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Professional Development

Enhance your skills and knowledge for the future

Whether you are looking to earn credit or improve your skills with non-credit opportunities, we are here to help. Our training and certification courses are high quality, integrated, and innovative programs that enable participants to achieve their career and learning objectives through access to affordable education and employment skills training. We offer a variety of short courses, conferences, seminars, certificates and CEU programs. 

Upcoming Professional Development Programs

  • FGCU Complete

    The Office of Continuing Education presents you with the first Degree Completion program to come to FGCU. The program offers three majors and allows for those who have full-time jobs and other responsibilities to continue their education while maintaining their lifestyle. Learn More

  • Cannabis Professional Certificate Program $1395

     2021 Dates TBA
    The Cannabis Professional Certificate Program is an intensive 5-day workshop designed to meet the needs of those in the industry and community who want to increase their understanding of cannabis and its effects, the cannabis industry, and the environment in which it operates. The workshop will educate participants about the history of cannabis; cannabis laws and policies; the characteristics of the plant; cultivation and extraction techniques; cannabis as a business; and the physiology, pharmacology, and medicinal uses of cannabis.

  • SHRM Essentials of Human Resources $599

    Fall 2020: Sept. 22 - Oct. 13
    Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Contact Hours: 15 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
    Lecture Location: Online through Florida Gulf Coast University
    Cost: $599 early bird special pricing until 7/31; $629 thereafter
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    The SHRM Essentials of Human Resources is an introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of HR. It gives participants foundational knowledge and an introduction to behavioral competencies that are essential for business success. This course is ideal for those who are just starting out in the human resources profession, or those who are looking for an effective way to boost their employee management skills.


  • Personal Fitness Certification $779

     Fall 2020: Sept. 22, 2020
    Lecture: Instant Online Access Now
    Practical: Saturdays, 1pm-4pm (Fitness Center)
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    Become a fitness professional by earning your Personal Fitness Certification.

  • Golf Course Management Certificate Program $1425

    2021 Dates TBA  (FGCU Main Campus)
    Labs: SWFL Golf Courses
    The Golf Course Management Certificate Program will take place over the duration of a week including lectures and labs. This program would comprise of a wide variety of topics that focus on learning the key components for managing a golf course. Additionally, offered as part of the course, this program would prepare participants to sit for the examination to acquire the Florida's Pesticide Application License.


  • Introduction to Construction Management Certificate Program $1050

    Fall 2021: Jan 25 - Apr 2, 2021, Online (Self-paced with weekly modules)
    This Introduction to Construction Management Certificate is geared to those who are looking to advance their knowledge and understanding of the basic elements and skill sets required by a Professional Construction Manager. The course is a primer for those with degrees in Engineering, Architecture and other fields of study, who wish to gain a better understanding of the topical content of a degree specific to Construction Management and to help prepare them for additional studies or matriculations into advanced degrees in this area of study. The certificate will also benefit those currently working in construction as a craftsperson and want to learn skills necessary to move into the management side. Finally, it will also provide an opportunity for those currently working in a construction office without specific training or degrees, the option to further refine their skill sets related to Professional Construction Management.

    To the left is a picture of Chris Allen, President & CEO of Allen Concrete & Masonry, Inc., in Naples, Florida.

    Mr. Allen, along with 14 of his employees, recently finished the "Introduction to Construction Management Certificate" program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University's Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs. Pictured with Mr. Allen are (l) Dr. Ken Sims, II, Assistant Professor, in the Construction Management Department, was the instructor for the ten-week online course, and (r) Dr. Craig Capano, Professor and Chair of the Construction Management Department at FGCU.

    A total of 18 participants completed the course on August 14, 2020.

    Chris Allen Receiving Certificate


  • Dynamics of Supervision $185/session

    Oct 2020 - Apr 2021, Thurs, 9:00am-12:00pm (Herald Court Center)
    Dynamics of Supervision I $185
    Oct 13 - Nov 17, Thurs, 9:00am-12:00pm (Herald Court Center)
    Dynamics of Supervision II $185
    Jan 19 - Feb 23, Thurs, 9:00am-12:00pm (Herald Court Center)
    Dynamics of Supervision III $185
    Mar 9 - Apr 13, Thurs, 9:00am-12:00pm (Herald Court Center)
    Dynamics of Supervision IV $185
    Oct 15 - Nov 19, Thurs, 1:30pm-4:30pm (Herald Court Center))
    Interactive: Role Playing; Case Studies; Group Discussions and Projects.


Upcoming Professional Development Online Programs


Financial Support for Military Spouses

Utilize military spouse benefits to get in-demand career training.

Local Industry and Business Training Programs

Provide your employees with the training they need to enhance their current skills. For more information about these programs, contact Dr. Robert Peterson at 941-626-9134 or

  • Supervisory Training Series

  • Executive Leadership Program

  • Lean Sigma Training

  • Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA)

  • Statistical Process Control

  • Dealing with Angry and Difficult People

  •  Project Management Training

  •  Building Influential Relationships 

  •  Bullying Prevention and Civility in the Workplace

  • Manager's Motivation Tool Kit: Bringing Out the Best in Others

  • Discover Your Inner Genius: Innovative Thinking and Organizational Problem Solving

  •  Secrets to Providing Outstanding Customer Service 

  • Save a Meeting, Save Your Sanity! Facilitation Skills for Team and Meeting Leaders

  •  The Game Plan for Team Development

  • Transform Your Future: Finding Your Own True North

  •  Speaking with Confidence and Credibility