Professional Development

Elite People Manager Certificate


The USF St. Petersburg classes are offered in partnership with the USF Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership.

The leaders of most successful companies know that people managers are the key to their success. Good people managers know how to foster employee engagement and retention. Great people managers are skilled in supporting each individual that they manage in order to achieve their goals as an organization. USF trained Elite People Managers are equipped to take ordinary performing teams and turn them into extraordinary, super teams who exceed company and customer expectations.

Marcus Buckingham famously says "people don't leave companies they leave managers". HR Professionals Magazine says "front-line managers can have the single largest impact on your organization. A good (or bad) manager affects employee performance and satisfaction, productivity, efficiency, turnover, and the overall health of any organization." A recent Gallup poll even estimated that every year disengaged employees cost the US Economy $370 Billion and the driver of that lost productivity is poor management or supervision.

Even with all that is written on this subject most new managers or supervisors receive very little to no people management training. If this is you or your company, you are not alone. Most companies or individuals make the mistake of only investing in training that focuses on the tribal, systems, or process knowledge that makes up the technical skills needed to function in their world and ignore the importance of investing in training their people managers.

Make the investment now by enrolling yourself or your management team into USF's Elite People Manager Certificate program.

Choose from a variety of courses designed to help you strengthen all facets of your people management skills. Learn the tools and techniques needed to successfully manage a diverse workforce in a rapidly changing, competitive, and complex world.

Course Structure
Our Elite People Manager Certificate program consists of 4 or 5 courses depending on your program track and can be completed in as little as 2 months.

One important feature that sets our program apart is that our courses are exclusively taught by industry experts and veterans who live what they teach and preach on a daily basis. Our instructors offer high quality instruction and tools that are vital to success in the real world. Our on-campus courses are typically held two evenings a week beginning at 6:00 pm (or 6:30 pm) or on Saturdays to accommodate working professionals.

Additionally, our program can be delivered at your company if you have a cohort interested in on-site training.

Who Should Attend?

  • People managers/supervisors of all levels
  • Aspiring people managers
  • Individuals who are looking for a career accelerator or who want to reap the rewards of being a trained people manager

Important Note:
Please note that we are in the process of revamping the Elite People Manager Certificate.
If you wish to be notified when the revamped program has been made available, please email us here:

Cost of Attendance: $495 per 6-hour course 
Effective Monday, July 2, 2018 new registrations include a parking permit in the cost of attendance. Please review your registration receipt for additional information.

USF Alumni, USF Faculty & Staff, USF Faculty & Staff Family Members, USF Students and Veterans are eligible to receive 10 percent discount on CTPE courses. How to Receive the Discount.

What You Will Earn
For each course you will earn continuing education contact hours/CEUs or SHRM Recertification credits and you will receive a letter of completion upon request, which may apply for professional development credit. Upon successfully completing this program, you will receive a Digital Badge (a digital version of your earned credentials Learn More). A certificate from the USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education will also be issued upon request.

Upcoming Sessions by Start Date

Please note that we are in the process of revamping the Elite People Manager Certificate.
If you wish to be notified when the revamped program has been made available, please email us here: