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ICRS Certificate Program

The ICRS certificate program is a competency-based, experiential, online and blended course of study that, in addition to offering continuing education credits (CEs), also provides program credits. After earning six (6) online credits and attending the Advanced Leadership Institute, participants will be awarded the ICRS certificate.

Learn. Network. Lead.

Enhance your knowledge and skills in governance, network with participants around the world and expand your leadership skills through the ICRS. Courses are offered in four-week segments and taught by renowned experts who lead discussions and provide feedback on assignments to assist professionals along their regulatory journey.

Regulation & Governance, Public Policy & Legislation and Research, Measurement & Operational Performance lead to Advanced Leadership Institute, which leads to the ICRS Certificate

Certificate Requirements

In order to receive the ICRS Certificate, participants need to: 

  • Complete the Competency Assessment
  • Complete all pre-requisite material
  • Complete six (6) courses from the Pathways
  • Attend and participate in the ICRS Leadership Institute

Network with Regulators Around the World

Apply for the ICRS Certificate Program

Courses are currently open for enrollment, free of charge, to all NCSBN Members, Associate Members and Exam User Members.  The ICRS program will be available to international regulations, for a fee, starting Winter 2020.  Complete the application in order to begin your regulatory journey with ICRS.

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ICRS Certificate Program Course Catalog

Each course is available for a special introductory rate of $50 USD. This rate will also apply to any course taken in the future when the rates may be higher.  Course tuition includes all course materials and texts.  Tuition assistance is available to those in need.  Please contact us for more information.
Course Instructor Course Dates
Course Administrative Law for Regulators

Instructor Course Dates Starts April 11, 2022
Course Cracking the Code to Nursing Education Program Approval: The Evidence

Instructor Course Dates Starts April 11, 2022
Course Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Regulatory Practice

For good reason these days, just about every organization has had to focus on its cultural climate and how that milieu affects both employees and those they serve. Develop a deeper understanding of the core concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion in this course, along with how they apply to your work setting.

Instructor Course Dates In Progress
Course Experts in Humanity: The History of Nursing Regulation

Alphonse de Lamartine famously said that “history teaches everything, even the future.” To better anticipate and navigate the challenges on the horizon, the History of Nursing Regulation will examine our past. We will explore nursing and nursing regulation in a primarily American context, but with careful attention to relevant international developments, themes, and interconnections. What did the profession look like before mandatory licensure? Before permissive licensure? Why did the first permissive licensure legislation of the early twentieth century coincide with the women’s suffrage movement? We will answer these questions and more on our journey into the past…and back to the future.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Fundamentals of Research

This course provides the necessary foundations for researchers to answer research questions and, ultimately, to advance our collective knowledge. Just as responsible, ethical research methodologies are essential to any research study, so are the fundamentals of research essential to understanding proper methodologies in the first place. This course prepares participants to become independent investigators by teaching practical skills, such as ethics training, choosing an appropriate research methodology, drafting a research question, evaluating source materials, ranking supporting evidence, and conducting a comprehensive literature review.

Instructor Course Dates In Progress
Course 研究基础(中文) Fundamentals of Research (Chinese)


参与者将系统学习人类相关科学研究所需的概念和技能。 通过道德伦理规范准则培训 及理解国际IRB机构,参与者将得到文献检索,提出和规划研究问题和选择合适的研究方法的基本训练。

Translated: This is the first and only international nursing research series course offered by ICRS in Chinese. This culturally neutral course will offer the participants an opportunity to use the language of their choice to communicate with their international colleagues. It will serve as a platform for sharing information to support international collaboration in nursing research.

Participants will learn the basic concepts and techniques that are essential to launching a research study. Subjects covered include research ethics, international IRB resources, drafting a research question,  conducting literature reviews and choosing an appropriate research methodology. Graduates of this course will develop the practical skills that will start them on the path towards becoming independent investigators. 

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course High-Performing Teams

High Performing Teams provides essential information for both the novice and the expert to become a better participant and manager of teams. Participants will perform a personal assessment of team behaviors and will create of a checklist to facilitate future team meetings.

