SCE does not require formal enrollment to begin a certificate track. It is recommended that you express your intent to the Program Manager responsible for the certificate so he or she can actively monitor your progress. Each certificate has unique curriculum requirements, and your path toward certificate completion begins with registering for a program that fulfills a requirement. Curriculum requirements, prerequisites and the most up-to-date list of program offerings are available on each individual certificate webpage. Almost all courses may also be taken individually without the pursuit of a certificate.
Prior Education and Training
SCE does not grant credit toward curriculum requirements for prior education and training. The majority of certificates offer varying pathways to completion and incorporate recent developments in subject content. Participants should select certificate tracks that provide an opportunity to build off of prior education and training with new content.
Participants in SCE’s programs receive either a “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” designation to indicate their performance in a course. Satisfactory designation is implied for all participants that receive a verification of attendance/completion certificate at the end of the course. Only courses for which a participant receives a satisfactory designation can be applied toward the curriculum requirements for a certificate.
- To receive a satisfactory designation in a classroom based (face-to-face) course, participants must attend and participate in all clock hours
- To receive a satisfactory designation in a distance based (online) course, participants must access all modules and complete all required activites.
- To receive a satisfactory designation in a capstone (if applicable), participants must submit a project that meets all established requirements for the capstone.
Participants are not suspended or dismissed from a certificate track due to unsatisfactory designations, nor are there probationary periods attributed to unsatisfactory designations; however, courses for which a participant receives an unsatisfactory designation don’t apply toward the cumulative curriculum requirements for the certificate. Participants would be required to retake the course, or take a different course that satisfies the curriculum requirement of a certificate. Retaking or substituting a course may result in additional registration fees incurred (per the discretion of the certificate Program Manager).
SCE focuses on condensed training that allows participants to accelerate their progress toward certificate completion. Missing days or tardiness can result in a substantial portion of the class content being missed. As such, attendance is the primary consideration in the assignment of satisfactory designations. The implication of tardiness toward the completion of curriculum requirements is at the discretion of the certificate Program Manager; however, a general guideline would be to consider tardiness of two or more clock hours to result in an unsatisfactory designation for the course.
If participants know in advance that an absence is an issue or there is need for SCE to initiate the cancellation of a course, SCE has the following cancellation policy pertaining to certificate programs in place:
- A full refund is issued to program participants if the School of Continuing Education cancels a program for any reason. Participant withdrawals made at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of a program can receive a 100% refund. When a participant withdraws less than two weeks prior to the program start, participants may have their fees transferred one time to any currently available program, otherwise participants receive a refund minus a 20% administrative fee. For programs with a fee of $35 or less, no refund is given, if a participant withdraws within two weeks of the start date. Once a program has begun, refunds are no longer issued.
Upon completion, participants are awarded a framed certificate to acknowledge their accomplishment. SCE maintains a student record system for noncredit courses, and can issue a transcript listing all of a participant’s noncredit courses per their request. Program Managers maintain a strong network of certificate holders, and frequently communicate news, trends and employment opportunities pertaining certificate content.
UW-Milwaukee’s Career Planning and Resource Center maintains a public facing website devoted to career and employment related topics. Resources on careers, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, salary and negotiations can be found at: https://uwm.edu/careerplan/.
Participant Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
The School of Continuing Education is one of the UWM’s Schools/Colleges, and falls under the umbrella of the University of Wisconsin System. As such, SCE’s policies on participant conduct are rooted in the following UW System Administrative Code:
- UWS Chapter 14 – Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures
- UWS Chapter 17 – Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures
- UWS Chapter 18 – Conduct on University Lands
Participants who violate standards contained within UW System Administrative Code may be placed on probation, suspended from, or dismissed from all UWM functions.
List of Certificates and Affiliated Program Managers
- Advanced Spanish Language Certificate — Samantha Meyer
- Business Acumen Certificate — Pam Nellen
- Business Analysis Certificate — Christine Sigrist
- Business Communication Certificate — Pam Nellen
- Certificate in Trauma Counseling — Angela Kelber
- Child Care Administration Certificate — Liz Weber
- Child Care Program Development Certificate — Shari Vinluan
- Data Analysis Certificate — Christine Sigrist
- Digital Marketing Certificate — Jeanne Zautner
- Dimensioning and Tolerancing Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Early Childhood Leadership Certificate — Liz Weber
- Elastomer Technology Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Electrical Engineering Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- EMDR Therapy Basic Training Certificate — Angela Kelber
- Emerging Leaders Certificate — Pam Nellen
- Facility Management Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Family Mediation Certificate — Gevon Daynuah
- Gear Technology Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Human Resource Management & Organizational Development Certificate — Robin Esch
- Introductory Nonprofit Certificate — Shirley Burks
- Labor Relations Certificate — Robin Esch
- Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt — Marcia Gabriel
- Managing Digital Content Certificate — Jeanne Zautner
- New Manager/Supervisor Certificate — Pam Nellen
- Office Lean Certificate — Robin Esch
- Plastics Technology Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Portuguese Language Certificate — Samantha Meyer
- Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management — Shirley Burks
- Project Management - Advanced Certificate — Anne O'Meara
- Project Management – Online Track Certificate — Anne O'Meara
- Project Management Certificate — Anne O'Meara
- Six Sigma Black Belt for Services and Transactions Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Six Sigma Black Belt Training Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Six Sigma Green Belt for Services and Transactions Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Social Media Manager Certificate — Jeanne Zautner
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Certificate — Gevon Daynuah
- Solution-Focused Business Professional Certificate — Gevon Daynuah
- Spanish Language Certificate — Samantha Meyer
- Train the Trainer Certificate — Jeanne Zautner
- Water Technology Certificate — Marcia Gabriel
- Youth Engagement Practice Certificate — Gevon Daynuah
* Certificates marked with an asterisk can also be taken for University Credit. The information in this guide pertains to the noncredit option. To acquire information about the University Credit option, please contact the Program Manager directly.