Certificate programs through Continuing Studies and UW-Madison
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.
UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers noncredit certificate programs for a variety of professions, including:
Distance Education: Build knowledge, skills, and leadership in distance/online education and training in a one-year, comprehensive program. The Distance Education Certificate Program has four core modules that provide a foundation in distance teaching and learning, technology, instructional design, and evaluation. You round out your studies by choosing from a wide range of electives that address webconferencing strategies, Web 2.0 applications, management, and more.
Online Teaching: The Professional Certificate in Online Teaching (PCOT) offers a foundation of key principles and best practices in online teaching. At your pace and on your own schedule, you'll develop the knowledge and skills for being a successful online instructor. You'll have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate what you've learned in a course planning project that uses your own course materials.
Substance Abuse Counseling: The Substance Abuse Certificate Program provides practical information and skills to help social workers, mental health providers, clergy, and other human service professionals make real differences in the lives of substance abusers. This program supplements your professional clinical training through a comprehensive series of six one-day courses. This program does not certify you to counsel alcohol and other drug abuse clients; but the hours earned can be applied to certification through the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Case Management & Long Term Care: The Case Management Certificate program is a continuing education training series for professionals in the field of aging and long-term care. This certificate program is being updated and revised to address the most current care management issues.
Mental Health & the Older Adult: This professional training program in mental health and aging prepares the professional to work more effectively with older adults experiencing mental distress. Learn the most current assessment and treatment methods. The Professional Certificate in Mental Health Care for the Older Adult is an advanced program is ideal for licensed practitioners and allied health professionals who work with older adults. Students must complete five required seminars and three elective seminars in addition to the Summer Institute, which is offered every even year.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The FASD Training of Trainers certificate program provides up-to-date, science based information on FASD, as well as the skills, strategies and materials for medical and allied health professionals, human services providers, families, communities, administrators, policy makers, and others need to become FASD trainers. This five-day program supplements other professional training, and does not certify a participant to provide substance abuse counseling and/or services to individuals affected by FASD.
Infant Mental Health: The Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Certificate Program is an intensive, interdisciplinary one-year continuing education program for professionals who work with children ages birth to six and their families. 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.
Intoxicated Driver Program-Approved Training: This is state-mandated training for all IDP assessors, supervisors, and coordinators. The certificate program includes a self-study component and a two-day in-person training session. The IDP-AT training covers key topics essential to IDP staff including substance abuse, counseling/interviewing strategies, Wisconsin's operating while intoxicated legislation, and Wisconsin's IDP program rules and regulations. The program also promotes participant competency to successfully complete a client IDP assessment and prepare client driver safety plans (DSP) for the IDP program. Program participation is limited to Wisconsin IDP assessors, supervisors, and coordinators or those preparing to become IDP staff. Please note that per administrative rule (DHS 62) each Wisconsin county has one and only one designated agency that provides all IDP assessments for the county—an IDP Assessor must work for or directly with an approved assessment agency in order to provide IDP assessments. For more information on this program, contact Kristi Obmascher at 608-262-8971, 608-261-1418, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified Public Manager: The Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program (CPM) is a nationally-accredited management development certificate program specifically for managers in federal, state and local government and in tribal and non-profit organizations. The program consists of three phases, totaling 300 instructional hours. This includes a total of 23 one-day, six-hour, face-to-face classes, and three multiple-day classes. Online classes are also available.
Public Works Supervisory Academy: The Public Works Supervisory Academy is a nine-class program that provides first- and second-line supervisors with the tools to be effective managers. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors provide up-to date information, as well as opportunities to practice skills and to problem solve with other participants.
Business Spanish: The noncredit Online Business Spanish Certificate Program offers a flexible learning opportunity for understanding business relationships in Latin America and Spain. This Spanish language course is focused on learning Spanish specifically in a business context, as well as using appropriate Spanish business etiquette. The program has two levels: Basic and Advanced. Work at your own pace and take up to a year to finish each course. Students can work independently or closely with the instructor.
The following University of Wisconsin-Madison departments also offer noncredit certificate programs
- Fundamentals of Management
- Applied Marketing
- Advanced Management and Leadership
- Business Acumen
- Product Management
- Project Management
- Purchasing & Supply Chain Management
- Sales Management
- Sales Professional
- Six Sigma Yellow Belt
- Six Sigma Green Belt
- Six Sigma Black Belt
- Supply Chain Leadership
- Technical Leadership
- Other Business CPD
- Maintenance Management
- Operations Management
- Commissioning Process
- Laser Welding
- Technical Leadership
- Disaster Management
- Polymer Engineering and Science
- Technical Japanese
- Johne's Disease Management
- Fish Health Management
- Applied Drug Development
Finally, Capstone Certificates are a focused collection of courses that, result in academic accomplishment in a given discipline or set of related disciplines. Capstone Certificate programs do not lead to the conferral of a degree, but are recorded on the student’s UW-Madison transcript. Applicants must have completed a minimum of baccalaureate degree or its equivalent; several certificates require a minimum of a master’s or other advanced degree to be eligible for admission.