Policies, Directions, and FAQs

Below are resources registrants find helpful, as well as answers to some of the most common questions we receive. If you can’t find an answer to your inquiry on this page, please contact us at brownprofdev@wustl.edu for further assistance.

Program Locations, Parking, & Public Transportation

Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held on Washington University’s Danforth Campus, primarily within the Brown School’s three buildings – Brown, Goldfarb, and Hillman Halls. We will send building and room assignments with your registration confirmation. Locations are subject to change. Click here for directions to the Brown School.

Effective September 1, 2017, parking is not included in our program registration fees. Visitor parking is available at any of the garages on campus, at a maximum cost per day of $15. Click here to learn more about parking on campus.

Please comply with all Washington University parking policies. The Brown School is not responsible for any parking tickets you may receive.

Washington University’s Danforth Campus is adjacent to the Skinker and Big Bend MetroLink stations. Depending on the specific program location, you can anticipate a 5-10 minute walk from MetroLink to get to us. Click here to learn more about Metro’s service and routes.

A note about finding us using GPS or Mapquest: Individual buildings on the Washington University campus do not have a street address. However, typing in the following addresses very nearly approximate our locations:

  • For programs in Brown, Goldfarb, or Hillman Hall: 1 Wrighton Way. St. Louis, MO 63105
  • For programs in the Danforth University Center: 6465 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105
Accommodations & Special Needs

The Brown School is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for our program participants. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation, please contact us (brownprofdev@wustl.edu or 314-935-7573) at least 7 days in advance of your program date.

Two of the special needs that are most frequently voiced by our participants are:

  • Accessible parking is available in the East End garage located near the Brown School, with entrances at Wrighton Way (formally Hoyt Drive) from Forsyth or Forest Park Parkway. Visitor parking is available at any of the garages on campus, at a maximum cost per day of $15. Click here to learn more about parking on campus.. The East End garage accepts Visa/MC or cash at self-validation stations for payment. The DUC garage is also available in the unlikely event that the East End garage is full. If you need assistance with your mobility once on campus, you can request a golf cart to take you from your car to the program location by calling 314-935-3648. This service is available 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Availability of space for nursing mothers. The Brown School has a dedicated space for nursing and pumping, located on the second floor of Hillman Hall.
Payment by Check | Downloading a Registration Form

Note that your seat is not reserved until receipt of the registration form and payment are confirmed. To maximize your chances of securing a seat in your chosen classes, we encourage you to register online by credit card payment. If you prefer to pay by check and mail in your registration form, please download and print the appropriate registration form below:

Feel free to contact us by email, brownprofdev@wustl.edu, or by phone, 314-935-7573, with any questions.

Note: Due to delays experienced with US Mail, please allow additional time for receiving and processing your registration payment.

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Late Registration

The preferred registration deadline for each workshop is generally one week in advance of the workshop date. When possible, we do accommodate late registrations, up to the capacity limit of the class. Firm registration deadlines often need to be observed for Summer Institute and other longer format classes.

If you are registering more than three days in advance of a workshop, online registration and payment is usually still possible. This is recommended, as your spot is only secured when you are fully registered and paid.

Online registration generally closes at least two full business days in advance of a workshop. Once online registration is closed, clicking on the workshop’s “Register Online” link will produce a message indicating whether day-of, walk-up registrations will be accepted.

Refunds/Registration Cancellation

Once you have registered, there are no refunds, unless a class is canceled or there is not space in your requested class.

Students wishing to cancel a registration will receive credit towards another Brown School professional development class, provided they give 3 days’ notice of their change in plans. Proration of fees for partial attendance is not possible.

A student with a paid registration may designate a colleague or friend to attend any single meeting workshop in their place. The favor of communicating these changes to Professional Development well in advance of the workshop date is much appreciated. Designees may not be sent to partly attend a multi-meeting class.

In order to preserve an orderly and respectful classroom environment, the Brown School reserves the right to dismiss any participant who is disrupting the learning of others. In the event a participant is dismissed from one of our programs, no refunds will be provided.

Discounted Registrations

For most Professional Development workshop series classes, we offer a 40 percent fee discount to Brown School field instructors, Brown School adjunct faculty, permanent Washington University staff from other parts of the university, and full-time graduate students affiliated with other universities. An 80 percent discount is generally available for full-time Washington University graduate students. Individuals registering with a student discount will be asked to show their school ID when they arrive for the program. Please see each class to confirm the fee structure.

