Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Validation Science (Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Validation Science)

University College Cork (CVS)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in CPD (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

10

Department

School of Chemistry

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

087-6931100

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.

Role

UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/08/2021

Start Date

22/09/2021

End Date

09/05/2022

About this Course

The Certificate in Continuing Professional Development in Validation Science is an industrially focused course which provides students with an understanding of the importance of validating manufacturing processes (aseptic, plant, utilities), as well as the emerging trends/technologies in these expanding industries (e.g. vaccine development and automation). This programme is committed to producing graduates with the knowledge and transversal skills to work successfully in the highly regulated manufacturing environments and more importantly, be able to adapt to the future demands of this sector and take up roles such as production/manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, commissioning, qualification and validation roles are targeted within the Biopharma / Pharma /Medtech industries.




Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a minimum level 6 qualification or equivalent in an engineering or science discipline.

Long Description

This programme in Validation Science provides a level 7 qualification in Validation Science over one year for individuals who are seeking to up-skill or cross-skill in order to gain suitable employment in sectors such as biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. This programme targets employment roles in production/manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, commissioning, qualification, validation and operation roles within pharmaceutical/biotechnology/medical device manufacturing companies. This is an industrially focused course where students gain valuable knowledge and key skills in subject areas pertinent to working in highly regulated manufacturing environments such as GMP, Quality and Validation. The importance of validation of equipment, plant, utilities, processes and procedures in industry will be shown to be an essential approach to consistently producing products of the intended quality.

The course consists of two 5 credit modules: Introduction to Validation (5 credits) and Validation Science (5 credits). All lectures are delivered online with each module containing six units of lecture topics. On completion of each unit the student will be required to complete a series of multiple choice questions (MCQ). Progression to the next unit of lectures is based on achieving an 80% grade in the MCQ. In addition, a series of workshops delivered by industry will be provided and the student will be required to submit an assignment for these. Finally, several industry webinars will also be delivered as well as further reading material and directed study.

Career Opportunities

This programme was developed at the request of the South-West Regional Skills Forum to grow validation skills capabilities across the life-sciences sector and address what was identified as the number 1 priority skills gap at the 2017 Pharma/Biopharma Round-Table, attended by 40+ senior company representatives from 25+ companies in the region. This forum identified that there was a gap for a cohesive up-skilling/cross-skilling career professional development (CPD) programme for industrial employees, individuals seeking roles and recent graduates in the field of validation and the demand for this course to supply this skill-base over the decade.

A dedicated UCC CAREER COACH will work with students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with:
• Selecting the most suitable course and transitioning into university;
• The development of their job readiness;
• Their ultimate transition into employment/furthering existing careers.
The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the eligible applicants for the 2021 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment.

PRE-ENTRY SUPPORTS
The University will provide both online and one-to-one guidance and support to prospective and incoming students in relation to potential career options and outcomes for their course(s) of interest prior to registration. The dedicated Springboard Careers coach will assist individuals in selecting a course that is closely aligned with their own skills, strengths, and personal career goals and objectives.

JOB READINESS
In terms of job readiness training, main activities will include:
1. ONE TO ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
• Where they are now in their careers;
• Where they want to be;
• Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2021 applicants.
2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to compliment individual coaching sessions will be delivered focusing on positioning oneself for job readiness and moving forward into a job. Small group workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, and to develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.
3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
• Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
• Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies. Past UCC Springboard students attended talks delivered by Voxpro, Biomarin, Cork Local Enterprise Office, among others.
• Meet with employers for informational interviews.

TRANSITION INTO EMPLOYMENT/FURTHERING CAREER
Students will be enrolled on an online 5 credit module entitled CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS. The objective of this module is to provide essential training in professional career management skills to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers – whether that involves returning to the workplace after a period of unemployment/absence, or changing role/company for those who are already in employment. Module Content will include:
• Assessing job readiness;
• Exploring self-awareness and setting realistic career objectives;
• Understanding your strengths, development needs, opportunities and threats;
• Developing a career-management strategy and identifying career goals;
• Creative job-hunting both online and offline;
• Written applications, CVs and interview preparation;
• Implementing career plans.

Timetable Info

This Certificate is delivered part time by evening over one academic year (26 weeks) which is suitable for applicants seeking to up-skill/cross-skill in order to secure employment for purposes of joining, re-entering or for career progression in the Biopharma, Pharma and MedTech sectors. The course is designed for maximum flexibility for students to complete the course part time and completely online.

Delivery Location

Online

Delivery Notes

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19.

Phone

087-6931100

Email

ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

In advance of applying for this course, please familiarise yourself with the programme entry requirements detailed on this page, as well as the Springboard+ eligibility criteria outlined at https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility.

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
- You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
- You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
- You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
- You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
- You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
- If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted.
- If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

Please ensure that you have ALL of the following documentation available at the time of application:

1. Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous educational qualifications that demonstrate how you meet the programme entry requirements.

2. Application statement - please describe in a maximum of 500 words why you wish to study this course at UCC and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements. Applicants should also reflect on their ability to commit to the course's delivery method - whether on campus in UCC or online.

3. Detailed and up-to-date CV.

4. Proof of selected category of applicant, i.e. employed, self-employed, unemployed, or returner. Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for acceptable documentation for each category.

5. Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo certificate for non-native English speakers demonstrating level required by programme entry requirements.

6. Proof of meeting the nationality/residency requirement if applicable (Relevant applicants must provide evidence of residency for 3 out of the last 5 years).

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated. To create a zip file in Windows:
1. Select the files you want to add to the zip file. Selecting files.
2. Right-click one of the files. A menu will appear.
3. In the menu, click Send to and select Compressed (zipped) folder.
4. A zip file will appear. If you want, you can type a new name for the zip file.

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PROGRAMME FEE INFORMATION:

No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €125. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

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IMPORTANT:

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received.

We envisage three rounds of offers for successful applicants on July 14th, July 28th and August 16th. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed asap to afford them the opportunity to apply for alternative courses.

Eligibility for Springboard+ course will be checked at application stage and at course registration - proof of status must be provided on each occasion. Further verification checks will occur at least twice during the year where students will be expected to confirm their registration and status on the Springboard+ website.

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