Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising

The Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising (ACAA) is designed for academic advisors who have completed the Certificate in Academic Advising and/or have been working as an academic advisor for two or more years. This program provides opportunities to explore and reflect on the theories, practices, and perspectives that inform one’s advising philosophy and work.  After taking the required workshops, each advisor will complete a capstone project, making a contribution to the UGA advising community.

Participants may register for ACAA courses through UGA's Professional Education Portal:


(ACAA) Requirements

Complete 6 Classes + Create A Capstone Project

Cross-College Advising*

Even as an experienced advisor, do you sometimes wish you could do more to help a student who says that he or she is interested in a major in a completely different college? This advanced level certificate class is designed to provide advisors with a greater level of knowledge about the most popular degree programs at UGA. You will leave this class with the ability to have meaningful conversations with your students about many of the other majors they may be interested in pursuing.

Next Level Communication For Advisors

Academic advisors are required to be intentional communicators, conveying complex information to both receptive and unreceptive audiences. From explaining policies and requirements to listening to student concerns to dealing with conflict and difficult conversations, clear communication is the key to successful interactions between advisors and students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors. This course will help experienced academic advisors enhance their communication skills by understanding timeless principles of effective communication while also discovering their individual communication styles, blind spots, and strengths.

Electives In Advising Theory And Practice*

Each advisor’s philosophy and practice is informed by experiences and knowledge about how students develop and learn. This course will allow advisors to explore one advising theory or approach through reading and discussion. Participants will have pre-reading assignments, and the class will be facilitated in a seminar format. Each offering of this class will focus on a different advising theory or selection of complimentary theories.

Leadership In Academic Advising

This course will allow advisors to assess their professional strengths and interests, explore professional opportunities for growth at UGA and beyond, and engage in collegial dialogue. These discussions and reflections will lead to the development of each advisor’s philosophy, portfolio, and capstone project.


ACAA Curriculum (PDF)

              Submit your ACAA
Capstone Proposal



Frequently Asked Questions

Are Advanced Certificate classes open to non-advisors?
This program is designed for academic advisors who have completed the Certificate in Academic Advising and/or have been working as an academic advisor for 2 or more years.

What are the requirements for the capstone project?
In addition to the requisite classes, completion of the Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising requires a capstone project, a presentation, resource or publication that makes an original contribution to the UGA advising community.
This project must synthesize the knowledge and skills learned via ACAA classes and be approved, in advance, by the Certificate in Academic Advising committee.

Capstone examples include:

  • presenting at the fall or spring Academic Advising Workshop
  • presenting at an Advisor Brown-Bag
  • paper submitted to a NACADA publication
  • paper submitted to a UGA Academic Advising publication
  • developing and implementing an advising certificate (CAA or ACAA) workshop
  • paper submitted to an academic journal, with a topic focus on academic advising

How do I submit my capstone proposal?
After you have completed the six ACAA classes, you may submit your capstone proposal here:

How do I know when I have completed the certificate?
To discover what classes you have completed and track your certificate progress, please refer to the Learning and Development PEP website.

You will then refer to the “My Transcript Section”. After this, in the left hand side there is a drop-down box, select “Completed”. Once you do this, it will bring up the last 5 years of courses.

With this new feature through Learning and Development, we will no longer be hand tracking course and certificate completion. Use this self-tracker to track your progress toward completing the requirements for the Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising (ACAA). You may also contact once you have completed your ACAA or if you have any questions.

How will I receive my certificate?
Participants who complete all of the certificate requirements will be recognized at the Academic Advisor Coordinating Council fall workshop. Look for an e-mail each fall, inviting ACAA participants to this event.

Please e-mail to propose a class, apply to be an instructor or with other questions about the program.