Post doctoral certificate

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by RFValve, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    If one has a doctorate and decides to take a graduate certificate, can you list it in your resume as post doctoral certificate or just certificate? I have seen many that list them as post doctoral certificates but just wondering.
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I've heard of graduate certificates, and postdoctoral fellowships, but not postdoctoral certificates. Personally, I think if one gets a graduate certificate one should refer to it as such whether one has a PhD already or not.

  3. fortiterinre

    fortiterinre New Member

    Actually I do not know of any post-graduate certs that are for doctorates and not master's degrees. A post-grad cert is usually seen as the equivalent of a master's degree for someone who already has a master's in a different subject. Listing it as a "post-doctoral" certificate would be wrong unless it required a doctoral degree to enter the cert program. The exceptions that come to mind are physicians retraining as surgeons or oncologists, academic psychologists retraining for clinical work, etc.
  4. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

  5. Brad Sweet

    Brad Sweet New Member

    It depends on the programme but many universities don't even give a certificate. It can simply be noted that Post doctoral research has been completed and often a letter can be included with applications to demonstrate that the candidate participated in active research at the university.

  6. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    I think we are talking about two things here. A post-doc is a paid research position. There is no "certificate." What RFValve was asking was if you already have a doctorate and then take more graduate courses, can you list that as a "post-doc certificate" on a resume. I would answer with a strong "NO" unless a PhD is required to enter the certificate program. Outside of medical or psychology fields, I haven't heard of any graduate certificate program with that requirement.
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  7. Brad Sweet

    Brad Sweet New Member

    I've seen quite a number of people list their post doc and university simply in demonstration of their ongoing and furthered research at a specific institution; along with listing their PhD and institution where that degree came from as well. Perhaps I am completely in the dark as you say.
  8. PilgrimPastor

    PilgrimPastor New Member

  9. What I have seen up here in Canada with some psychologists I have trained with. This one guy who teaches clinical supervision has a category in his CV as Significant Post Doctoral training, another one named Significant Pre-Doctoral Training. In that approach, one embarks on specialty interests after getting ones doctorate and may develop a specialty. Another psychologist told me he did "post-doctoral work in adminstration and law". He is director of a well known counseling association up here. This model is not the same thing as "doing a Post-doc" to prepare yourself for a tenure track; it is more practitioner oriented.
  10. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    I guess a person could do a CAGS as a post-doc.
  11. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

    A learner at NCU wanted a dual PhD and were told that the school does not have it and that he should do a CAGS instead.

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