Instructor Course Dates Starts April 11, 2022
Course The Impact of Federalist Government on State Agencies

As a regulator, it is imperative to understand the intersection of state and federal laws and how they apply to state level regulation. In The Impact of Federalist Government on State Agencies , Rebecca Fotsch, JD, Director of State Advocacy & Legislative Affairs at NCSBN will guide you through how to analyze and determine the implications of federal laws on a regulatory body’s jurisdiction. Within this course you will familiarize yourself with federal and state laws, interpret Supreme Court decisions, all culminated in a final analysis of the state impact of a recent federal law of your choosing.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Introduction to Administrative Law for Regulators in Canada

In order to effectively regulate nursing in the public interest, this course provides participants with the necessary tools to successfully navigate Canadian administrative law. Its dual focus examines high level presentations of administrative law principles and their application to specific regulatory activities.

Instructor Course Dates In Progress
Course Just Culture, Reliability Science and Crisis Management: Innovations for Regulators

In today’s dynamic world, regulators need to move from a focus on compliance to a focus on seeing, understanding, and managing the risks to public safety. To do so, we will need to partner with others in new ways. The science of high reliability can better equip regulators to anticipate the unexpected and justly respond.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Leadership Journey of a Regulator

It takes resilient leaders to weather the crises that the profession—and society—are facing today. Strong leaders must be self-aware of both their strengths and the areas in which they can improve. They must develop astute ways of communicating with others. This course will hone those critical skills.

Instructor Course Dates Starts April 11, 2022
Course Maximizing Your Experience in the ICRS

This free, one-hour advisory session provides a comprehensive overview of the ICRS certificate program, including its components, structure, requirements and content. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to navigate the program and how to use the Competency Assessment tool to determine the optimum course selection within the three Pathways: Regulation & Governance, Public Policy & Legislation and Research & Management.

Instructor Course Dates Monthly
Course Making Data Analysis Easy with Python

What’s the best way to communicate your data story? No experience in programming or statistics required. Learn how to report descriptive information, develop effective visualizations, and apply statistical tests using one of the world’s most popular programming languages: Python!

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Power Dynamics of Negotiations

ICRS Instructor Nancy Coldham, who holds a Masters in International & Intercultural Communications, will guide you through the intricacies of negotiating in a globalized world, where culture dynamics invariably factor into the negotiation equations. In the past, negotiation theory has focused on interpersonal dynamics—but this course adds governance and institutional change competency to the mix. Participants will be able to identify, explain and apply the basic negotiation principles and strategies. Additionally, you will learn to differentiate between and choose appropriate Conflict and Negotiation Mental Models, and understand fundamentals of cross-cultural communication and impact on negotiation communication and style. In this course, you can develop your own unique negotiation style: one rooted in best practice and evidence-based resolution options.

Instructor Course Dates Starts April 11, 2022
Course Questionnaire Design

If “knowledge is power” and “information is liberating,” as Kofi Annan has wisely said, how can we ask the right questions in order to obtain the most accurate answers? Dr. Richard Smiley will guide you through the fundamentals of design to create clear, concise, and effective web questionnaires.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Read, Appraise, Apply: Critically Evaluating the Regulatory Literature

Looking to keep abreast of the latest research, and apply it to practice? Yearning to build a community of fellow regulators with whom you can share knowledge? Try this virtual journal club! Build your skills in reading and critical appraisal of research, in a collaborative setting.  

*Participants must attend three of the four ‘virtual’ live discussions (i.e., with camera on) from 3-4pm Central (Chicago) time on 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, and 3/3/2022. 

Instructor Course Dates In Progress
Course Role of the Executive Officer

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Synergy or Strife? Communication Skills for Regulatory Professionals

Effective communication can manage conflict in groups with divergent goals. Part I of Synergy or Strife will explore the nature of groups and will introduce small group communication theories and processes as well as intercultural approaches to teamwork.  The second portion of this course will delve into leadership styles, feedback models and the challenging topic of conflict management.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Writing and Publishing a Research Manuscript

Disseminating cutting-edge information is critical to advancing all aspects of nursing. To ensure their work reaches an audience, nurse researchers must understand and master the conventions expected by peer-reviewed, academic journal editors. Through this course, participants will learn how to construct a publishable manuscript and navigate the publication process.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon
Course Writing for Leadership: Mastering the Fundamentals for Authoritative Written Expression

One cannot communicate effectively without thinking critically or writing clearly, and this course teaches participants how to execute all three of these essential leadership qualities. Each week, participants will hear from experts in the key genres of writing for leaders in the nursing profession.

Instructor Course Dates Coming Soon