PLEASE NOTE: We no longer have access to the Versal platform. All trustees should use the Niche Academy link below to access the Certification courses. If you need a password for Niche Academy or need to otherwise request access, please contact Matt Kirby.
The Tennessee Trustee Certification Program courses are hosted on Niche Academy. After using the link to the right to register for the program, you will be given access to the certification courses, which consist of 10 modules that can be completed at any time and in any order. Please contact us if you have any difficulty accessing your courses.
Modules for Trustee Certification have been divided into five areas of trustee responsibility, with two courses in each section. These include:
We're so glad that you're considering becoming a certified Tennessee library trustee. To become certified, you will complete a series of 10 modules over the course of a year. Once you have completed the certification process, you will be certified for a period of three years.
Locate the Registration box to the right. Use the links there to register online or download the printable brochure, fill out the registration form, and give it to your local Regional Director.
After you register, you'll receive an email that includes your password for Niche Academy, the online platform for our interactive courses. Use the list of courses to the left to navigate your way through our program, and use the provided password and your email address to log in to each course.
Niche Academy tracks which courses you have completed and those that you have remaining. We have a detailed view of this on the back end and keep track of trustee progress on a separate database, so just in case something goes wrong with Niche Academy's tracking, we have back up files to store our information.
See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for the answers to some common questions about the program.
Contact your Regional Director; you can find a list of Regional Directors, along with contact information, in the column to the right. For questions about the program or this LibGuide webpage, see our Who to Contact page. Or you can email the Program Contact, Matt Kirby, with questions about the Tennessee Trustee Certification Program.
The Tennessee Trustee Certification Program, “Lighting the Way for Your Library”, is a service of the Tennessee Regional Library System, Tennessee State Library & Archives. The Certification program was created by regional library personnel, scripted and recorded by the regional library directors, funded with regional system funding, and will be monitored and certified by regional personnel. At this time, only library board members (trustees) of the public and regional libraries in the Tennessee Regional Library System are qualified to participate
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