Frequently Asked Questions

This is a color photograph of two seated students listening to instructor (standing) who is gesturing toward a historic paneled building piece.
Participants learned about preserving historic doors, floors, and trim from Fairmount Park Conservancy staff in December 2019 at the Ohio House in Philadelphia, PA.

What is your COVID-19 operating status?

We are offering a mix of in-person classes and workshops, pending public health status and Rutgers operations status. We value in-person, site-specific learning opportunities, and offering some workshops and classes online helps expand our accessibility to folks farther afield, those who are immunocompromised, and others who prefer online learning environments. Rutgers does not currently require mask usage indoors, but anyone is welcome to wear a mask if they would like, of course. Please see this web site for Rutgers COVID-19 updates. You may also wish to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Protection “COVID-19 by County” web site.

Who takes classes and workshops from the Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation?

Our participants come from a variety of backgrounds. Some work for large, government-owned historic sites; others volunteer at historic house museums. Some participants run their own preservation- or history-related consulting firms; others own old homes and are working on restoring or learning more about them. Some of our participants sit on local planning or preservation commissions in their municipalities; many just want to learn more about history, historic architecture, and historic preservation. This variety makes for lively, engaging learning environments in our classes and workshops!

Do I have to have a background in historic preservation to take a class or workshop?

No! Everyone is welcome. The variety of participants our classes and workshops attract makes them lively, fun, and informative.

Who teaches classes and workshops?

Our instructors are the region’s experts in the field of historic preservation. Most of our instructors are practicing professionals in the field. Their biographies are always included with course listings so you can learn more about them prior to registering.

Who funds the program?

The program is run out of the non-profit Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University-Camden. Overhead is provided by MARCH at Rutgers-Camden, and our partner, the New Jersey Trust for Historic Preservation, provides a subsidy to help support some of our costs (instructors, space, food, etc.). Occasionally, we partner with other organizations. You can learn about who is on our Advisory Committee here.

Is the Certificate program a degree program?

No, the continuing education certificate program is not a degree program. Continuing education is offered as noncredit, continuing education classes or workshops. That said, it can be used as professional development to supplement a participant’s work (paid or volunteer) in history, architecture, public history, museum work, planning, and more. All classes are offered on a pass/fail basis.

For more information about degree programs and careers in the public history field, broadly defined, take a look at Resources for Students provided by the National Council on Public History.

How do I register for a class or workshop?

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Option 2:

If you would like to read step-by-step registration instructions, please click here.

How do I register and pay for a class or workshop using a check or purchase order (PO)?

If you prefer to pay by check or PO, email with your name, the course(s) and/or workshop(s) you want to take, and your intention to pay by check or PO, and we will provide you with instructions for completing your registration. If you would like to follow- step-by-step registration instructions, please click here.

Do you have to pursue the certificate to take a class or workshop?

No, you do not. All participants are welcome to take classes or workshops they might find helpful or interesting without having to pursue the certificate from our continuing education program in historic preservation. If you want to learn more about pursuing the certificate, you may do so here.

Is there a cost to declaring I want to pursue the certificate in historic preservation?

No, there is no cost to declare pursuing the continuing education certificate in historic preservation. If you want to learn more about pursuing the certificate, you may do so here.

Does Rutgers provide students with a 1098-T Tax form if they take a continuing education historic preservation class?

Students in noncredit, continuing education classes like those we offer do not receive 1098-T tax forms from the University. Please consult a tax professional if you have additional tax questions.

If my class or workshop takes place at Rutgers University-Camden, how do I get there?

We offer courses online, and in-person courses and work take place both at the Rutgers University – Camden campus and off-campus at sites across New Jersey and in the greater Philadelphia area. However, if you need to see us in person to drop off a check at MARCH or to take a class, please see Rutgers University-Camden’s travel information for cars here (“scroll down to parking & transit FAQs”). Or, please see Rutgers-Camden’s travel information for public transportation. Our campus is conveniently located just ONE stop over from Philadelphia via PATCO and is accessible via NJ Transit’s RiverLine, which connects Trenton and Camden via stops along the Delaware River. Logistical instructions will be emailed if the class or workshop meets elsewhere.

Where can I park at Rutgers-Camden?

Option 1: 

  • You can usually find metered parking, particularly on 5th and 3rd streets near the University’s core. Meters accept payment via phone and credit card. You can find a map here.

Option 2: 

  • You can also drive into the Camden Technology Center Parking Garage and pay for parking there. The address is 622-698, Penn St, Camden, NJ 08102. (Note: This garage is not open on weekends.) 

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Travel – Other

What if I cannot travel in inclement weather?

Always stay safe! If you cannot make it to class due to snow, rain, etc., and the class or workshop is not already cancelled or rescheduled, simply notify your instructor. They will give you opportunities to make up the class. If you ever need to check the University’s operating status, reference this web site.

What is your attendance policy?

Participants risk losing the opportunity to earn CEUs if they miss more than two sessions of a ten-week class or one session of a five-week class. Instructors reserve the right to assign make-up assignments. Participants must attend the entirety of half-, one-, one and a half-, and two-day workshops to receive CEUs. Participants must pass the class or workshop for it to count toward the Certificate.

Are your classes and workshops graded?

All participants take classes and workshops on a credit/no credit basis.

Do you accept transfer credit for classes taken from other historic preservation continuing education programs?

If you would like the Program Advisory Committee to consider accepting transfer credit, please submit a letter with your request and official transcript recording the classes taken and grades received. The Committee will not accept credit for courses or workshops taken more than five years ago. The Committee meets twice a year and will consider such requests at that time. Acceptance of transfer credits is not guaranteed.

Why don’t you offer more classes or workshops where I live?

We are dedicated to serving the Mid-Atlantic region (NJ, NJ, PA, DE, MD, and Washington, D.C) to the best of our abilities and try to provide learning opportunities throughout the region. Most of our classes and workshops take place online or in the greater Philadelphia region and at Rutgers University – Camden since that is where the program is housed and based.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Courses (three or more class meetings): Students may cancel their registrations prior to the start of class for a full refund.  For withdrawals within the first two weeks of class, cancellations will be refunded 50 percent.  After the first two weeks, no refunds will be issued.
Workshops (two days or less): Cancellations are fully refundable up to one week prior to the start of the workshop. No other refunds will be issued.
In all cases, registrations are non-transferable to another person.

Do you permit participants to audit or sit-in on classes?

Free audits are not permissible. In another words, participants may not sit-in on a class or workshop at no cost.

May I get proof of participation/passing a class or workshop?

Yes! Please contact with your request.

Can you send me a list of classes and workshops I’ve taken and passed?

Yes! Please contact with your request.

How many reading groups may I count toward the Certificate?

Participants may not count more than two Reading Group CEUs (four reading groups total) toward the completion of a Certificate.

In addition to class or workshop registration, are there additional program costs?

Additional costs associated with classes or workshops might include but are not limited to: travel and parking or books and other supplies. Instructors do their best to minimize these costs, and we list them with class and workshops descriptions when we can. Let us know if you have questions about a specific class or workshop.

Who should I contact if I have a question or comment about the Program?

Please send comments or questions to

I have an accommodation request. Who should I contact?

Please send comments or questions to We strive to make our offerings as accessible as possible.