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Certificate Programmes


Certificate Courses are short-term courses offered for a period of 6 months (minimum duration 3 months & maximum duration 6 months). These courses are developed for mid-career professionals as well as new entrants into the development sector; who wish to learn and keep updated with new trends and practical experiences in their respective areas of work. All courses are offered in an open and distance mode (online), enabling the learners to plan their study time such that it balances with their work schedule. Each course consists of six units. A self-assessment test at the end of every two units has to be completed by the learner in order to progress to the next unit. The course delivery includes interaction with guest faculty and immediate and engaged communication through Moodle. Evaluation is based on written assignments in the form of reflection papers, Quiz and project work/ project proposal or an essay.

Each learner is awarded with a certificate upon the completion of the course.


  • The minimum qualification required for the Certificate Programmes is Bachelor's degree in any subject
  • All our courses are in English and hence, basic knowledge of English is required
  • All courses are offered through online distance education mode and require the learner to have basic knowledge of computers and access to internet
  • Relevant experience in the respective field is preferred but, it is not mandatory
  • Candidates without a Bachelor's degree may also apply. A minimum of three years field experience in development programmes is required in such cases. Such admissions shall be granted on a case to case basis. Applications requesting admission may be addressed to Ms. Priti Sharma, Senior Program Manager, PRIA International Academy and may be sent to education@pria.org

Course Fee 

Indian applicants: Rs. 8,800 (excluding bank charges)

South Asian applicants: USD 180 (excluding bank charges)

International applicants: USD 350 (excluding bank charges)

The application form can be filled online. Alternatively, a downloadable version of the form is also available on our site.

Re-registration for the courses can be done with 25% of the course fee. Re-registration is not applicable for the Online Training Capsule on Understanding the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.


  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kishori Panchayat Member
  • PRIA works for educating voters and making them conscious of discharging their duties as responsible citizens

    Dr Sushil Trivedi, IAS (Retd.)
    Former State Election Commissioner
  • PRIA has been able to provide voice to the Dalits and has generated awareness among them to demand their rights

    Vidyanand Vikal, Chairperson
    Commission for Scheduled Castes
    Government of Bihar
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
  • The partnership between University of Victoria, a Northern university, and PRIA, a Southern institution, enables us to make some real contributions to building capacities in the global South

    Prof. Budd Hall, Co-Chair
    UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
    University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • A delegation of elected members and officials from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka was exposed to PRIAâ??s exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service deliver

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University

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