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® (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.

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.

Enrollment in this certificate program is limited to assessors, supervisors, and coordinators of the Wisconsin Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP). The certificate includes approximately 10.5 hours of self-study, a two-day in-person training, and a competency-based final exam.

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 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. We recommend taking the six courses in sequence, but you may also attend individual programs without working towards the certificate.