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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.

 

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Ongoing certificate programs

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Behavioral Health

Grief Support Specialist Certificate Program — In Person

  • 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.

Grief Support Specialist Certificate Program — Online

  • Our first-of-its-kind Grief Support Specialist Certificate training program, offered online.

Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate Series

  • 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.

Languages

Online Business Spanish Certificate

  • 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.

Leadership

Certified Public Manager® Program

  • 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.

Human Resource Management Certificate

  • Human resources offers dynamic and rewarding career opportunities. Complete this comprehensive certificate to develop the skills and competencies for a professional career in human resources. Taught by HR executives and business leaders, learners gain HR knowledge through practical, applied, and theoretical lessons. Become a trusted HR generalist and business advisor and earn your seven-module certificate in as little as nine months.

Mid-level Management Certificate (MLMC)

  • 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.

Professional Trainer’s Certificate

  • 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.

Project Management 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.

Servant Leadership Certificate

  • 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.

Professional Coaching

Professional Life Coaching Certificate

  • 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.

Workplace Coaching Certificate

  • 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

Intoxicated Driver Program: Approved Training Certificate

  • 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.

Motivational Interviewing Certificate Program

  • 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.


Teaching Online

Creating Presence in Online Courses

  • Creating a sense of instructor presence is crucial for fostering learner engagement and community in an online learning environment. This four week mini-course approaches online presence in a multi-dimensional way from the perspectives of both instructor and student.

Fundamentals of Online Teaching (FoOT)

  • 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.

Fundamentals of Online Teaching (FoOT) for Healthcare Professionals

  • This foundational certificate is designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals who are new to online education or who are thinking about teaching online, either now or in the future. You’ll become acquainted with essential concepts, tools, and strategies that enable you to teach more effectively in an online environment.

Professional Certificate in Online Education

  • 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.

 

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