Registration Information

Center for Government Services (CGS) has temporarily suspended mail-in, fax, and in-person registrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person courses are scheduled during the fall, spring and summer semesters throughout the state. Announcements containing specific course information are available each semester and may be found under "Programs" on the Center’s website.

If you do not receive confirmation that you've been registered, please contact us ASAP. The course could be full, so do not wait until a day or two before the course. 


Online registrations (with credit card or e-check only) are currently accepted. Click on the “Register Now” button in the left column.

Purchase orders/vouchers and registration forms must be sent together and e-mailed to or the appropriate Program Assistant listed under each program. 

Before a student is officially enrolled in a course, payment must be authorized or secured, and the student must meet all prerequisites associated with the course. A student who has a delinquent account with CGS will not be permitted to enroll in any additional courses offered by the Center until the delinquency is resolved.

Online Courses

All registrations for online/distant learning courses must be received NO LATER than two business days before the class begins. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All course manuals and materials for online courses will be delivered electronically only.

In-person Courses

To ensure that course materials are available the first session of your in-person course, it is strongly recommended you register at least one week prior to the course start date.

Walk-ins are in-person registrations at the course location on the night of the first class. They are accepted only for in-person classes but not encouraged and will be assessed a $15 late registration fee. In addition, walk-in students must complete an “Agreement-to-Pay Form” and will be contacted by CGS immediately after the first class. Walk-ins must make full payment of all fees or provide a valid purchase order within five business days of the first class. Walk-ins already on financial hold will not be permitted to complete their registration unless the delinquency is resolved.

Online Course Expectations for Students

Rutgers CGS has made a decision to continue offering remote learning for CGS courses due to the COVID crisis for the Spring 2021 semester when this policy will go into effect.

Because of the ongoing requirements for social distancing, we determined that most courses this spring will have to rely on remote methods of instruction—delivered both synchronously (students must be present on-line at specified times) and asynchronously (students complete course work at any time during the length of the course).

Expectations for students participating in these remote learning courses are different than the expectations for students participating in face-to-face courses.

The universal elements of both face-to-face learning and on-line include:

  1. Proof of attendance at each session
  2. Acquisition of appropriate course materials
  3. Access and familiarity with course content delivered by the instructor
  4. Proof of competence related to the course materials and course content



SYNCHRONOUS CLASSES meet on specific Days of the Week and at Specific Times. A synchronous class meets live and remotely, with a specific Learning Management System, usually Canvas, Webex or Zoom. Students are required to be logged-in and in virtual attendance during the entire specified class time. This on-line synchronous format emulates the face-to-face classroom experience and all students will be meeting together with the instructor at the designated times.

Additionally, it is expected that instructors will be taking periodic attendance during a synchronous class session to address situations where a student’s camera may be off or inoperable. Students are strongly encouraged to test their equipment before a class begins to ensure that all equipment is in working order.

When ASYNCHRONOUS REMOTE classes are offered, students will log-in at a time of their choosing and their attendance will be recorded automatically. This format, provides flexibility for students who have difficulty being logged in at a particular time for remote learning. These courses ARE NOT self-paced; there is a weekly schedule of assignments and work submissions beginning the first week of classes and opportunities for live, remote interaction.



While the universal elements of learning are the same, there are critical differences between face-to-face learning and on-line learning. As a result, there are some special expectations for remote learning courses. The differences are primarily related to mandatory access to a computer for a student which contains a speaker, a microphone and a camera.. Cameras are also required and students must be able to turn the camera on upon the instructor’s request.

Your instructor may provide more information regarding your specific course. Students experiencing technical challenges with their equipment are expected to discuss these issues with their instructor.

The speaker, camera and microphone enable the student to see the course content/materials as displayed by the instructor; moreover, they allow the student to participate in class discussions. All of these elements are critical to a student’s participation in a course.

Students cannot attend a course using a dial-in number only. Students can, however, dial into the course and use their phone as speaker and microphone in addition to using their computer. It is strongly recommended that students check that their equipment is working before class.

Students who cannot satisfy these expectations should not enroll in this type of course if the requirements above cannot be satisfied.

Course Fees and Payment

Payment for a student’s participation in a course can be obtained by using any of the following three methods:

  1. Credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or e-check) available only through online registration
  2. Check or money order payment by mail 
  3. Authorized voucher or purchase order

Course fees vary by program area due to hours of instructional time and the cost of study materials. Upon receipt of a completed registration form accompanied by payment or a purchase order, a class space is reserved for the student. Confirmation letters regarding registration will be sent electronically.


If financing is needed, Sallie Mae and the Rutgers Federal Credit Union offer loan options for education.

Veterans Administration Approved Classroom Programs

The following programs have been approved by the State Approving Agency and Veterans Administration:

  • Certified Public Works Manager
  • NJ Education Facility Management
  • School Transportation Supervisors
  • Municipal Clerk Program
  • Tax Collection Program

Contact Veterans' Support at 848-932-8387 for additional information.

Late Fees

Students are required to register for in-person classes at least one week before the date of the first class. Any student who attempts to register on (or after) the day of the first class will be considered a late registrant and will be assessed a $15 late fee for the processing of the registration.

Returned Check Fee Policy

There is a $25 fee for all checks that are returned to CGS. Failure to pay the fee will prevent future course registrations and the withholding of the course certificate.


All requests to change registration status, either by withdrawal or transfer must be submitted in writing at least two business days before the course start date and will incur a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals will be refunded, minus the $25 fee. Failure to notify CGS within the time frame will result in forfeiture of all fees.

Course Cancellation Policy

The Center reserves the right to cancel any course or class. CGS will notify all students enrolled in a course that has been canceled and the information will be posted on the CGS website. Students will be given the choice of receiving a full refund for the course canceled by CGS or exercising the option to enroll in the same or another course in this or the following semester. In the event there is a difference in course fees between the course that was canceled and the alternate course, an adjustment will be made. A student may not select an alternative course that has a prerequisite if the prerequisite has not been met.

Education Credit

Selected courses in the CGS program qualify for continuing education credit toward renewal of certain professional licenses and academic credit. Program pages on the CGS website list the specific courses where continuing education credit is available.

CPE Continuing Education Credit

Selected courses in the CGS program are approved by the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy for CPE credit under Rutgers University sponsor #703.


Certificates are mailed to students after successful completion of the course, which is defined as 80% attendance of total course hours, a passing grade (if an examination is required) and full payment of all fees. A permanent record of courses taken is maintained by the Center.

Special Needs Students

Students with special needs are encouraged to contact CGS so that appropriate accommodations may be made.