Those interested in applying to the certificate program may fill out the application form. A $25 application fee should accompany the application. Participants who are accepted to the program should complete the required courses within a three-year period. A $25 maintenance fee is required each year the participant is enrolled in the program.
The collections care certificate program was introduced in 2005. Since that time over 50 certificates have been awarded.
The Collections Care Certificate Program will include two types of certificates, the Core Certificate and Specialty Track Certificates.
- The Museum Environment
- Introduction to Organic and Inorganic Materials
- Principles of Collections Management
- Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Two electives from the following (three- day courses)
- Collections Policies for Small Museums
- Collection Storage: Planning and Design
- Packing and Shipping Workshop
- Digitizing Museum Collections
- Integrated Pest Management
- Photographing Museum Collections
- Making Storage Boxes, Mounts, and Enclosures
the following Two 2-day courses qualify as one course credit:
- Grant Writing for Collections Care: NEH and IMLS Grants
- Grant Writing for Collections Care: Private Foundation Grants
Specialty Track Certificate
The Specialty Track Certificate consists of six courses in a specific field or material type, such as exhibit design or care of paper and books. The courses can be chosen from a pre-designed track or can be custom tailored for your professional development needs.
Some predesigned specialty tracks are listed below.
Please note that custom Specialty Track Certificates may be individually designed
CARE OF BOOKS AND PAPER (choose 6)
EXHIBITS (choose 6)
CARE OF 2-DIMENSIONAL WORKS OF ART (choose 6)
CARE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIONS
CARE OF TEXTILE COLLECTIONS
GENERAL COLLECTIONS CARE (choose 6)
This certificate is designed to meet the needs of small museums and historical societies that own collections made up of diverse artifacts materials.
The certificate consists of 4 core courses and 3 elective courses that would be chosen from a related field.
- Overview of American Architectural Styles
- Writing Historic Structures Report
- Preservation Maintenance
- Three electives can be chosen from one specialty category.
- Masonry and Stone
- Historic Masonry Restoration
- Understanding Historic Masonry Mortars
- Preservation of Gravestones and Cemetery Monuments