ACES - ACOR Certification and Education Series

The ACES program is designed to give Research Administrators at every level the necessary skills and expertise to support faculty in research. The training will provide essential tools for every step of the research support process - from proposal development to project management to compliance.

2019-2020 ACES course is now closed.

Accepted applicants will be notified of their enrollment in ACES at the end of July. 

About the Program

Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

ACOR Certification & Education Series is an education and certification program developed by the Administrative Committee on Research and co-sponsored by the Office for Research Protections.

 Please note the following:

  • Participants commit to sixteen classes and two roundtable events.
  • Final graduation certification is earned at the end of the second semester.
  • Assessments are required at the end of each semester, designed to demonstrate practical application of the concepts.
  • Attendance at all classes is required. Please check the class schedule prior to enrolling to determine your availablity.

All classes are held on Friday mornings, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in 205LL The 330 Building, Innovation Park.

The course cost for 2019-20 is $1000. ACES is only open to Penn State employees.

Please contact the ORP ( or  814-865-1775) if you have any questions.