Non-profit organizations interest in a group purchase of 10 or more general admission workshop seats may contact the professional development office at brownprofdev@wustl.edu to discuss a group discount.

For professional development attendees of Summer Institute classes, there is a corporate rate and a discounted rate for staff of non-profits.

No individual scholarships or other price reductions for our classes are possible.

Requesting a Replacement CEU Certificate

If you are requesting a replacement certificate by email, we can email you a copy of your CEU certificate or Advanced Learning Certificate as a PDF. Currently, there is no charge for this service. Click here to request a certificate via email.

All requests for replacement certificates must include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your Mailing Address
  • Your Personal Identifying Number (last 4 digits of your Social Security # or your complete social work license number)
  • Date of Program
  • Program Title

If you are requesting a hard copy of your certificate to be sent by US mail – domestic only, please enclose a check with “PD Certificate Request” in the memo line, along with a $15 administration fee for CEUs or $25 administration fee for Advanced Learning Certificate. Mail to:

Brown School Professional Development Dept.
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
MSC 1196-251-46
St. Louis, MO 63130

Note: Due to delays experienced with US Mail, please allow additional time for receiving and processing your registration payment.

Advanced Learning Certificate Policies

The Brown School’s Advanced Learning Certificate Program operates within the Office of Professional Development. Below are resources participants find helpful, as well as answers to some of the most common questions we receive. If you can’t find an answer to your inquiry, please contact us at BrownCertificates@wustl.edu for further assistance.

Application and Admission Prerequisites

All participants must complete an online application, including the submission of their current resume, for each certificate program. All applications will be approved on a rolling basis, normally within 2 weeks of submission. All applications must be submitted prior to the application deadline date.

Additional program prerequisites may be required and will be detailed on the individual programs website, such as including a Statement of Purpose, specific program or computer skills, and/or educational requirements.

Cost and Payment of Program Fees

Unless otherwise noted, the tuition/registration fee for all certificate programs is $1,995.00.

The Brown School accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover), by check payable to Washington University, or by Flywire for international participants. If required by an employer, the University can issue an invoice for program fees.

Participants should be advised that they may be dismissed from a certificate program if their program fees are more than 30 days past due. If there are any unpaid fees at the close of the program, a participant’s certificate credential will be held by the University until their account is satisfied.

Refunds/Registration Cancellation

Participants who wish to drop a certificate program should do so via email to BrownCertificates@wustl.edu clearly stating that they wish to withdraw from the program. They will be eligible for refunds on the following schedule:

  • Notification one week or more prior to the first class meeting – 100% of paid program fees will be refunded
  • Notification less than one week prior to class but before the second class meeting – 75% of paid program fees will be refunded
  • After the second class meeting, no refunds are possible

Refunds for transactions completed by credit card will be processed to that credit card within 10 days. Refunds for transactions in cash or by check will be paid by check within 30 days.

Completion of Program Requirements

Each program and instructor(s) will determine what options may be available to someone who misses a class session. If someone knows they will miss more than 3 hours of class time, they should not apply for the particular cohort. Due to the importance of class participation and engagement in in-class exercises, it is not possible for a participant to satisfactorily complete a program with less than 80% attendance. No proration of program fees is possible due to partial attendance.

Participants will receive their certificate at the close of a program based on satisfactory attendance and successful completion of the final project or program assignments. A participant who does not meet these standards will not receive Advanced Learning Certificate Program; upon request, they may still receive a social work CEU certificate reflective of actual contact hours in class. Delivery of both the Certificate and CEUs is contingent on the participant having paid all program fees due the University.

CEU certificates will be delivered electronically by the Office of Professional Development within 2-3 weeks following the final class date. Advanced Learning Certificates will be mailed from within four weeks of the date the instructor posts that the participant has successfully passed the program.

Discounts and Scholarships

No discounts or scholarships are currently available for our certificate programs.

Professionalism & Disruptive Behavior

Our policies should not be considered to be comprehensive and may be updated at the discretion of the Brown School. All policies that govern operations and student conduct at Washington University’s Brown School are also in effect for participants in the Advanced Learning Certificate Program, except to the extent that those policies differ from the above.

The Brown School reserves the right to dismiss any participant, with or without prior warning, if they are disruptive to the learning experience of others. In the event that a student is involuntarily dismissed, program fees will not be refunded.

The new DestinyOne registration system launched on February 1st for Professional Development.
The new DestinyOne registration system launched on February 1st for Professional Development.