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Professional Development

Eligibility and Fees


Entry to the Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development is open to faculty and academic-related staff who are:

  1. currently teaching in higher education (i.e. within a university or at NFQ level 7 or above);
  2. in an active teaching role including design, delivery and assessment of module;
  3. undertaking a significant teaching commitment, defined as a minimum of 2 hours teaching per week per trimester or 48 hours over the course of the academic year.

Professional staff who teach as part of their brief and meet criteria 1, 2 and 3 above may apply for the programme and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please note that the Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development are not suitable for tutors or postdoctoral and research fellows. UCD Teaching and Learning offers the module University Teaching and Learning for Tutors, Demonstrators and TAs (UTL40230) and the University Teaching & Learning Seminar Series for Postdoctoral Research Fellows. In the exceptional circumstances where a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (level 2) is approved as module coordinator by Academic Council (or its relevant subcommittee) and has completed the Seminar Series for Post Doctoral Researcher Fellows they are eligible to apply to the programmes. It will be a requirement on the part of the applicant to present evidence to support these criteria.

The final decision on eligibility of all candidates will be made by the Board of Studies on the recommendation of the Programme Director.


Academic year 2024/25 the fee is €110 per credit.

The Certificate of CPD is a 7.5 credit programme and the Professional Certificate is a 15 credit programme.

For UCD faculty and staff enrolling to UTL programmes, the programme fee is waived.