Sask museums

Certificate in Community Museum Studies Program

 * Entry-level * Standards of excellence * Contemporary *
Certificate in Community Museum Studies Program
The Certificate in Community Museum Studies is a comprehensive, entry-level training program in museum management and operations. The program is designed to provide a basic understanding of the scope of knowledge, skills and standards of excellence involved in operating a successful public museum.

The Certificate consists of ten courses. Each course is guided by recognized museum practices and accepted procedures in all functions. Each course is offered in a scheduled rotation throughout the province over a period of three to four years.  

    * Gain the knowledge, skills, and learn the standards of excellence involved in operating a
       successful public museum
    * Network with colleagues throughout the province
    * Share ideas and concerns
    * Apply the course material to your own museum

Certificate Courses
Care of Collections (2 days)
Collections Management (1 day)
Exhibit Design and Planning (2 days)
Museums 101 (1 day) *no assignment*
Museums and Community (2 days)
Museums and Education (1 day)
Marketing the Museum (1 day)
Organization and Management (1 day)
Research (1 day)
Volunteer Management (1 day)

Standards for Saskatchewan Museums (2010) is the primary textbook for every course.  In addition, each course includes a comprehensive participant handbook with course information, templates, readings, and resources.

MAS offers a Resource Library available to the volunteers and staff of member institutions. The library contains books, technical publications, journals and audio-visual programs.

Our instructors are experts in their field.  They bring a wealth of experience, skills, and knowledge to share with participants.  Our courses are designed to facilitate participation, discussion, group activities, and interactive learning. 

Any interested individual may enroll.  The courses provide individuals, paid or volunteers, with entry-level training in core subject areas.

Certificate Requirements
To achieve the Certificate in Community Museum Studies, participants must attend all required courses and complete accompanying assignments with a passing grade.  Upon completion of all course work, the participant will be recognized with a Certificate.  

The take-home assignments are designed to help participants apply the formal instruction received in the courses to their own museum's situation. The assignments give participants practical experience in applying the classroom instruction to situations in their own museums or communities. Assignments will receive a grade of pass or re-write. Participants will have the opportunity to re-write any assignment that does not receive a pass.

Credit Status
To receive credit for individual courses, participants must complete the assignment and receive a passing grade. 

Non-Credit Status
Participants may take individual courses on a non-credit basis.

Transfer of Credits
Participants may request a transfer of credit for similar course work taken through other museum studies programs such as those offered by the Alberta Museums Association (AMA), Association of Manitoba Museums (AMM) and Ontario Museum Association (OMA). Please contact MAS for more information about the transfer process. 

Registration Fees
One-Day Course
MAS members: $60 per course, $50 if two or more from same institution
Non-members: $80 per course
Student: $40 per course (ID must be presented at time of registration)
Museums 101 requires the purchase of Standards for Saskatchewan Museums (2010). 

Two-Day Course
MAS Members $100 per course, $90 if two or more from same institution
Non-MAS Members: $140 per course
Student: $75 (ID must be presented at time of registration)

All fees include GST. 

Registration and Payment
A registration form can be found on our main Education and Professional Development page: . 
Each course has a registration date.  Please register by this date to ensure your space and to avoid disappointment.  Fees may be transferred to another individual.  Registrations may be submitted by mail, email or fax.  Please contact MAS via telephone before registering to ensure space is available. 

The Museums Association of Saskatchewan reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any course at any time for any reason. The Association cannot guarantee continuation of any program should funding cease. The availability, date and location of the course offerings are subject to change at any time.

The registration fee will only be refunded if you withdraw your application five days prior to the course date or if the course is cancelled.  In cases of weather conditions, illness and family emergencies, the five day requirement may be waived by MAS.

Payment may be made with VISA, MasterCard, cheque or cash.  Please make cheques payable to Museums Association of Saskatchewan. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

Contact us
Museums Association of Saskatchewan
424 McDonald Street
Regina SK  S4N 6E1
1-306-780-9279 or toll free in SK : 1-866-568-7386