Build the skills you need to advance along any career path. You can earn a free certificate of completion for any of these online Professional Development courses.

In our Professional Development courses, you will learn to:

  • manage your time wisely and develop healthy work habits;
  • develop "soft skills" like interviewing, office etiquette, communication, and customer service; and
  • anticipate, prevent, and solve problems in the workplace.

  • Time: 20 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore aspects that are important to the climate of a company – organizational culture, diversity, and business ethics – and why they are important.

  • Time: 7 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore topics including the leadership and management skills necessary in the different stages of group development, how to create an effective team, and how to harness a team's strengths.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore the important aspects of employee job satisfaction and well-being, including conflict management and resolution.

  • Time: 18 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore the broad field of Human Resource Management and learn about the importance of strategic employee recruitment, selection, and retention.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore the planning functions of managers, including management strategy frameworks, components of business strategy, and setting and achieving goals and objectives.

  • Time: 4 hours
  • Free Certificate
Learn about the decision-making process, including basic decision types, tools, methods, and the insights that help you realize how decision-making involves both logic and emotion.

  • Time: 4 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore organizational structures and how traditional management practices are making way for more modern approaches.

  • Time: 13 hours
  • Free Certificate
Learn how to identify appropriate workplace strategies for discouraging dysfunctional conflict (often based on misunderstanding, personalities that clash, negative stereotypes, and bias), and promote respectful functional conflict to foster creative thinking, problem-solving techniques, and innovation. Explore different methods of conflict resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation, and other remedies.

  • Time: 8 hours
  • Free Certificate
Study how our culture views and values the ideas, qualities, and ideals of ethical leadership. Consider the essential qualities of good leadership: honesty, moral courage and moral vision, compassion, fairness, intellectual excellence and willingness to listen to others, creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, good timing, and selflessness.

  • Time: 3 hours
  • Free Certificate
Explore how raw materials are selected, obtained, and then distributed to the customer as a finished product – the supply chain. Learn how every step in the process can be affected by changes in distribution, resource availability, and other external factors.

  • Time: 6 hours
  • Free Certificate
Learn the basics of object-oriented (OO) programming, a paradigm that uses objects that contain data in the form of instance variables and methods that control the behavior of the objects. This course is suitable for anyone and uses Java to demonstrate key OO concepts.

  • Time: 18 hours
  • Free Certificate
Learn how to apply crisis communication principles to protect and defend a company or organization facing a problem or challenge that threatens to harm its brand or reputation.

  • Time: 15 hours
  • Free Certificate
Get an introduction to the wide range of sales positions that are available in the workforce and how sales professionals are typically managed in terms of compensation and motivational approaches.