How long does it take to complete a module?
If you do all the readings and assignments associated with each module, it should take approximately 16 hours to complete.
How long do I have to complete a module?
You have eight weeks (56 days) to complete each module from the time you first log on to that module. Most students find that they can easily complete a module within the eight-week required time frame. Be sure to plan at least 16 hours of work time over the course of the eight weeks to complete the module.
Note that if you are a scholarship recipient or are participating as a part of a group or cohort, your funder or sponsor may select to shorten the timeline in which you need to complete each module.
What happens if I fail to complete a module within the eight weeks?
Should you fail to complete a module within eight weeks of initial login, you will need to re-register and repay for that module in order to complete the module and receive your Certificate of Completion. This is allowed one time.
Can I request an extension if I can’t finish within eight weeks?
You may request one 1-week extension over the course of the nine modules to be granted at the discretion of the McCormick Center faculty and staff. No extensions will be granted for resubmissions.
What happens if I fail to complete a module by the expiration date?
Should you fail to complete a module within eight weeks of initial login, you will need to re-register and repay for that module in order to complete the module and receive your Certificate of Completion.
How quickly will I receive my scores?
Within about 10 business days of submitting your module for review, you will receive an email with your scoring summary, faculty feedback, and—assuming you successfully completed the module—your Certificate of Completion.
Can I take more than one module at a time?
You can certainly register for as many modules as you like at once, but we strongly recommend that you work on only one module at a time. As soon as you complete one module you can begin the next.
Do I need to take the modules in order?
If you are only registering for a couple of modules, you can certainly take the modules in any order you like. If you plan to attain the Aim4Excellence national director credential by completing all nine modules, however, we suggest you take them in sequence, beginning with Module 1.
How many clock hours will I receive for each module?
Each module is worth 16 clock hours. After successfully completing a module you’ll receive a certificate with the clock hours indicated at the bottom.
I’m from Illinois. How long will it take my clock hours to appear on the Gateways for Opportunity Registry?
Clock hours for those modules you successfully complete will automatically appear on the Illinois Gateways for Opportunity Registry. Allow up to 60 days from your certificate date for the module to appear on your registry.
Am I required to renew my Aim4Excellence National Director Credential?
In order to maintain a valid credential, Aim4Excellence credentialed directors must renew every five years. Learn about the renewal process.
How do I get a new or replacement credential?
You can request a new credential by emailing McCormickCenterHelpdesk@nl.edu or call the HelpDesk 844.378.2464 There is a $10.00 replacement fee, credential will not be sent without the $10.00 fee paid in full.