Professional Skill Certificates

Indiana State University is pleased to offer a comprehensive skills training program to certify our students’ professional skills and to ensure our graduates are ready for the workplace. The program includes an array of non-credit certifications, both university and third-party administered, that will ensure students are learning and using professional and industry skills while increasing their attractiveness to employers. Students will receive verification of the skills obtained through a notation on their co-curricular transcript.

Indiana State University – Faculty/Staff Administered Certificate Programs

Sycamore Career Ready Certificate

The Sycamore Career Ready Certificate is offered by the Career Center to prepare students for internship and professional job search proficiency as well as the graduate school application and admission process. This model ensures that students who complete the program have received extensive professional development in career planning and written and oral communication skills related to the job search. Students earn the Sycamore Career Ready Certificate based on the set of proficiencies they demonstrate in:

  • Professional Identity (exploring strengths, ideal careers, and developing tools to market skills to employers)
  • Professional Experience (building relevant experience as well as training in professional practices)
  • Professional Skills (identifying and articulating transferable skills and preparing for the job search process)

See for more information and to register for the Sycamore Career Ready Certificate.

Workplace Professional Skills Certificate

The Workplace Professional Skills Certificate is designed to train Indiana State University students in professional workplace skills that will benefit them in their student employment positions as well as their internships and future professional employment. This model ensures that students who complete the program have received supplemental training applicable to the demands of the job market. Students will be able to address topics such as professional customer service, diversity training, sexual harassment prevention, confidentiality and communication skills. To receive the certificate, students will complete five required modules and 10 elective modules through Sycamore eLearning powered by SkillSoft. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of student employment with one department in order to qualify for the certificate.

See for more information and to register for the Student Workplace Professional Skills Certificate.

Certified Peer Educator Training

Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training helps students develop the leadership skills necessary to develop and implement campus programs. CPE training covers skills needed by peer educators on health, wellness and safety topics such as: becoming a caring health helper, awareness on health and safety risks and prevention programs, how to make referrals for students at risk, conduct educational programs and events, increase leadership abilities, increase awareness of personal wellness, and teach team building. ISU’s CPE training is provided by the BACCHUS Network and consists of 9 topic modules.

For more information, please see To register for the Certified Peer Educator training, please contact Joni Clark at

Team Facilitation Certificate

This program prepares students to work with groups in an experiential context for purposes related to team and individual. Concepts explored will relate to experiential education, group development, and adventure-challenge education. Multiple-methods of learning will be offered, including lecture, role- playing, activity participation, individual reflection, and group discussion. Students that successfully complete the certification will be eligible to pursue Facilitator Certification and employment in the ISU Keystone Adventure Program, an adventure-based learning program which includes open-field cooperative games, minimal-prop initiatives, two team initiatives courses, a High Ropes Course and a three-sided Universal Climbing Tower. Certification requirements include completion of RCSM 363 and RCSM 363L and structured observations and evaluations with the teams initiative and high ropes courses and climbing tower.

The first step for completion of this certification is enrollment in RCSM 363 and RCSM 363L during the fall semester. Contact in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport for additional information.

Leadership Certificate

The ISU Leadership Certificate Program is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Indiana State University. The program is adaptable so all students can work toward achieving this distinguished recognition.

The ISU Leadership Program will assist students in addressing the following:

  • Demonstrates student’s leadership and team/organization development skills
  • Highlights developmental outcomes of each leadership experience
  • Assists students as they transition to leadership and group dynamic roles within a work or applied environment
  • Curriculum and theory-based leadership development models
  • A university-certified record of leadership skill development and application

The ISU Leadership Certificate Program will provide opportunities for students to develop the competencies required for effective leadership (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, Foundations of leadership, personal development, Interpersonal development, and development of groups, organization, and systems.

See for more information. To register, please contact Monique Parks-Allen, Student Organizations and Leadership Development,, 812.237.2787.

Healthy Hire Certificate

The Healthy Hire workplace wellness certificate is designed for health and non-health majors a solid background in, and functional understanding of, the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual, and occupational). The goal of the program is to enrich students’ overall lifestyles and enhance their marketability for employment by teaching and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. The emphasis will be on practical, interactive, hands-on approaches to wellness, such as learning to cook healthy meals.

