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Classes & certificates

Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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    The Manager's Role in Work Satisfaction and Engagement

    There are many myths about what managers can and should do to support employee work performance, satisfaction and engagement. Learn what decades of real-world management experience reveals about best practices and tools, plus gain insights on today's diverse and fast-moving environments.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Nov. 10–17, 2022
      $569; gov't/nonprofit $459
      Live online

    Data Analytics Bootcamp

    Offered through UW Extended Campus, this intensive 24-week online program is fast-paced and focused on the technical skills needed to solve data problems inspired by the real world. Throughout the course, you will gain proficiency in numerous in-demand technologies, including Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, Tableau, machine learning and more.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Nov. 14, 2022–May 3, 2023
      $11,995
      Interactive online

    Leading at a Distance: Managing Virtual Staff and Teams

    We're seeing more organizations with employees who work from home, live in other states and often live in other countries. "Lead from a distance" by understanding the challenges and best practices. Build trust, navigate conflict, make decisions and conduct engaging meetings with virtual staff.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Nov. 30, 2022–Dec. 1, 2022
      $415; gov't/nonprofit $315
      Live online

    Communication Skills for Challenging Conversations

    Handle difficult conversations at work and to listen and be assertive without weakening relationships. Better understand the complex nature of interpersonal communication and explore why misunderstanding is so normal. Apply the skills learned to conflict resolution and giving performance feedback.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Dec. 14–16, 2022
      Standard $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
      Live online

    Advanced Ethics and Boundaries

    The management of ethics, boundaries and confidentiality is especially critical for human service professionals. This workshop will address the unique issues encountered during the provision of social services and therapy. The emergence of technology and its complications will be addressed to highlight the changing trends in ethical practice in the 21st century.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Jan. 19, 2023
      $140
      Live online

    Basics of French Pronunciation

    Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
    Struggling with French pronunciation? Want to become more comfortable speaking French? This six-lesson online course contains clear explanations, practice exercises and sets of drills to help you understand and refine the fundamentals of French pronunciation with one-on-one feedback from your instructor. Enrollment is ongoing; you’ll have two months to complete the course. A great preparation or review! No prerequisite needed. Audiobook: "Secrets of French Pronunciation" by Camille Chevalier-Karfis. Please contact your instructor for purchase information.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Start Anytime
      $195
      Self-paced

    Create Your Own Music

    If you've ever wanted to compose your own music, this course is for you! Beginners: Complete six composition activities modeled after exercises assigned to great composers. Experienced composers: Stretch your ideas in new or already completed pieces. Prerequisite: basic music notation skills.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Start Anytime
      $255
      Self-paced

    How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

    This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Start Anytime
      $255
      Self-paced

    Project Management Applied Learning Review

    The purpose of this final step in the Project Management (PM) Certificate is to give learners an opportunity to individually discuss their personal goals for applying best practices and skills of project management, to review important aspects of managing projects, to ask questions to further their learning and to demonstrate that they have achieved at least a basic level of understanding of project management.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Start Anytime
      $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
      Live online

    Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Past Tenses

    Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
    One of the best ways to improve your spoken Spanish is by improving your writing. Learn to tell your story in a well-written narrative. A Spanish writing expert guides you through those tricky past tenses, gives you personalized feedback and helps you compose better sentences and paragraphs.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Start Anytime
      $209
      Self-paced

    Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Basics

    Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
    This refresher course has something for everyone. Brush up your Spanish writing by eliminating common errors while gaining better skills. Perfect the use of written accent marks, articles, gender, word order and tricky verb conjugations. Gain confidence by learning to proofread your own writing.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Start Anytime
      $209
      Self-paced

    Business Analysis Skills for Salesforce Administrators

    Salesforce Administrators are often challenged with going above and beyond CRM configuration.  Business users and stakeholders will rely on their Administrators to transform their business needs into tangible requirements and process improvement opportunities. In this course, experienced Salesforce Administrators will learn business analysis techniques they can apply to their current positions and improve their own performance, use the new skillset to transform their roles or pursue new career opportunities.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Communication Strategies for Women in the Workplace

    Being understood as intended is inherently complex because of the fundamental nature of human perception and the influence of almost any difference between sender and receiver, including gender. We explore practical communication strategies for women to help them navigate today’s dynamic workplace.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.

    Critical Thinking : Complex Problem Solving & Decision Making Without Being Critical

    You may know the moment:  Your team is discussing what to do about a difficult issue.  A solution has just been voiced with a tone of certainty and triumph but you somehow know it’s unworkable; a “bad idea.”  But you can’t say exactly what’s so bad about it. Your brain is tied in knots.  Although you’re able to stifle the impulse to say “that’s no good,” you’re not able to unpack the poor logic or impracticality of the solution.   This class will give you both the analysis and the communication tools to know what to do next. You’ll gain the applied skills of critical analysis, solution generation, risk assessment, behavior interpretation, communication, social influence, and decision making when issues are complex and there is disagreement about how to proceed. Both solutions and relationships are often at stake. Therefore in addition to learning methods for problem analysis and decision making, you will also gain an understanding of how to navigate difficult discussions when emotions and power differentials are impacting the dynamics.
    Upcoming Dates
    • Not scheduled at this time. See page for program description.