Certificate Programs

Certificate Series

Certificate programs provide significant personal and organizational development resources, as well as interdepartmental networking experiences. The multi-week, interactive format introduces practical tools and enables immediate application to real workplace challenges and opportunities.
 

There are three certificate programs:

Discover which Certificate Series best suits your professional goals. Download the Roadmap:

Certificate Series Roadmap

Application Process and Timeline

Fall

  • Cultivating Leadership Presence
  • Management Development Program

Spring

  • Emerging Leaders Program

Step 1: Discuss your interest in attending the program with your manager. Consider ways your participation in the program can improve your performance and engagement as well as for your team.

Step 2: Submit your online Application.

Step 3: Monitor your emails for further information regarding possible enrollment and next steps.

Participants selected to attend the next scheduled Certificate Series program will receive an email confirmation approximately 3 weeks prior to the next program start date.

  • CLP – Mid August
  • ELP – Early March
  • MDP – Early September

Payment for enrollment will be processed via internal chargeback using the department chartstring for Columbia University faculty and staff.  University affiliates will receive an invoice to process payment.

Interested participants not selected for this session will be waitlisted and given priority for attendance in the next cohort session.

Available Programs

Columbia University’s Cultivating Leadership Presence (CLP) is a multi-week training certificate series aimed at improving self-awareness, building confidence in personal leadership and public speaking skills.  Learn how to customize your message, make a positive impression and present with greater impact using effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.  CLP is available to University employees and affiliates.

CLP Application Requirements

Individuals may submit an online application to nominate themselves with the support of their leaders. Individuals selected for the ELP Program must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Currently a grade 9a and above
  • Currently work at Columbia or an affiliate school
  • Willing to commit to multiple weeks of classroom training

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The program is offered once a year in the Fall, beginning in September.

Apply to CLP

Columbia University’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a certificate series aimed at strengthening strategic leadership, communication and program execution skills. Participants develop the mindset, skillset, and toolset of individual contributors and managers growing into a leadership role. ELP is designed to introduce fundamental leadership competencies that promote high performance.

 ELP is tailored for the following:

  • Individual contributors seeking opportunities to grow within their current role 
  • Project leads responsible for informal teams with few or no direct reports
  • Managers working to establish a new or enhanced team culture and/or business practices
  • Colleagues actively engaged in changing school/department processes
  • Senior leaders charged with organizational change and transition

ELP Application Requirements

Individuals may submit an online application to nominate themselves with the support of their leaders. Individuals selected for the ELP Program must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Currently a grade 12/103 and above
  • Worked at Columbia or an affiliate school for at least one year
  • Willing to commit to attending all sessions as well as complete a course project

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  The program is offered once a year in the Spring, beginning in April.

Apply to ELP.

Columbia University’s Management Development Program (MDP) is a multi-week training certificate series aimed at building greater self-awareness and essential skills to better manage people and work processes. The program offers managers core tools, practices and strategies for building a peer network to enable their team’s success.  The Program focuses on the Fundamentals of Team Success.  MDP is available to University employees and affiliates.

MDP Application Requirements

Managers may submit an online application to nominate themselves with the support of their leaders. Managers selected for the MDP Program must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Currently in a management-level position, grade 12/103 – 14/105
  • Managed staff at Columbia or an affiliate school for at least one year
  • Willing to commit to multiple weeks of full-day classroom training

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The program is offered once a year in the Fall, beginning in October.

Apply to MDP.