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Learning Center &

Learning Center of excellence certification

Purpose of the learning centers of excellence program

  • Promote professional standards of excellence for learning centers
  • Recognize the need for flexibility and inclusiveness in meeting these standards
  • Encourage centers to develop, maintain and assess quality programs and services to enhance student learning
  • Honor the history of established and unique centers 
  • Celebrate the outstanding achievements of centers that meet and exceed these standards


All applicants for Learning Center Certification and Learning Center of Excellence Designation must complete the application form according to the directions in each subsection below. The certification description and checklist are designed to assist in identifying the appropriate evidence to include to meet the criteria.

A review committee of at least 3 members from the NCLCA Past President's Council, current Executive Board, or LCE recipients will review the applications for consideration.  Criteria come from the standards outlined in the table of guidelines and each application is rated according to meeting and/or exceeding the standards.  Applicants may be asked to submit additional information at the request of the evaluators to further explain or enhance their application.  

After an application is reviewed, the review committee will provide feedback and suggestions based on each application to encourage each center to continue to strive for excellence.

how to apply

  1. If you plan to submit an application, please complete the Intent to Apply Form before moving forward. This will allow a mentor to be assigned to you for support as you prepare your application.
  2. Use the Learning Center Certification Application Form
  3. Please carefully follow the application checklist and provide the recommended evidence to support your application.
  4. Appendices: We encourage the use of appendices to keep the application itself to the specified size. But we would prefer that you reference materials in the appendix to make them easy for the review committee to access. All listed files should be referenced in the appropriate location in the application. For documents created in MS Publisher, please save these as PDF files so that reviewers with Macs can read them.
  5. After completing, please save all of your application materials in a Google Drive and share the folder with Laura Sanders at  lsanders@nclca.org

PLEASE NOTE: Upon receipt, all Learning Center of Excellence Certification applications become the property of NCLCA. NCLCA will not return documents to applicants for any purpose, nor will it photocopy original documents for applicants. Prior to submission, applicants are responsible to make and retain photocopies of all submitted materials for future reference. Fees must be paid at time of application.

    Deadlines, Fee Structure & Timeline

    Deadlines for submissions to be reviewed:

    Initial Application
    • January 15th - Notification by April 15th
    • July 15th - Notification October 1
    Renewal Application: 
    • Sept. 1st - Notification by Nov. 30th (in the year that certification expires) 

    Fees and designation duration

    • Initial certification or designation (3 years) - $500
    • Renewal of certification or designation (5 years) - $250

      Intent To Apply Form   


    Payments can be made online via NCLCA's online store, hosted by Square

    If you have any questions about the LCE Certification, please contact Laura Sanders lsanders@nclca.org | 219-464-5210  

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