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.
Ongoing certificate programs
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Professionals caring for persons living in mid-to-late stage dementia require knowledge and skills that address the complexity of medical and psychosocial care. This certificate provides a deeper examination of treatment and management options designed to improve patient and client safety as well as medical and psychosocial outcomes that reinforce personhood for persons with mid-to-late stages of dementia.
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.
Our first-of-its-kind Grief Support Specialist Certificate training program, offered online.
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 Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program is a 300-hour nationally accredited management development program that prepares managers in federal, state, and local government and in tribal and non-profit organizations for the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession. The program includes classroom instruction with practical application via written projects and group work. You may get certified with a self-directed, open-enrollment program or with a cohort group, or take individual classes if your end goal isn’t certification.
This new multi-program certificate will equip mid-level functional and technical managers with deeper knowledge and effective tools to lead within their immediate area of responsibility and impact the success of their wider organization.
Topics include: adult learning principles; needs assessment; curriculum design, development, and delivery; and training and teaching techniques. Learners are required to present and facilitate a learning activity to complete the certificate.
Learn tools and techniques to be an effective project manager, and how to build commitment among stakeholders and identify the qualities your organization needs in order to support project management. 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 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 all other modules. Modules 1-4 are required prior to Module 5.
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 UW Certified Professional Coach Certificate (formerly the PLCC) is designed for you. Through a 10-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.
Do you want to help employees work more effectively, foster better workplace communication and collaboration, and create a culture of connectedness? Develop coaching skills in a highly interactive environment.
Substance Use Disorders
The Substance Use Disorders 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. Taking the six courses in sequence is recommended, but you may also attend individual programs without working towards the certificate.
DT&L offers a variety of courses that are focused on single skills, each requiring about 6 hours of total effort. DT&L also offers 3-course badges, as well as 3-badge and 6-badge certificates that strengthen your skills in broader knowledge and practice areas.
Gain a basic overview of the knowledge and skills you need to teach in the online environment. Key topics include online course models, characteristics of online learners, understanding your role as an online instructor, how to plan content and learning activities, and strategies to manage courses.
As colleges and universities continue to expand their online courses and degree programs, the management and administration of these offerings becomes essential. In this certificate program, you will learn how to create a campus culture of acceptance of online learning and become more strategic with distance learning initiatives, including developing effective policies and procedures. You will also explore strategies for improving the quality of online programs as well as student support services.
Expand your online teaching knowledge and skills with this 16-week program. Learn proven strategies for designing effective and engaging online courses, culminating in a professional ePortfolio project that demonstrates your online course development and delivery skills. Appropriate for faculty and instructors with some online teaching experience.
Get the foundational knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to write successfully and to write well. Regardless of your motivations for writing or your goals for publishing, striving for excellence means learning to write well.