The Certification Program is delivered 100% through distance learning. It is not web-based and no travel is required for participation. The scenario and the learning materials are entirely self-contained. As a result, after the initial download, students are only required to have access to e-mail for communication with their coach. This format enables study from even the deepest of field environments and does not interrupt operations with time away from duty stations. The result is a program that effectively works with the realities and demands of humanitarian work.
On average, 50% of students and graduates participate in the program are currently residing in Africa, 20% in Asia and 20% in Europe. In total, students and graduates are in over 130 countries.
The isolation of distance learning can sometimes be a challenge. There are Facebook Groups for each of the courses, which is a place for students to meet, discuss course work and humanitarian operations, and cheer each other on. The group for CHL specifically has over 600 members.