Professional Development Programs Overview
Professional development programs are a great source to help you stay current and competitive in today's fast-paced work environment. These programs provide individuals or employers with essential information to provide the opportunity to keep abreast of changes, learn new skills, sharpen current skills or broaden knowledge to improve professional occupational skills with just a few classes.
Benefits for Individuals
Individuals can benefit greatly by taking professional development programs. They can meet the following goals:
- Achieve personal development objectives;
- Broaden their knowledge and learn new skills, and;
- Stay abreast of the rapidly changing professional environment
Benefits for Employers
It is very important for employers to help staff with professional and career development. By providing staff with professional development opportunities they can achieve the following:
- Continue to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, tools, resources, and opportunities to help staff member's productivity and success;
- Assist with staff members career development, and;
- Employers will benefit when employees have the ability to embrace and initiate new changes
Check out our professional development programs below!
Addictions Counselor Education Programs Certificate
The Online Addictions Counselor Education Program (ACEP) Certificate was created to make the successful Certificate in ACEP more accessible nationally and internationally. With the recent approval of licensure for addictions professionals, the UMass Boston ACEP program, available both online and on the UMass Boston campus, adds great value to those seeking licensure and those seeking continuing education hours to maintain licensure.
For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Addictions Counselor Education Programs Certificate.
Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management Certificate
This non-credit certificate program offers topics in the theory and practice of disaster preparedness, mitigation and post-disaster reconstruction. It also presents a unique opportunity for participants of various accreditations to develop not only an expertise in a variety of components of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, but also the broader skills associated with project and performance management that can be utilized in a wide array of faculties. The aim is to develop a national and international capacity to address the horrendous consequences of the various forms of disaster which millions of people face every year, everywhere.
For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management Certificate.
Organizing and Managing Senior Transportation Options Certificate
This non-credit online certificate program is appropriate for professionals in the field of aging services and transportation services interested in addressing senior transportation challenges and managing services that meet the mobility needs of an aging population. The certificate emphasizes specialized transportation services for senior passengers as well as public and community transportation services, but also identifies and discusses the needs of older adult passengers.
For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Organizing and Managing Senior Transportation Options Certificate.
Practical Project Management
Project management is an essential skill in today’s business world. Organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete projects within shorter time frames and with smaller budgets than in the past. Professionals need a workable method to ensure that their projects are profitable and aligned with the strategic goals of their organization. Practical Project Management provides professionals with the essential skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.
For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Practical Project Management.
Project Risk Management
The University of Massachusetts Boston's Project Risk Management is a self-paced, online course that covers the following 6 steps of project risk management, as prescribed by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®):
- Risk management planning
- Risk identification
- Qualitative risk analysis
- Quantitative risk analysis
- Risk response planning
- Risk control
For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Project Risk Management.
Vocational Technical Instructor Licensure Sequence
UMass Boston's Center for Technical Education offers this sequence of undergraduate competency-based courses to satisfy the 21-credit requirement of the Massachusetts Department of Education for vocational instructor licensure. These courses focus on how to design and deliver appropriate lesson plans, effectively communicate with a wide range of students in terms of age, developmental stage, social, and cultural backgrounds, and elicit, evaluate, and use classroom feedback.
For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Vocational Technical Instructor Licensure Sequence.