Certificate Requirements Email to a Friend In order to receive a certificate, you must successfully complete the requirements published at the beginning of the academic year in which you began taking courses toward the certificate. If your require a copy of these requirements, department co-ordinator. Generally, you are required to complete the certificate requirements within three years. However, that time frame may vary; check with the department co-ordinator about the requirements for your certificate. Occasionally, changes may occur that make the courses you require unavailable or available for only a limited time. In such cases, contact the department co-ordinator to discuss your options (including possible course substitutions).