Most of our online courses and in-person courses offer students a Certificate of Completion upon the completion of a project portfolio, the specifics of which vary by course and may include any combination of the following:
- Creative projects
- Reflection exercises
- Reading assignments
- Travel-based or field exercises
- Community engagement projects
- Research or interview assignments
- Constructing simple or complicated tools
- Applied demonstration of comprehension
- Acquiring books, tools, or other educational materials
- Designing personalized processes or systems to achieve tasks related to course content
Each online course offering a Certificate of Completion will also require students to pass a mid-term and final exam with a grade of 80% for each. These exams are open book, though the answers to question will need to be formatted as short (approximately 1–2 paragraph) essays. Students can retake an exam up to two more times if they do not pass the exam on the first attempt.
Requirement for obtaining Certificates of Completion for in-person courses will vary by course, and will be detailed prior to the start of a given course.
Submission of Student Portfolio and Exam Completion
At the beginning of each online course, a detailed syllabus is provided that details the requirements for obtaining a Certificate of Completion for that course if it is offered. Full instructions for each portfolio assignment are provided as a given course progresses. At the end of each course, detailed instructions for formatting and submitting the course's portfolio is provided.
For our online courses that offer a Certificate of Completion, students have one year to complete the requirements for the Certificate of Completion after they gain access to the final segment of the course. This means that if a course is released one week at a time for seven weeks, students will have 59 weeks from their first day of enrollment to complete their portfolio (i.e. 7 weeks for the course’s content to be released, plus 52 weeks for portfolio preparations).
Requirements for a Course that offer a Certificate of Completion may require students to pass one or more exams with an 80% grade or higher. Upon completing an exam, up to 60 days may pass before the exam results are provided. If a score of 80% is not obtained, students can retake the exam, with the score of this second attempt taking up to 60 days to be provided. If a score of 80% is not obtained on this second attempt, students will have a final chance to retake the exam, with the score of this third and final attempt taking up to 60 days to be provided.
If an exam is scored below 80% after a student’s course enrollment ends, the student can retake the exam following the above timeline, but they will not have access to the course’s content for their review.
WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO TAKE ALL REQUIRED EXAMS AT LEAST 60 DAYS BEFORE THE END OF THEIR ENROLLMENT.
Upon submitting a course portfolio for review, up to 90 days may pass before MYCOLOGOS staff reviews the portfolio. If the portfolio is found to not match the requirements for obtaining the course’s Certificate of Completion, students may have the opportunity to make corrections to their portfolio, so long as the needed changes are minor. Whether a student can correct their portfolio will be at the discretion of MYCOLOGOS staff. If corrections are requested, the student will have up to 30 days to submit their corrections, which may take up to 60 days for final review.
If a portfolio does not meet the requirements for a course’s Certificate of Completion and the student still wishes to obtain the Certificate of Completion, they will need to enroll in the course a second time. Portfolios submitted after a student’s enrollment ends will not be reviewed.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS SEEKING CERTIFICATION FOR A COURSE TO CONTACT US IN ADVANCE OF SUBMITTING THEIR PORTFOLIO WITH ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR WORK OR IN REGARDS TO THE COURSE’S CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS.
If a student has submitted their portfolio but has not received an 80% score or higher on all required exams, MYCOLOGOS staff will wait until the exams are completed before reviewing the student’s portfolio. If the student does not pass one or more exams with an 80% score or higher by their third chance, their portfolio will not be reviewed and no Certificate of Completion will be awarded.
If a portfolio is completed and the course's exams are passed within the stated deadlines, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from MYCOLOGOS recognizing their diligent work and comprehension of the course's material. This digital Certificate will acknowledge the student’s skill and proficiency in the specialized skills we cover and serve as a testament of meeting these high standards, which we are happy to communicate to your employers or university admissions office.