The ACTP offers different certification pathways for academic coaches and tutors to assist in professional development and innovative practices for our members.

Tutoring Certifications

Tutor and Tutor Trainer certifications provide guidelines with which to explore the philosophy and application of tutoring. The ACTP certification demonstrates that individuals have engaged in developing skills and strategies aligned with best practices. Practical tutoring and training skills, a professional practice, and knowledge of underlying theory all support facilitation of learning for students and tutors.

Coaching Certifications

Academic Coach and Peering Coaching Program Certifications provide individuals and institutions with topics and guidelines to form the foundational knowledge needed to be successful in the field. Training topics for all certifications are centered around the five core competencies of coaching: Fundementals, Screening and Orientation, Approaches for Individuals, Assessments, and Ethical and Professional practices.

Select Your Certification Interest to find out more

Tutor Certificates

We offer three levels of certification

Tutor certification requirements include tutor experience, training and recommendations. Tutor training topics are aligned with best practices, and include not only a focus on practical skills, but professional practice and underlying theory, which provide a basis for ongoing independent development and learning.

Level I – Apprentice Tutor requirements provide opportunities to develop an understanding of foundational principles, theories and ethics for a collaborative tutor practice, and core skills to facilitate a successful tutorial.

Level II – Advanced Tutor requirements provide opportunities for more in-depth exploration of theories and principles that can inform strategies and approaches to meet the specific needs of the tutee and promote independent learning. 

Level – III Master Tutor requirements provide opportunities for advanced understanding, and ability to apply theories, skills and knowledge in a specialized area.

Tutor Certification Requirements

Hours of Training
Hours of Experience
ACTP Membership
Certification Period
3 Years
Application Fee

Qualifying Activities and Documentation


Attendance/completion certificates, transcript, or other documentation of content and hours for courses, trainings, seminars, webinars, workshops or ACTP Annual Conference session attendance.

Tutoring Experience

Tutor logs, center scheduling reports, or other documentation of hours for individual, group or synchronous online tutoring, or in-class tutoring assistance


A letter from a supervisor, trainer or coordinator who has knowledge of or has observed your tutor practice

ACTP Membership

ACTP Membership is acquired through one of two methods:

1) Attendance at the yearly conference confers membership for one year from the conference date.
2) Membership can be purchased directly through our membership page.


Fees must be paid before the application can be completed. Fee payments may be done through paypal from the certification page.

Certification Process


Become a Member

From our membership page or when you purchase your certification application. If you are already a member, login or reset your password here. (coming soon)


Download and review:

Certification Information & Worksheet (coming soon)


Gather Relevant Documentation

Justification of training and experience as well as any references required. Please contact the Certification Chair with questions about requirements or documentation.


Purchase and Submit Application

Select the appropriate certification level, fill out the required information, and upload supporting documentation.


Application Review

Your application will be reviewed by ACTP Certification Committee members. You may be contacted to clarify information on your application or documentation. In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional documentation. The review process typically takes 3-5 weeks.


Receive Your Certification!

Once the review process is complete, you will receive an email communication of the committee’s decision. If approved, the email will include a digital certificate that you can print.

Training Topics

*indicates a required topic

Tutoring and the Tutor Role*

ACTP Tutor Ethics and*


Responsibilities & Documentation

Responding to Difficult Students


Learning Preferences

Critical Thinking

Goal Setting & Planning*

Beginning & Ending a Tutorial*

Communicating & Active Listening*

Engaging the Learner & Checking for Understanding *

Providing Feedback*


Resources & Referrals

Frequently Asked Questions

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Examples of CEUs include conference workshops acquired at the ACTP annual conference, CRLA, NCLCA, NADE or other applicable conferences including state and local events. CEUs may include training or sessions attended at the home institution but must be approved by the ACTP certification committee. Please provide documentation of session attendance with certificates or copies of agendas or conference programs.

Each application will be reviewed by 3 ACTP certified Master Tutor Trainers and/or the ACTP tutor certification coordinator. 

The certification for all levels is valid for a 3-year period. During this time, individual may submit higher level certifications which will restart the 3-year timeline.

The certification process requires logging into our member area. If you need help retrieving your log in credentials, please go here.

Bulk certifications may be purchased by institutions by contacting the tutor certification chair.

Purchase memberships, pay certification fees, and fill out a single supervisor recommendation form.
With EACH of your tutors, review the certification worksheet (coming soon) and provide the tutor with supporting documentation or access to supporting documentation for training and tutoring hours.

You will be provided registration codes for each of your tutors along with instructions for beginning the submission process. Ask each of your tutors to submit their own individual application with the supporting documentation form through our certification portal (coming soon)

If you have questions about the certification process or need clarification, please contact us.


Alternatively, if you plan on attending our Annual ACTP Conference, there are a couple of opportunities to learn more about and assist you in the certification process. A session to learn more about requirements and documentation is always scheduled during the conference. In addition, there will be additional opportunities to consult one-on-one with a certification committee member.

Ready to Apply?

Click the button below to begin the application process today!

Tutor Certification Chair

Christine R. Andrews M.Ed.

Tutor Certification Chair

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