- Academic Credit Certificates
- Professional Development Certificates
- Agile Certificate
- Business Analysis Certificate
- Online Business Analysis Certificate
- Business Process Improvement Certificate
- Business Writing Certificate
- Communications Certificate
- Human Resource Generalist Certificate
- Management Practices Certificate
- Organization Development Certificate
- Professional Train-the-Trainer Certificate
- Project Management Certificate
- Supervision Certificate
Management Practices FAQ
What is a certificate program?
Professional development certificate programs offer a cluster of courses that provide knowledge and training in a specific competency. This enables you to learn current skills and information from experienced industry professionals to improve your job skills and advance your career to the next level. The knowledge and skills you gain can be used immediately in the workplace and offer you
- applied knowledge to help you stay current;
- information to help you be an effective manager and leader;
- preparation for a new field or career;
- skills that position you for advancement.
A certificate program can also
- introduce you to other professionals in the field;
- offer subject matter that can be completed in a relatively short period of time;
- give you skills that you can use immediately.
Completion of a certificate demonstrates
- commitment to master a specific body of knowledge or set of skills;
- a breadth and depth of skill and understanding that comes from planned learning;
- that you are committed to professional advancement.
How do I know which certificate program to take?
Each certificate program focuses on helping you develop core competencies at different stages of your career. Contact a Learner Representative at 612-624-4000 to discuss which certificate program would be appropriate for you.
How do I enroll in a certificate program?
Enrollment in a certificate program works the same as enrolling in a professional development course. Here's what you do:
- Call the Information Center at 612-624-4000 or visit the Certificates Web page.
- Select the certificate program in which you wish to enroll.
- Click on the "View Courses/Register Now" button.
- Scroll to the certificate enrollment listing.
- Follow the prompts on screen.
How long does it take to complete a certificate program?
Certificates can be completed in a relatively short time through day and/or evening classes, making them a good choice for working professionals. Certificate programs vary in length; however, many of them can be completed in six months to a year. Since you'll be taking classes when they fit into your schedule, the pursuit of a certificate could extend beyond one year or be completed within a few months.
Business and Technical Certificates:
36 contact hours (3 required courses, 2 elective)
Business Analysis Certificate
60 contact hours (5 required courses, 1 elective)
Business Process Improvement Certificate
48 contact hours (4 required courses)
Project Management Certificate
60 Contact hours (6 required courses, 3 elective)
Business Writing Certificate
30 contact hours (choose 5 courses)
60 contact hours (8 required courses, 2 elective)
Management and Supervision Certificates:
Management Practices Certificate
60 contact hours (4 required courses, 1-2 elective)
60 contact hours (5 required courses, 3 elective)
Human Resource Generalist and Specialist Certificates:
Human Resource Generalist Certificate
60 contact hours (9-10 courses)
Professional Train-The-Trainer Certificate
48 contact hours (5 courses)
Organization Development Certificate
48 contact hours (4 courses)
What is the Individual Discount Certificate?
This enrollment option allows you to register for all courses in a professional development certificate at one time at a discounted rate. You can register for this option by calling 612-624-4000.
Will I receive an actual "certificate"?
Yes. Upon completion of each course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Once you have completed all of the courses required for the certificate program, you will receive a formal certificate from the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education. You can also request that an official notification letter of completion be sent to an identified employer, supervisor, personnel manager, or association.
How do I get a transcript of the courses I've taken?
You can receive an unofficial transcript of the professional development courses you've taken via e-mail or postal mail. Contact the Information Center at 612-624-4000 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stop by 20 Ruttan on the St. Paul campus.
For an official University of Minnesota transcript, send a written request with a check for $5 made payable to the University of Minnesota
College of Continuing Education
20 Ruttan Hall
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Do I have to be enrolled in a certificate program to take one of the classes?
No. Some people may decide to focus their professional development on a particular course or may not be ready to enroll in a certificate program. If you decide to enroll at a later date, the courses you've taken may count toward your certificate.
Is there a fee to enroll in a certificate program?
There is no enrollment fee in these certificates.
How much does it cost to take a course?
Single-day courses (6 contact hours) are usually $395 or $445 depending on the topic; two-day courses (12 contact hours) are usually $750 or $850; and three-day courses (18 contact hours) are $995.
