At the end of the PhD trajectory, when the PhD candidate is about to or has just submitted his/her PhD thesis to the reading committee, the PhD candidate requests a Training and Education Certificate from the Graduate School. The Training and Education Certificate expresses that the PhD candidate has fulfilled the PE&RC Training and Education criteria and is thus:
To obtain the Training and Education Certificate, the PhD candidate has to fill in the Training and Education Statement Form (TESF). In the TESF, the PhD candidate lists all training and education activities performed in relation to his/her PhD trajectory. The various training and education categories and their criteria in the TESF are the same in the TSP. For those who started their PhD before 1 May 2015, the latest version of the TESF form can be found here, while for those who started their PhD after 1 May 2015, the latest version of the TESF form can be found here.
We recommend that the TESF is submitted simultaneously with the submission of the PhD thesis to the reading committee. Before submitting the final signed version for approval, the PhD candidate is advised to send a draft version to Claudius van de Vijver, who will check whether all requirements are met and whether any adjustments need to be made still. Once the TESF is checked and informally approved by Claudius, the PhD candidate must:
Subsequently, PE&RC Office will send the TESF to the chairman of the PE&RC Education Committee for approval. Once signed by the chairman of the PE&RC Education Committee, the certificate will be created by PE&RC office. PhD candidates that defend their thesis at Wageningen University will receive the official hard copy certificate immediately after the public defence of the thesis in the Aula (together with the degree). PhD candidates that defend their thesis elsewhere, will receive the official hard copy certificate by regular mail or they can come and collect it at PE&RC office soon after the defence. All PE&RC PhD candidates will also receive a digital overview of the training and education activities, to be included in the printed version of the PhD thesis. Note that after submission of the signed TESF, the procedure of approval can take up to 3 weeks.