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Welcome to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) group design standards training. The WWC offers this training to inform the public about the key elements of the WWC group design standards, increase transparency of our review process, and promote the use of rigorous, high-quality research.


This training series includes nine modules, each focused on a different aspect of the WWC group design standards and procedures. We recommend viewing the modules in numerical order. Start with the Introduction video, which describes the goals, topics, and organization of this training.


If you view the first six modules on WWC standards in this training series, you will earn a certificate of completion. When you complete the Systematic Reviews module, choose the "Print Certificate" menu option on the left to receive your certificate.


Becoming certified in the WWC group design standards requires that you view all nine modules on the WWC Standards and Procedures and successfully complete a multiple-choice certification test. You will have four opportunities to take and pass the test, which includes 50 shorter multiple-choice questions and two multiple-part questions that simulate a review. When you successfully complete the test, you will be able to print a certificate as proof that you are certified in the WWC group design standards.

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In addition to the certification test, trainees seeking to be certified reviewers for the WWC must complete additional tasks. Use the Contact Us form to contact the Help Desk if you are interested in pursuing this highest level of certification. Those who successfully complete this level of certification can be included in the list of certified reviewers on the WWC website, and the WWC or the Institute of Education Sciences may contact them to assist with review efforts.

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This page provides details on how WWC reviewers already certified under version 4.0 of the WWC Group Design standards can become recertified under version 4.1. The version 4.1 recertification process involves two steps. First, reviewers certified under version 4.0 should watch the recertification video below, to learn about the application of the most significant changes under version 4.1 standards and procedures.

After watching the video, reviewers should email the WWC Help Desk via Contact.WWC@ed.gov to receive a multiple-choice knowledge check question. Upon correctly answering the knowledge check question, reviewers’ certification will be updated to version 4.1. Reviewers will be given up to three opportunities to pass a knowledge check question to become certified under version 4.1.

For individuals who are not yet certified under version 4.0, there are two options:

Reviewers who have never been certified by the WWC, or have certification in version 3.0 or prior, should first become certified under version 4.0. Complete the version 4.0 online training modules and the version 4.0 certification exam first, then inform the Help Desk once you have obtained a passing score on the exam. After your certification in version 4.0 is confirmed, watch the version 4.1 recertification video and reconnect with the Help Desk to receive a knowledge check testing your comprehension of the version 4.1 updates. To become certified on version 4.1 you will need to successfully answer a knowledge check question.

Later in 2020, the online training modules and certification exam will be updated to align to version 4.1. Therefore, individuals who wish to become certified may also wait until the WWC releases the updated modules and exam. In this scenario, individuals may complete the version 4.1 online training modules and version 4.1 certification exam in order to become certified under version 4.1.

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