Is financial aid available?
College of Continuing Education grants and scholarships are available and can be applied to either credit or noncredit courses.
- Awards range from $500 to $2,200 and do NOT need to be repaid.
- Other methods of financial aid include loans, employer tuition benefits, federal education tax credits and deductions, credit card payment, and other resources if applicable to the course and to your individual situation (i.e., Veteran's Administration and National Guard benefits and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation funds).
- An additional resource available on our web site includes the Financial Resources Wizard, an interactive tool that identifies financial aid and other payment options that match your situation for both credit and noncredit courses and programs.
- Resources may include grants, scholarships, loans, employer tuition benefits, funding from government agencies, federal education tax credits and deductions, and the Minnesota College Savings Plan.
For more information on financial aid, to download an application, or to use the Financial Resources Wizard, visit the Financial Aid Web site.
Are discounts available?
The following are available discount options:
- Register for a complete certificate at one time and receive an additional discount from the total certificate fee (may vary depending on certificate program).
- Members of The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) receive a 10-percent discount on individual professional development courses.
- Buy a block of seats for your organization and save up to 35-percent with a "Volume Discount." Contact us at 612-625-4207 or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
- If you have been permanently laid off or terminated, you may be eligible for state funds to use towards continuing education through the State of Minnesota Dislocated Worker Program.
- U of M staff are eligible for a 50-percent discount on all noncredit professional development except Test Prep, ScrumMaster Certification, and the Successful Manager's Leadership program.
Note: Discounts cannot be combined.
If I am unemployed, how do I seek funding to take your courses?
All of our courses are approved as certified training programs by the Federal Workforce Investment Act. To learn more about finding the right course(s) to match your employment goals visit our Dislocated Worker web site.
When are courses offered?
Courses are offered at various times during day, evening, and online throughout the week.
Where are courses held?
Many courses are held at the easily accessible Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. A map and driving directions can be found on the conference center's Web site.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in the lot directly to the east of the Continuing Education and Conference Center (lot S104) on Buford Avenue. Specific details regarding parking information and directions will be included with your registration confirmation.
Are meals included in course fees?
Many all-day courses include a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Evening courses may include beverage service and optional dining services.
What is the course cancellation policy?
All College of Continuing Education courses must meet a minimum enrollment to be held. If we must cancel your course because of insufficient enrollment, you will receive a full refund. All refunds will be made to the original method of payment. If you are enrolled in the individual discount option and we must cancel your course because of insufficient enrollment, we will work with you to transfer you into the next upcoming course at no charge.
If you need to cancel, please notify us at least five working days before the beginning of the course to avoid a 10-percent processing fee. You may cancel a course registration by phone (612-624-4000), by fax (612-624-5359), by e-mail, or by writing to University of Minnesota, College of Continuing Education, Information Center, 20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.
No refunds will be granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the course.
Do you offer any customized plans or scheduling options?
Yes. We can conduct any of our existing certificate programs on-site, at your location. We can also work with you to tailor or develop an original course to best suit your organizational goals. In addition, certificate programs may be started on-site at your location as a group and then completed individually through open enrollment courses at the St. Paul campus. More information is available on our Customized Training Web site.
How are courses taught?
Our instructors blend lecture with class discussion and offer opportunities to practice what you're learning and discuss your goals and challenges through various activities. Most courses do not require homework or tests. Some courses may ask you to bring questions or case studies from your current job.
What type of credit is available?
A variety of professional credits are awarded for successfully completing the entire course.
Continuing Education Units (CEU)
The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measurement awarded to participants in a qualifying noncredit continuing education program. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours. Six-contact hour courses earn 0.6 CEUs.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Continuing professional education credits are frequently needed by accountants, finance professionals, and others. One CPE is awarded for every 50 minutes of instruction. Six-contact hour courses award 7.2 CPEs.
Professional Development Units (PDU)
These are required for certified project managers, business analysts, and others. One PDU is awarded for every hour of instruction. Six-contact hour courses earn six PDUs.
Profession Development Hours (PDH)
These are awarded to engineers, architects, surveyors, and related professionals. One PDH is awarded for every hour of instruction. Six-contact hour courses earn six PDHs.