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Certificate Programs

As the Talent Management team takes on re-designing Penn State’s Supervision certificate programs, we are following these guiding principles in our redesign:

  • Ability to participate, regardless of your geographical location
  • Programs are developed and delivered to accommodate a variety of work schedules and learning styles
  • Eliminate long waitlists so that programs are available when needed
  • Program learning objectives align with our University’s strategy, values, and competencies
  • Training activities tie to an individual’s professional profile in Workday

In the meantime, there are development opportunities for supervisors and the administrative professionals certification programs remain available.

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Supervisors can explore these learning options:

  • An on-demand curriculum titled “Introduction to Supervision” is available. It contains a list of courses and books selected for supervisors.
  • Instructor-led training courses are available this Spring and Fall on a variety of topics specific to supervision and leadership.

Administrative Professional Series (APS)

The Administrative Professional Series (APS) is designed to equip administrative support professionals at the University with the skills, resources, and tools to meet job challenges and support unit, college, or campuses priorities. APS is offered as a two-part, certificate program. The Talent Management team recommends Penn State’s administrative support professionals participate in both level 1 and 2, regardless of their experience level.

Level 1 Level 2

Topics include:

  • SocialStyles® Self Perception Assessment 
  • self-directed technology learning project 
  • customer service
  • professional presentation
  • professional presence and networking 
  • writing skills
  • Celebrate What’s Right with the World
  • communication

Topics include:

  • HR policy
  • leadership
  • mindfulness at work
  • Penn State internal systems (Simba and Workday Time keeping)
  • preparing and planning for change
  • ethics
  • diversity
  • safety in the workplace
  • transportation services
  • change management
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The level 1 program of APS is only delivered in the Spring. To qualify for the level 2 program, you need to have been in an administrative role at the University for at least 2 years. The level 2 program is only delivered in the Fall.