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Certified Remote Work Leader


Earn this certificate in 12-20 hours (3-5 hours per week over 4 weeks)!


The Remote Work Leader course is a blended course, combining online work with one interactive virtual workshop per week. It is designed to engage you, as an organizational leader or manager, in appropriate techniques, tools, and resources for the development and leadership of a remote work program. You'll also learn various approaches to managing remote employees and designing remote jobs. 



Become a Leader of Innovation and Change
Communicate Vision
Create a Healthy Remote Work Environment
Manage Employee Performance Over Presence

Course Dates 2023 & 2024

Course Start
Course End
Workshop Dates
Workshop Times
(1 hour)
February 5 March 6 1 month Jan. 31
12 p.m. MT
February 8, 15, 22, & 29 12 p.m. MT
March 4 April 3 1 month Feb. 28
12 p.m. MT
March 7, 14, 21, & 28 12 p.m. MT
May 6 June 5 1 month May. 1
12 p.m. MT
May 9, 16, 23, & 30 12 p.m. MT
July 1 July 31 1 month June. 26
12 p.m. MT
July 4, 11, 18, & 25 12 p.m. MT
September 2 October 2 1 month Aug. 28
12 p.m. MT
September 5, 12, 19, & 26 12 p.m. MT
October 7 November 6 1 month Oct. 2
12 p.m. MT
October 10, 17, 24, & 31 12 p.m. MT

Course Fees

Course Fee Note
$149/Participant Participants residing in the State of Utah may qualify for up to a 50% reimbursement for the cost of this course through the Custom Fit training program. This applies only to participants working in a for-profit company. Companies will need to submit a single application for funding through one of the following approved institutions in their geographic location:
  • Bridgerland Technical College
  • Davis Technical College
  • Dixie Technical College
  • Mountainland Technical College
  • Ogden-Weber Technical College
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Snow College
  • Southwest Technical College
  • Tooele Technical College
  • Uintah Basin Technical College
  • USU Eastern
Each cohort of the course has limited capacity in order to ensure a high-quality learning experience for each student.

Course Schedule

The Remote Work Leader course consists of seven core modules delivered in a self-paced, online format, integrated with four interactive virtual workshops hosted via video conference. Participation in the workshops and learning modules alternate and are based on the following schedule:

Week Description
Week 1

Attend Interactive Workshop #1

  • Introduction to the ROI program and Remote Work Leader certificate course
  • Cohort introductions
  • Overview and training of Canvas, Slack, and Zoom 

 Complete Module 1: Vision

Week 2

Complete Module 2: Culture

Attend Interactive Workshop #2

  • Review content from modules 1 - 2
  • Discuss and apply content from modules 1 - 2
Complete Module 3: Communication
Week 3

Complete Module 4: Performance Management

Complete Module 5: Conflict Management

Attend Interactive Workshop #3

  • Review content from modules 3 - 5
  • Discuss and apply content from modules 3 - 5
Week 4

Complete Module 6: Change Management
Complete Module 7: Learning & Development

Attend Interactive Workshop #4

  • Review content from modules 6-7
  • Discuss and apply content from modules 6-7

A complete course rubric and full list of competencies are available for download.


$149 per person

Plan on spending approximately 12-20 hours to complete the course (3-5 hours per week over 4 weeks).

Access the course syllabus by clicking here!

The program consists of seven core modules with the following objectives:

  • Module 1: Vision
  • Module 2: Culture
  • Module 3: Communication
  • Module 4: Performance Management
  • Module 5: Conflict Management
  • Module 6: Change Management
  • Module 7: Learning & Development

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Critically assess their organization’s current vision for the future
  2. Create a plan to include culture-building in routine operations
  3. Develop an effective communication agreement between remote employees and management
  4. Design a performance management plan to address common challenges with managing remote employees
  5. Create a conflict resolution chart
  6. Develop a change management process to address barriers to organizational change
  7. Design a strategy for addressing common barriers to remote employees’ learning and development

This course includes four live interactive workshops hosted over a video call using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Workshops will be held on Thursdays (please see course dates and schedule), and participation in all four workshops is mandatory for this course. If you are not able to participate fully in the workshops, please enroll in a different section of the course that is compatible with your schedule.

To successfully complete the course and earn the Certified Remote Work Leader online certificate, you will need to do all of the following:

  1. Complete all 7 course modules, including any assignments and quizzes contained within each module.
  2. Pass each assessment with a minimum score of 80%.
  3. Attend all four interactive workshops.

Upon successful completion of these course requirements, you will be presented with a Certificate of Completion to add to your professional credentials. You will also be supported by the Rural Online Initiative program as you move forward with creating a remote work environment within your organization.

You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer with a working web camera, speakers and microphone (a headset with microphone is also acceptable). Tablets and smartphones are not sufficient to be successful in this course. Chromebooks are not supported.

You must also have broadband internet (DSL, Cable, Fiber, etc.) with minimum speed of 8Mbps download and 2Mbps upload to participate in the video workshops. You can check your Internet speed using

All module quizzes and assignments are due on Wednesday evenings at 11:59 PM MT. The specific due dates for the other work assigned in each module are listed in the Course Summary at the end of the Syllabus in Canvas.

Upon completing the Certified Remote Work Leader online certificate course, you will be eligible for 3 continuing education credits (CEUs) from Utah State University. CEUs are awarded to signify completion of non-credit programs intended to improve the knowledge and skills of working adults. CEUs appear on the Continuing Education level of a USU transcript and will show the course number and prefix, the course name, and the number of contact hours (1 CEU = 10 contact hours). This course would be listed as CEAS 5700 on a transcript. The cost would be $90 to receive the credits. If you are interested in receiving the CEU credit, please contact, and he will send you a direct link to register for the credit.

Upon completing the Certified Remote Work Leader online certificate course, you will be eligible for 12 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) from SHRM. If you are interested in receiving the PDC credit, please contact, and she will send you the PDC activity code for your course. For information on where and how to input your PDC activity code visit the National SHRM website.

Upon completing the Certified Remote Work Leader online certificate course, you will be eligible for 16 recertification credits from HRCI. If you are interested in receiving the recertification credits, please contact, and she will send you the recertification credits activity code for your course.