Certificate Programs

UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers noncredit certificate programs for a variety of professions

UW-Madison Continuing Studies certificate programs can provide you with what you need to advance in the workplace, become an effective leader, or even begin a new career path. These interactive and engaging programs are taught by industry professionals and cover relevant and current topics.

At a glance

What: Certificate programs for professional development in a wide range of fields

Who: Taught by leading educators, clinicians, and subject-matter experts from UW-Madison and around the world

Certification: Programs meet multiple requirements and standards for continuing education, see individual certificate program for details

Questions? Contact info available on each certificate page; links below


Ongoing certificate programs
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The Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program® (CPM) is a nationally accredited management development program. CPM classes are developed to meet the highest standards. Gain cutting-edge knowledge and learn practical skills from experienced experts.

The program provides current, evidence-based information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), promotes strategies for effective FASD education, and shares awareness and education materials. Upon successful completion of all program requirements (including providing 2 evaluated FASD trainings) participants earn the FASD Trainer Certificate from UW-Madison.

The Care Management Certificate series is designed to provide insight and practical approaches for working with older adults who have mental illness. Review the basic tenets of care management and explore how to work more effectively as care managers. Learn about evidence-based screening tools for late-life mental disorders as well as the concept and practice of a strengths-based approach to care management. Other topics include the ethics of in-home care and care coordination and monitoring.

The Grief Support Specialist Certificate training program is designed to equip counselors, clergy, coaches, educators, and other healthcare personnel with necessary counseling tools focused upon assisting people in finding healing in the midst of loss, whether that loss be a death, a divorce, destruction due to drug abuse, or any other traumatic personal devastation. Registrants attend 5 day-long classes taught by experts skilled in various dimensions of grief therapy and, following the classes, produce a paper or special project.

The certificate program is designed with an appreciation of the strengths and contributions of all the professions that touch the lives of young children. The participants who complete this professional development program will gain an enhanced understanding of infant and early childhood mental health and new skills to support the social and emotional development and well-being of young children in the context of their family/caregiver relationships.

Enrollment in this certificate program is limited to assessors, supervisors, and coordinators of Wisconsin's intoxicated-driver program (IDP). The certificate includes approximately 15 hours of self-study, 3-day in-person training, and competency-based final exam. IDP staff who do not provide assessments can take the 1-day training and complete part 1 of the self-study but don't earn the IDP-AT certificate. Note: Certificate participants must meet the following training prerequisites: Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselor certification or 36 hours of relevant training.

Achieve your professional goals with maximum convenience and flexibility. Learn proven principles and practices in online course models, planning, and management, as well as the different roles of learners and instructors in the online space. Gain skills you’ll put to use immediately through content focused on best practices for success.

This Certificate provides state-of-the-art information and skills in geriatric mental health. Learn from leading experts about current research in cognitive decline. Gain practice-relevant skills to better treat late-life mental disorders. The Certificate includes the biannual Summer Institute, 3 elective seminars, and 5 required seminars: Late-Life Depression, Late-Life Anxiety, Late-Life Sleep Disorders, Managing Psychotropic Medications, and Common Geriatric Conditions and Mental Health. Seminars in the certificate series may also be taken individually.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based method of promoting behavioral change across a wide range of settings, problems, and populations. Choose a two-day introduction to MI, or the full five-day course leading to a Certificate of Completion in Advancing Practice in Motivational Interviewing.

Get the language skills and cultural knowledge you need to conduct business successfully in Spain and Latin America. Highly practical, this 2-course program will teach you to navigate cultural differences and to use professional language and register rarely taught in traditional Spanish courses but essential to effective negotiation in Spanish.

The Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE) will help you apply proven strategies to enhance your knowledge, skill, and credibility in teaching online. Key topics include contextual factors of online education; essential teaching and learning principles for online environments; effects of technology on education at a distance; and writing learning objectives, creating online activities, and designing online assessments. The certificate culminates in an ePortfolio in which you will demonstrate both your skills in planning online learning and your ability to articulate the rationale underlying your choices.

Do you want to help people change their lives? Do you enjoy guiding, inspiring, and empowering others? Are you seeking a way to independently achieve your goals? If you answered “yes” to those questions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Professional Life Coaching Certificate (PLCC) is designed for you. Through a 9-month series of face-to-face classes and teleconferences, you’ll become an expert at helping others see new perspectives, get unstuck, and find the courage to take bold action for change—all while enhancing your own self-awareness and achieving professional credentialing and certification as a life coach.

Part 1: Learn tools and techniques to be an effective project manager. Learn how to build commitment among stakeholders and identify the qualities your organization needs in order to support project management. Part 2: Practice project management through team-based activities related to actual or simulated projects. Experienced project managers share examples of successful project management in areas such as information technology, planning and development, or public health.

Examine in depth the core aspects of Servant Leadership, guided by skilled servant leaders. This new certificate program is open to aspiring servant-leaders including people in public-sector, nonprofit, human services, business, health care, religious, and other organizations. It includes five one-day modules: 1: Servant Leadership Foundations; 2: Artful Leadership through Self-Knowledge; 3: Building Community and Developing Others; 4: Stewardship of Organizational Resources; and 5: Servant Leadership Project: Recognition and Reflection. Module 1 is a prerequisite for other modules.

The Substance Abuse Certificate Program is a comprehensive series of six one-day courses that supplement your professional clinical training and strengthen your knowledge of all aspects of substance abuse issues and treatment. We recommend taking the six courses in sequence, but you may also attend individual programs without working towards the certificate.