The workshops will include:

  • Earth, water, and fire (Physical, Spiritual): Workshop to be conducted at the Sycamore Outdoor Center and include water activities, nature activities, and lifetime exercise/activities.
  • Healthy, wealthy, and wise (Financial, Emotional, Social): Workshop will be conducted at the Food Lab in the AHS department and focus on nutrition and healthy meal preparation as well as financial management and planning. All topics will be covered over a broad range of time, emphasizing lifespan wellness.
  • Mind, spirit, and peace (Intellectual, Mental, Spiritual): Workshop will take place in a gym or PE room and cover mental aspects of health, including cognition, relaxation, spirituality, and stress management.
  • Career, balance, and society (Environmental, Occupational, Social): Workshop will be held in a classroom and focus on issues affecting inter- and intrapersonal working relationships, as well as exploring the broader ecological component of community and global environments.

When comparing two candidates with comparable work skills, the individual with a Healthy Hire certificate demonstrates commitment to a healthy lifestyle, as evidenced by obtaining a two-year certificate focused on understanding and practicing key behaviors related to the seven dimensions of wellness.

Pre-requisite academic courses include health/wellness and psychology. The program will take two academic years to complete. Students should register before their junior year to complete prior to graduation. To enroll students will submit a brief essay on his or her reason for obtaining the certificate to Kathy Berlin or Kathy Ginter.

For more information, contact Kathy Berlin, 812-237-3070 or Kathy Ginter, 812-237-4168.

Facilitation Skills Certificate

Students will learn the "art and skill" of facilitation with opportunities to practice leading groups of various types. Facilitation is defined as helping an individual, group or organization to achieve goals. This program builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in a person’s undergraduate preparation so the certificate program is designed for seniors and graduate students.

Upon completion of this program, the students will be able to:

  • Define facilitation and determine when and where these skills would be useful;
  • Understand group dynamics particularly as related to accomplishing tasks;
  • Listen actively in a variety of contexts;
  • Plan and facilitate practically any type of meeting;
  • Manage difficult situations and people during meetings;
  • Summarize meetings and provide detailed reports of group activities;
  • Understand the goals of action planning and strategic planning; and
  • Facilitate action planning and strategic planning.

To register, please contact W. Tad Foster, Professor, Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technology,, 812-237-4508.

Certificate in Sustainability Leadership

The Sustainability Certificate program explores the interconnections between economic, social, and environmental issues toward a basic understanding of sustainability. Students will learn these principles in addition to effective leadership skills, empowering students in all areas of study to use their knowledge of sustainability to better society. Upon successful completion of this program, students will demonstrate leadership skills in sustainability and be able to apply these skills to their chosen field.

The program consists of three discussion-based seminar sessions, three assigned activities outside of seminars, 10 hours of community service related to sustainability, and one capstone presentation. The seminar sessions include:

1. What is Sustainability?
2. Making Change
3. Theory into Practice

This certificate is designed for upperclassmen who have declared a major, but all undergraduates may participate in this program. For more information contact Caroline Savage, Institute for Community Sustainability

For information on credit-bearing certificates, including the Non Profit Leadership Alliance Certificate, please see

Third Party Administered Certificates – Approved by ISU Faculty/Staff

Indiana State University faculty and staff find certificates, designations, and trainings to be advantages to students. These industry-recognized programs will enhance students’ candidacy when navigating the job search process.

American Translator’s Association Certification (ATA)

Associate Constructor Certification (AC)

Associate in Risk Management (ARM)

Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI)

To inquire about course waivers please contact Rebecca Wray, Interim Director, Gongaware Center,; 812 237-8924.

Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Certification Programs
  • Certified Technical Professional (CTP/CSTP)
  • Certified Technology Manager (CTM/CSTM)
  • Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS/CSMS)

Students that pass the appropriate exam are eligible to receive the certification after completion of the degree. For more information contact Randy Peters, College of Technology,

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certifications

For more information contact, Professor Randy Peters, College of Technology, about paying for certification through your course fees.

Certified Financial Planner

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Wildlife Biologist

Chartered Financial Analyst

Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) Certificate

At Indiana State University students may earn waivers for the following two courses:

  • INS 343 (CPCU 551) Commercial Property Risk Management and Insurance
  • INS 344 (CPCU 552) Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance

To inquire about course waivers please contact Rebecca Wray, Interim Director, Gongaware Center,; 812 237-8924.

First Aid / CPR

International Foundation for Retirement Education Certified Retirement Counselor

Lifeguard Instructor Certification

SAP Student Academy

Spinning® Instructor Certification Program

Water Safety Instruction
Yoga Instructor
Zumba Instructor

Financial Assistance for Certificates and Designations

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