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Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs

At a glance

What: Classes, certificates, and conferences keeping your skills and credentials current, and your résumé standing out in an increasingly competitive environment

Who: Taught by highly qualified UW–Madison faculty, researchers, experts, and professional practitioners in each program area

Where/when: Throughout the year in Madison-area with face-to-face programs as well as many online classes

Questions? Email or call 608‑262‑1156, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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Polish your skills, enhance your career, achieve your professional goals

Lifelong learning through continuing education is a proven tool for keeping your skills current and achieving your professional goals in a constantly changing world. UW–Madison Continuing Studies professional development programs connect you with highly qualified, credentialed leaders in a wide range of fields who can help you get to where you want to be. We offer classes, certificates, national conferences, and consultations. All of our programs qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and many courses are approved for specific licensure renewal credits.

Behavioral Health

Workshops, certificates, and conferences addressing a range of behavioral health topics for psychologists, social workers, counselors, health educators, and other human services providers. Programs share up-to-date research and best practices; and provide relevant continuing education hours. Areas include Aging & Long-Term care, CHES, Diversity & Inclusivity, Ethics & Boundaries, Human Services, Life Coaching, Mediation & Conflict Resolution, and Mental Health.

Certified Public Manager® Program

Address the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession. Self-directed, group, and individual classes provide accreditation for federal, state, government, nonprofit, and tribal managers.

Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD)

Integrate strategies for excellence in online teaching and learning into the classroom. Extensive online certificates, conferences, workshops, and customized training bring strength to any online learning environment.

Leadership, Management, and Workplace Skills

Lead your team to remarkable results and successfully contribute to critical organizational goals. Conferences, certificates, customized training, and classes provide executives, supervisors, and managers with the skills to succeed.

Professional Coaching

Learn to guide, inspire, and empower others to reach their personal and career potential. Choose between two innovative coaching certificates that embody the core competencies of the International Coach Federation.