Certified Student Leader

Fall Enrollment Opening Soon!

Program Description

The Certified Student Leader (CSL) program is a co-curricular certification available to students at Florida Atlantic University interested in enhancing their knowledge, application, and skills through a variety of leadership and service opportunities. These opportunities, events, and programs aim to help students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, collaboration, professionalism, ethics, and oral written communications.

The CSL program must be completed within the timeframe below:

Students who enroll in the program from  September 1st, 2022 - to October 1, 2022, will have until May 1, 2023, to complete all requirements.

Students who enroll from  January 1, 2023, to February 1, 2023, will have until July 31, 2023, to complete all requirements.


How to Apply:

To participate in the program, you must first fill out an enrollment application. The application can be found at  https://fau.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/545806

Once your application is approved you will then receive a confirmation email to join us for a workshop that will detail program requirements, focus on helping to define your “WHY” statement as a leader, and create leadership goals you would like to obtain through this program. The new member workshop will be sent out in early August.

All enrolled participants will be invited to enroll on the CSL Canvas site. Canvas will allow students to submit data, documents, and support for their completed programs.


CSL Program Requirements

The following information will detail the requirements that need to be completed for the CSL Program. Flexibility is built into this program, by allowing students to pick events, internships, or service opportunities that align with each competency.

In total, throughout the academic year, students must attend eight programs (one within each NACE competency) and meet a minimum of two times with their CSL adviser/mentor. At the conclusion of the year, during the End of the Year Celebration, students will share or display a poster presentation of their journey within the program.


Program Competency Areas

As noted above, students must attend one program, service opportunity, activity, or conference within or outside of the university. Your CSL mentor can help you select and find programs that relate to your goals as a leader. Once you have attended a program similar go into the canvas and submit a brief reflection about the event, program, service activity, or conference.

  • Self-Development
    Attend one program that develops oneself through continual personal awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, internship, or networking to build relationships within and without one's organization.
  • Communication
    Attend one program or hold a leadership position that allows or teaches you to effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with people inside and outside of an organization.
  • Critical Thinking
    Attend one program that allows students to identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  • Equity & Inclusion
    Attend one program that allows students to learn or demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.
  • Leadership
    Attend one program that allows students to learn or recognize and capitalize on personal or team strengths to achieve their or an organizational goal.
  • Professionalism
    Attend one program that encourages the understanding of knowledge work environments, positive personal brand, or relates to building your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn.
  • Teamwork
    Attend one program that expands your knowledge or be involved within an organization, or external group that enables students to build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
  • Technology
    Attend one program or exemplify an understanding and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.


Successful Completion/Transcript Notation:

Students that have successfully completed the CSL program will receive a notation on their FAU transcript stating, “Certified Student Leader.” This notation will be placed at the end of each semester by the LEAD Staff.


Meeting / Check-In Dates:

  • September 29, 2022 - 3:00pm
  • October 27, 2022 - 3:00pm
  • November 17, 2022 - 3:00pm
  • January 26, 2023 - 3:00pm
  • February 23, 2023 - 3:00pm
  • March 30, 2023 - 3:00pm
  • April 27, 2023 - 3:00pm


Let's Chat! (for currently enrolled students)

Office of LEAD will offer “CSL Office Hour” on the Boca Raton Campus, starting in September for enrolled CSL students. Feel free to set up an appointment or stop by the LEAD Office, located in Student Union 220.

To set up an appointment email  rfellinger@fau.edu.  *If you are an enrolled CSL student on a partner campus (Broward or Jupiter), please connect with your partner campus liaison for more info.