Resource Management & Development

Professional Development

USF encourages a continual cycle of personal assessment, identification of goals, planning, and improving knowledge/skills to help employees reach their highest potential. From certificate courses and formal trainings to cross-training and mentoring, the university offers many valuable professional and career development opportunities for employees.

Student Success Professional Development Committee                                                            Please contact the committee chair for information on upcoming experiences.              

Lesa Shouse, Chair

Expand the following sections for more information.

Human Resources

Training and Workshops

  • Free classes designed to enhance professional skills
  • Enrollment through Employee Self Service in GEMS
  • Instructor-led and online courses 
  • For more information, click here.

Leadership Development

  • Online Leadership Courses
    • One-hour courses include New Manager Foundations, Delegating Tasks, Leading Projects, Leadership Foundations, Influencing Others, Having Difficult Conversations
  • Leadership Enrichment
    • Interactive, cohort-based program that provides USF mid-level leaders with the opportunity to expand self-awareness of effective leadership skills and style
    • Department cost is $570
  • For more information, click here.

Professional Development Certificates

  • Four different certificate programs available: Effective Communication, Conflict Management, Problem Solving, Employee Motivation (both a supervisor and an employee track)
  • Each program consists of 5-7 courses
  • Content is free and available through LinkedIn Learning
  • Program participants must complete a series within one year in order to receive credit in GEMS and a certificate of completion
  • For more information, click here.

Live Webinars

  • Free to USF employees, topics are designed to inspire, challenge and strengthen employees’ growth and development
  • Upcoming webinars include Challenge of Change, Goal Planning and Top 8 Ways to Build Trust on Your Team
  • Enrollment through Employee Self Service in GEMS
  • For more information, click here.

USF Training & certification

University Controller’s Office

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

  • Trainings on fire safety, occupational safety and cart/utility vehicle safety
  • No cost courses in classroom and/or online formats on a scheduled or upon request basis; enrollment through Employee Self Service in GEMS
  • For more information, click here.

Continuing education

Employee Tuition Program

  • Employees are encouraged to pursue continuous learning, including taking USF courses
  • ETP allows full-time USF employees (excluding Temporary employees) to waive tuition costs of up to 6 credit hours per semester
  • USF credit-earning courses only
  • Excludes all Performance, Practicum, Continuing Education, Cooperative Education, Correspondence Courses, Life-long Learning, Directed Individual Study or Research, Internships, Program for Adult Credit Education (PACE), non-credit earning courses, auditing of a course
  • For more information, click here.

Graduate Certificates

  • Non-degree programs designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is less extensive than a degree program
  • Programs and qualifications vary
  • Cost to attend varies depending upon the certificate, residency status and whether taking courses online or on-campus
  • Undergraduate certificates also offered through individual USF colleges
  • For more information, click here.

Continuing Education Programs ($)

  • Programs in business, HR management, corporate training, improvement processes, project management and coding
  • Courses offered online and on-campus
  • For more information, click here.

Corporate Training and Professional Education Courses

  • Non-credit courses for those seeking to advance their career or explore new interests
  • Costs vary depending upon course. Financial resources are available
  • For more information, click here.

Muma College of Business Executive Education Certificates ($)

  • Topics include: Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Financial Technologies, and Post-Crisis Leadership
  • For more information, please click here.


Additional resources

Testing Services

  • Test preparation courses to assist with undergraduate and graduate college entrance exams or certification preparation programs
  • For more information, click here.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

  • Non-credit education programs and groups for students aged 50+
  • Program costs vary
  • For more information, click here.

Please submit opportunities here.

Be on the lookout for more information via the USF Student Success Weekly Update.