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Staff Education and Development Certificate Programs

Read about certificate programs available to employees through Staff Education and Development.

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Supervision Certificate

Formerly Human Resource Management Certificate: This certificate program was developed in accordance with the University of California's Guidelines for Supervisors (PDF). It focuses on essential supervisory competencies such as leadership, communication, planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and performance management in a university setting. Supervisors can also complete a specialization in labor relations.

Enrollment eligibility: You are eligible if you are a supervisor or work leader who currently directs the work of one or more staff employees, whether or not your position is represented by a union. (Directing the work of student employees does not count toward eligibility for this course.) Departmental HR representatives are also eligible to attend.

Performance Management Certificate

Performance management is an ongoing process of communication between a supervisor and an employee that centers on setting expectations, objectives and goals; giving and receiving feedback based on conversation; coaching, engaging, and developing employees; and evaluating results. Performance management is conducted within the context of UC San Diego's strategic direction.

Completion of a Performance Management Certificate also fulfills the Performance Management Curriculum requirement of the Supervision Certificate (see above), as well as the Performance Management Curriculum requirement of the UC People Management Certificate.

Certificate Requirement:  

There are two options available to obtain the Performance Management Certificate:

Option 1:  Complete four instructor-led performance management workshops (approximately 12 hours):

Option 2:  Complete eight e-learning modules and two instructor-led workshops: (12 hours):

  • Request your certificate: After completing the courses, obtain your certificate by submitting a list of courses taken (with dates) to Staff Education and Development, Mail Code 0922 or via e-mail. A copy may be placed in your employee file as a permanent record of your attendance in staff development activities. You can review your training history at UC Learning Center  or Blink MyTraining.
  • Note: The certificate indicates that you have completed the program, and it may be useful documentation when you are applying for a job. As in all cases, decisions about reclassification and hiring are at the discretion of the appropriate authorities according to university policies and practices.

Work Leader Certificate

This certificate program can help you develop your ability to direct the work of others and prepare you for supervisory responsibilities appropriate to the work leader role. The program comprises 7 required courses and one elective course. It has no eligibility requirements.

Request your certificate: After completing the required coursework, request your certificate by sending a list of the courses you have taken (with dates of completion) to Staff Education and Development, Mail Code 0922 or via e-mail. A copy may be placed in your employee file as a permanent record of your attendance in staff development activities. You can review your training history at UC Learning Center or Blink MyTraining.

  • Note: The certificate indicates that you have completed the program, and it may be useful documentation when you are applying for a job. As in all cases, decisions about reclassification and hiring are at the discretion of the appropriate authorities according to university policies and practices.

Workplace Instructor Certificate

This certificate program (formerly known as the Training Certificate) can help you develop your ability to train others.

  • Request your certificate: After completing the courses, obtain your certificate by submitting a list of courses taken (with dates) to Staff Education and Development, Mail Code 0922 or via e-mail. A copy may be placed in your employee file as a permanent record of your attendance in staff development activities. You can review your training history at UC Learning Center  or Blink MyTraining.
    • Note: The certificate indicates that you have completed the program, and it may be useful documentation when you are applying for a job. As in all cases, decisions about reclassification and hiring are at the discretion of the appropriate authorities according to university policies and practices.

Department Safety Coordinator Certificate

The Department Safety Coordinator (DSC) Certificate improves workplace safety culture by exposing participants to a broad array of Environment, Health, and Safety courses. Participants develop essential safety leadership competencies such as facilitating, communicating, planning, goal setting, problem solving, and decision making.

UCSD SysAdmin Training Series

This 3-tiered program (tier 3 is not yet available) enhances employees' existing skills with formal training and development tailored for information technology professionals. Its goal is to ensure that employees who maintain the UCSD computing network receive vital tools and information while earning certificates of completion at specific milestones. View or print a brochure (PDF) listing series courses and their prerequisites.

  1. IT Essentials Certification (Level 1)
  2. Systems Administration Certification (Level 2)
    Note: Successful completion of Level 1 certification is required.
  • Request your certificate: After completing the required coursework, request your certificate by sending a list of the courses you have taken (with dates of completion) to Staff Education and Development at Mail Code 0922 or via e-mail. A copy may be placed in your employee file as a permanent record of your attendance in staff development activities. You can review your training history at UC Learning Center or Blink MyTraining.
    • Note: The certificate indicates that you have completed the program, and it may be useful documentation when you are applying for a job. As in all cases, decisions about reclassification and hiring are at the discretion of the appropriate authorities according to university policies and practices.

Academic Personnel Certificate Program

Academic Personnel Services offers a series of courses through Staff Education and Development to assist staff in developing their knowledge and skills in the following areas: academic personnel policies and processes, employee relations, the Payroll/Personnel System, and AP On-Line Recruit.

Staff who complete all required courses in the Basic Academic Personnel series will receive the Basic Academic Personnel Certificate. The Advanced Academic Personnel Certificate can be earned by completing all the Basic Academic Personnel Certificate courses and all the required Advanced courses.  The courses may also be taken individually by those who do not wish to obtain a certificate.

Staff who began the previous Academic Personnel Certificate format prior to September 1, 2017 may contact the Academic Personnel team for more information regarding their certificate status.

UC People Management Certificate

The UC People Management Certificate is for anyone who manages or supervises others and consists of core and elective courses covering the following competencies: Performance Management, Managing People, Administration and Operations, Change Management and Communications. This certificate program is also open to aspiring people managers, for which all core courses and most electives are options.

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