a session and write a brief critical analysis of the consultation. A prompt will be provided.

Hard copy or email attachment should be sent to the TS Coordinator by the assigned due date.

Research Project =

(Research Paper or Oral Research Presentation) and

Poster Presentation

Tutors will have the option of producing a research paper OR a an oral research presentation; all tutors will produce a research proposal and a final poster.

Details about this project will be presented later in the semester.