Course Certification

The QLT Certification Process

There are no University requirements around QLT certification. The QLT Team is here to help you meet your and/or your department's goals.

We have no deadlines, but you might want to consider setting some for yourself since this process takes a few months to complete.

Click here to download a printable checklist of these steps.

QLT Course Certification Process Flowchart

1. Contact the QLT Team to get started

The simplest way to get started is to schedule a 30-60 minute consult in person or via Zoom. Email to request a QLT consult.

2. Join the QLT listserv

Submit the QLT listserv sign-up form to join the SF State QLT email listserv and receive email updates about upcoming QLT professional development opportunities.

3. Teach the course at least once

Before you can submit a course for QLT certification, you must teach it at least once in the mode (online, hybrid or HyFlex) you are seeking to certify.

4. Complete QLT training or workshops

Attend at least one SF State QLT workshop or CSU QLT training. We know that student learning has been shown to improve when faculty engage in QLT professional development.

SF State QLT Workshops are offered in all modes (F2F, hybrid and online).

CSU Chancellor's Office QLT training courses are fully online.

5. Select and meet with your QLT mentor / lead reviewer

You will select a lead reviewer from the list of QLT Ambassadors. QLT Ambassadors are SF State faculty who have been through the QLT certification process themselves and are available to mentor you (pending their individual availability in any given semester) during your self-review and course revisions. The lead reviewer will work directly with you to facilitate the rich conversations and the learning that comes from reflecting on your teaching practice.

Meet with your lead reviewer to discuss your course and your goals.  

6. Request a QLT review shell

Before you begin your Self Review, request a QLT review shell from the QLT Team (by emailing if you do not already have one.

You will need to backup and restore your course into the blank QLT Review Shell provided by the QLT Team. Follow these links for step-by-step instructions on how to Backup your course  and how to Restore the backup into the QLT Review shell.

We ask you to do this because peer reviews take place in a copy of your course in order to protect student privacy.

7. Complete a self-review and course revisions

You must complete a SF State QLT Core-24 Self-Review (SP 19 download) in order to apply for certification.

Visit the Resources section of the QLT website to find QLT resources that may assist you in completing your self-review.

8. Apply for certification

Complete the Application for QLT Certification and attach your completed SF State QLT Core-24 Self-Review (SP 19 download).

9. Your course is peer reviewed

Your course will be peer reviewed by your Lead Reviewer who will contact you to discuss the results of their peer review. The second review is a blind peer review recruited by the QLT Team.

10. Celebrate your QLT certification and be recognized

Successful applicants earn the following recognition:

  • Official letter of recognition for RTP purposes
  • Campus-wide recognition in QLT events and on the QLT website
  • Eligibility to become a QLT Ambassador
  • Opportunities to participate in CSU system-level Quality Assurance programs
  • Small stipend for completion of certification