Search Coordinator Certificate Programme – Basic Level

SCCP basic level


Professionals involved in unrelated adult donor/cord blood unit search and selection are essential in the process to find the best donor for a patient. To standardise the level of expertise of staff performing searches and providing recommendations on graft selection, the WMDA has developed a global certificate programme. 

Who can participate?

The Search Coordinator Certificate Programme is primarily meant for search coordinators facilitating unrelated stem cell donor search. However, the course can also be valuable for people with other backgrounds working in the field of stem cell transplantation, like laboratory technicians, nurses, physicians, or people with other registry supporting functions.

The education programme

The Search Coordinator Certifacte Programme - Basic Level is a 9 month programme in English, consisting of academic e-learning lectures on scientific and practical topics relevant to search coordinators, followed by an exam and formal WMDA certificate.

  • 9 Month programme in English 
  • Web based audio lectures
  • Additional literature references
  • Possibility to ask questions
  • Final exam
  • WMDA certificate
  • 3-5 learning hours per module

The online WMDA Search Coordinator Certificate Programme Basic Level course consists of 9 modules. Each module is open for 3 weeks, has a 1 hour lecture accompanied by a hand out, a glossary and finishes with a multiple choice test. The speakers in the WMDA Search Coordinator Certificate Programme Basic Level are experts with many years of experience in research, clinical testing, patient care and knowledge of the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

After the basic level course you know more about:

  • Cells and Hematopoietic System
  • Medical Basics of Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Registries and Cord Blood Banks
  • The Donor Experience
  • Basic Concepts in Immunology
  • Basic Genetics of HLA
  • Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA)
  • HLA Matching
  • Search Strategy and Webtools for Search


After successfully completing all the modules and the final exam, you will receive a formal WMDA certificate. If you have successfully completed one or more specific modules you will receive an acknowledgment of participation for those specific modules.

The WMDA Search Coordinator Certificate Programme Basic Level is based on a 9‐months subscription for the total course, starting in October and finishing with an exam in June the following year or starting in January and finishing with an exam in November.

We also offer an accelerated version, starting in January and finishing in June.

For EBMT/ WMDA members/staff members of WMDA member registries:
Per module € 107
Total course € 637
For non‐members:
Per module € 215
Total course € 1,071

Prices are excluding VAT.

In the weeks prior to the start of the course an invoice will be send to all persons who have registered. This invoice has to be paid before the start of the course. If payment is not received by then, we cannot provide you access to the e-learning environment.

For your specific questions about the Search Coordinator Certificate Programme - Basic Level course you can contact the WMDA Office education ( ).

If you would like to have more information about the programme, please download the brochure. If you would like to register yourself for the course, please click on 'Register yourself' tab on this page.

You can find here the terms and conditions: WMDA Terms and Conditions

You can find here the supervisors form: Approval Supervisor for Search Coordinator Certificate Programme application

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