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Remote Online Initiative
Washington State University Extension

Remote Work Certificate

Remote work (also known as telework) is a work arrangement that does not require employees to work from a central location, instead allowing a worker to complete their assigned duties from home or other self-selected location. Remote work opportunities have increased by 173% since 2005, which means that there are employment opportunities regardless of where you live.

Washington State University Extension is partnering with Utah State University Extension to offer the Remote Worker Certificate to Washington residents to prepare them to take advantage of remote work opportunities.

The 9 modules of this 4-week course will help you build skills that make an effective remote worker, whether as an employee, entrepreneur, or freelancer.


Program Details

  • The course will take approximately 30 hours over four weeks
  • There will be one interactive workshop each week with other students and coaches
  • The course work is spread over 9 modules.
  • You will be assigned a coach to provide support during the course
  • The registration fee is $299. There are scholarships available for those living in the Avista service area who are unemployed.
  • Participants will receive a course certificate upon completion and join a growing alumni network, where you can share and receive information, job postings, and tips moving forward

Course Requirements

Participation in the course requires:

  •  A reliable broadband internet connection
  • Computer, web camera, and microphone. There are resources available to provide technology for those in an Avista service area.
  • Basic computer proficiency, including the ability to:
    • Send an email
    • Download or upload files from your desktop
    • Do basic tasks in a word processing and spreadsheet program (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.)

Course Schedule 2022

Start DateEnd DateApplication DeadlineWorkshop Days (Thursdays)Workshop Times (1 hour)
January 4January 28December 29, 2021 11:00 AM PSTJanuary 6, 13, 20 & 2712 PM or 5 PM PST
February 7March 4February 2, 2022 11:00 AM PSTFebruary 10, 17, 24 &
March 3
12 PM or 5 PM PST
March 7April 1March 2, 2022
March 10, 17, 24 & 3112 PM or 5 PM PST
April 4April 29March 30, 2022
April 7, 14, 21 & 2812 PM or 5 PM PST
May 2May 27April 27, 2022
May 5, 12, 19 & 2612 PM or 5 PM PST
June 6July 1June 1, 2022
June 9, 16, 23 & 3012 PM or 5 PM PST


Interested in taking the course?

Fill out the application below

Remote Work Course Application Form

This form collects basic information about applicants interested in the remote worker certification course. You will be contacted by email with payment and registration information if there are spots available in your selected course.
  • Please enter your county of residence. This will help us to determine whether you qualify for regional scholarships.
  • Please enter your level of current employment
    Organizations such as Worksource WA have provided support to participants taking this course in the past. Please check the box above if you would like us to send your email address to agencies that can help support you in this course, and in finding work after the course.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Picture of participant Justine Salazar

“This training really gave me that shine as a candidate. If you’re wanting to develop your skills, go in a different direction, or need a backup plan, this course could help you be the best that you can be.” Justine Salazar, course participant.