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. Scholarships available upon request for unemployed participants living anywhere in Washington and scholarships available for underemployed and unemployed participants living in Avista service areas.
  • 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 2024

Start DateEnd DateApplication DeadlineWorkshop Days (Thursdays)Workshop Times (1 hour)
January 8February 7January 3, 2024 11 AM PTJanuary 11, 18, 25 & February 1Noon or 5 PM PT
February 5March 6January 31, 2024 11 AM PTFebruary 8, 15, 22 & 29Noon or 5 PM PT
March 4April 3February 28, 2024 11 AM PTMarch 7, 14, 21 & 28Noon or 5 PM PT
April 1May 1March 27, 2024 11 AM PTApril 4, 11, 18 & 25Noon or 5 PM PT
May 6June 5April 24, 2024 11 AM PTMay 9, 16, 23 & 30Noon or 5 PM PT
June 3July 3May 29, 2024 11 AM PTJune 6, 13, 20 & 27Noon or 5 PM PT
August 5September 4July 31, 2024 11 AM PTAugust 8, 15, 22 & 29Noon or 5 PM PT
September 2October 2August 28, 2024 11 AM PTSeptember 5, 12, 19 & 26Noon or 5 PM PT
October 7November 6October 2, 2024 11 AM PTOctober 10, 17, 24 & 31Noon or 5 PM PT
November 4December 4October 30, 2024 11 AM PTNovember 7, 14, 21 & December 5Noon or 5 PM PT

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
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


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We could not provide this opportunity without the contributions of our partners.

Avista Foundation
Association of Washington Businesses Institute
Spokane Teachers Credit Union
Division of Government Studies and Services

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“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.