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University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)

The University Teaching Qualification (UTQ or in Dutch, BKO) is a proof of pedagogic competence for teachers in academic education. All employees who teach courses at the University of Groningen are required to obtain this qualification. As it is a national requirement, lecturers with the UTQ certificate are considered to be qualified for academic teaching by fourteen Dutch research universities.

The UTQ certification enhances and assures the quality of academic education by focusing on four main 'competencies' of teaching:

  1. Design and redesign of courses
  2. Teaching and supervising students
  3. Testing and assessment
  4. Evaluation

Steps of the UTQ

Step 1 - Register for a UTQ intake meeting

It is important to first register for the UTQ (except FSE and UMCG) via the button below. After registering, you'll receive a UTQ intake form, which contains questions about your educational experience in Higher Education and if you've joined other didactical training or qualification programmes. 

After sending us the intake form, you will be invited for a UTQ intake meeting with one of the university 'Teaching Coaches' within 2-4 weeks. During this meeting, the 'Teaching Coach' will explain more about your personal UTQ trajectory. 

Exceptions Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Medical Sciences
If you are employed at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please contact Ferdinand van der Graaf (fse-utq to register for FSE’s UTQ process, rather than using the registration link below.

If you are employed at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, please contact the Institute of Medical Education (, before using the registration link below.

Step 2 - Choose a date for the UTQ Kick-off session

Each two months, there is an online UTQ kick-off session (1,5 hours). During this session, you'll meet other teachers who are starting their UTQ trajectory and we'll discuss the elementary principles of the UTQ programme. Furthermore, you'll work on your personal UTQ Action Plan and get feedback from peers. Please register for one of the dates below. 

  • Thursday 25 August 2022 (3.00 - 4.30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday 25 October 2022 (3.00 - 4.30 p.m.)
  • Thursday 15 December 2022 (3.00 - 4.30 p.m.) 

Step 3 - Enroll in the UTQ modules

After the UTQ Kick-off session, you'll start with the different UTQ modules. Do not forget to register in time for the UTQ modules (after the intake)!

Each UTQ module consists of 2 half-day workshops and reflective UTQ assignments. Starting in academic year 2022-2023, the first workshop is an online meeting (half-day) and the second workshop is on-site, including a lunch. All materials are on Brightspace, the Learning Management System of the UG. 

Step 4 - Final Meeting 

Throughout the program, your individual Action Plan and reflective assignments from the modules (such as teaching observations, student evaluations, etc) will be collected in Brightspace. Concluding your UTQ trajectory, you will have a mandatory final meeting with your Teaching Coach and, if possible, your Line Manager. During this meeting, you will present what you have learning during the UTQ trajectory and how it influences your Teaching Philosophy. 

Step 5 - UTQ Ceremony

After the Final Meeting, you are done with the UTQ and will receive a certificate at one of our festive bi-annual ceremonies. 

Questions about the UTQ? Please contact Staff Development (

Target group University teachers at the University of Groningen
Study load 120-160 hours. The actual study load is variable, depending on your level of expertise at the beginning of the programme. 
Duration Minimum of 6 months and preferably within 2 years. You can complete the UTQ programme at your own pace. 

Course fee

The UTQ programme is free of charge, if you are a teacher at the University of Groningen and are contrually obliged to obtain the UTQ.

If you are not a teacher at the University of Groningen, the course fee (full programme) is 2700 EUR. 

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