Corporate Training & Professional Education

Guidelines for Establishing Non-Credit Programming

The Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education (CTPE) is a unit within the Office of University Community Partnerships (UCP). Its primary focus is non-credit programming.

CTPE offers infrastructure support for participant registration, learning system management, and digital badging for non-credit programming; this includes guidance on how to comply with University and state guidelines. These services are offered at a cost, and on a per enrollment basis.

If you are interested in discussing potential non-credit programs, please contact:

Kevin Hitt, Project Manager

Important Aspects of Non-Credit Programs per USF Academic Affairs:

  • Per BOG Regulation 8.002 (1a), and as designated by the Provost, CTPE is responsible for non-credit program oversight, and for BOG and SACSCOC reporting obligations associated with continuing education and non-credit activity.

  • The University is required to file an annual report of all non-credit activity. To comply with this reporting requirement, all non-credit programs must register with (and supply an annual report to) the Office of the Corporate Training and Professional Education (CTPE).

  • If you plan to offer a non-credit program, you must comply with BOG Regulation 8.002, SACSCOC guidelines and USF Academic Affairs guidelines:
    1. You must notify or coordinate with CTPE regarding any non-credit programming in which you plan to offer a certificate, certification or CEU’s.

    2. You must use the official USF system of record for registering and recording participants in these programs, which is the CTPE Registration Services portal.

    3. All CEU’s associated with these programs must be issued by CTPE on behalf of the University.

    4. All non-credit programming reviewers and approvers must have a PhD, other advanced degree, or credentials in the specific subject area of the proposal, and must have a defined set of objectives. 

    5. When considering entering into a contract with a third-party provider of non-credit content, instruction or services where you will be issuing certificates or certifications, the contract must be reviewed by the Vice President of UCP and USF General Counsel, and you must be granted approval to move forward. Proposals must avoid creating exclusive agreements that would prevent other areas of the university from engaging in similar non-credit programming, or preventing exclusivity being granted to one party or one college for non-credit programming . If you already have general agreements in place, any new non-credit programming must be approved by CTPE.
  • To expedite and encourage speed to market, simplified MOUs are used for this process. Approval is required by a departmental finance representative

Starting your usf Non-Credit Program:

To determine if your non-credit program is eligible for assistance, please complete this intake form: Upon completion, you will be contacted by Kevin Hitt ( within 72 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be viewed here. 

Course Development Services

Non-credit course development services are offered through CTPE’s relationship with USF Innovative Education (InEd). These services are offered at cost. To learn more about non-credit course development services, please contact:

Kevin Hitt, Project Manager