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School of Business and Management

Non-degree Certificates

NDNU's School of Business and Management offers professional workshops that bring information, skills training, and professional networking opportunities. These instructor-led learning workshops are designed to deepen professional knowledge and real-world expertise in a given subject. Certificate Programs deliver focused courses that are not for academic credit, but rather to earn a certificate of completion giving the participant knowledge for career entry or advancement. Because these courses are offered as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) they are not part of any lengthy degree, diploma, or other credential program. Taught by experienced practitioners, participants are able to acquire needed skills as well receive a certificate that documents their professional development and participation in continuing education activities for career entry or advancement.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are a nationally recognized means of recording non-credit study. Each Certificate Program will be held on the Notre Dame de Namur University campus. By attending all modules, you will receive all course materials and a Certificate. 1.0 CEU is awarded for each 10 hours of instruction. You will be awarded a certificate based upon your attendence. CEU courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis and may neither be applied to, nor substituted for, degree requirements. An official transcript is available from the Registrar's Office upon request.

Applied Leadership Certificate

This certificate program offered by the School of Business and Management uses an evidence-based approach to understand how to maximize leadership performance through the use of scientific, objective, data-driven approaches to decision-making regarding leadership techniques that lead to creating an agile organization that reinforces continuous improvement.

The program is taught over four Saturdays, a format that has been very successful for working individuals.

The program is designed for those who want to go beyond just theories of leadership and to instead look at applied approaches to managing employees based on research that shows managers how to fully engage employees. Program material can be applied in profit and non-profit settings.

Program areas include understanding how to:

  1. Use evidence-based management to increase the quality of management and employee decision-making
  2. Measure leadership efforts
  3. Capitalize on leadership/followership dynamic
  4. Lead in a manner that results in employees maximizing their efforts through the use of the technology of performance management, including in culturally and internationally diverse environments
  5. Create ongoing change programs through the use of continuous process improvement
  6. Create effective team environments
  7. Increase customer and client satisfaction through the use of TQM-based techniques that emphasize continuous improvement through ongoing employee development
  8. Create accurate and simple to use appraisal, development, and competency systems
  9. How to avoid the most common management mistakes and lawsuits
  10. Understand that what happens in a work environment does so because of what management causes to happen (often unintentionally)

You will earn 3.2 CEUs for four classes.

Courses will be held:

Spring 2014 Course: April 12 and 26 and May 10 and 17, 2014

Summer 2014 Course: June 21 and 28 and July 12 and 19, 2014

Each Saturday session runs 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Human Resource Management Certificate

This certificate program offered by the School of Business and Management addresses the “best practices” in this demanding field through an up-to-date evidence-based management approach to program development. The program is taught over four Saturdays with a one-week break in between classes, a format that has been very successful for working individuals. Students have the option of registering for an additional two-week session to receive an International Human Resource Management Certificate.

The program is designed for those looking at a career in HR, for managers who want to understand how to effectively manage their employees, and for senior managers who want to understand their HR responsibilities and how to create and monitor effective HR systems.

The program is designed to broaden your knowledge base, update you on vital information, and train you in key areas of human resource. Program content includes:

  • HR program development and responsibilities for HR professionals
  • Daily HR responsibilities for managers and senior managers that increase employee motivation while decreasing operational costs
  • Maximizing employee productivity, innovation and creativity with the technology of performance management and leadership, including gaining a basic understanding of total quality management, continuous improvement and Lean-Six Sigma
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution, including across cultures
  • Increasing employee motivation through the correct application of managing within the law
  • How to create customer demand by using a holistic marketing approach to employee management
  • Managing a diverse and international workforce
  • Managing virtual teams
  • How to use evidence-based management to increase critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Effectively using IT, including cloud computing, to help decrease costs and to increase customer and client satisfaction

Instructors have more than 20 years experience in creating and re-organizing HROD programs in for-profit and non-profit organizations. They have extensive teaching and course development experience in areas such as human resource management, organizational behavior, communication in organizations, diversity, recruitment and selection, labor relations, supervision, ethics in business, employment law, motivation and productivity, performance management, development of innovation and creativity in organizations, critical thinking and conflict management.

There are no prerequisites for this certificate course and you do not need to be a student at NDNU. You will earn 3.2 CEUs for four classes.

Courses will be held:

Summer 2014 Course: May 10, 17, 31 and June 7, 2014
Each Saturday session runs 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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International HR Management Certificate

Students also have the option of adding the International HR Management Certificate course. This program will provide an overview of international human resource management concepts and recent developments in the field, and will discuss identification and understanding of basic cultural concepts critical to managing performance and creating organizational efficiency. You will earn a total of 1.6 CEUs for the two-Saturday program. The price for the course is $420.

Courses will be held:

Spring 2014 International Certificate Course: March 15 and 22, 2014
Each Saturday session runs 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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For information contact: 650-508-3469