Research Administration Professional Development Program (RAPDP)

The Research Administration Professional Development Program (RAPDP) is a training curriculum designed for both new and experienced Research Administrators (RAs) as well as anyone interested in possibly becoming an RA. The program consists of 21 topics that cover foundational, pre-award, post-award, and specialized topic categories, delivered via eCourse, ILT (Instructor-led Training), or a combination of both. 

The purpose of RAPDP is to create a talent pipeline and foster recognition of the field as a profession. It enables employees to assess their baseline competencies and skills and obtain professional proficiency through sequential in-depth skill building via a structured learning and development curriculum that is complemented by on-the-job training. Check out our full RAPDP Curriculum Overview, and details of the Foundational, Intermediate, and Speciality Curriculum below.

Want to be notified when ILT (Zoom) classes are open for registration?
The ILT classes are offered via Zoom, twice a year. The spring cycle schedule is usually announced/open for registration in January / early February and runs from March to May. The fall cycle schedule is usually announced over the summer and runs from September to early December.
  • If you are part of any of the RA mailing list, RAC forum mailing list, or BRAG mailing list, you will be notified as soon as these ILT (Zoom) classes are open for registration. 
  • If you are not part of any of the mailing lists mentioned above, complete this interest form to be notified directly when registration opens.

Once any or all of the curricula is completed, refer to the Instructions to Print Your Certificate(s) of Completion.

RAPDP Curriculum Overview (Click Here)


Contact Ying Kuah

People & Organization Development Lead