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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 certifications, both university-administered and third-party offerings, along with an expanded student employment professional skills training that will ensure students are learning and using professional work-place skills in their student employment positions. Students will receive verification of the skills obtained through a notation on their co-curricular transcript.

The skills certificates enable students to enhance their attractiveness to employers by completing one or more non-credit certifications coordinated through the Career Center. The certifications that are currently open for registration are described below. Additional certifications will launch throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

Indiana State University – Faculty/Staff Administered Certificate Programs

Sycamore Career Ready Certificate (Career Center)

The Sycamore Career Ready Certificate is designed to prepare Indiana State University 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 (developing core, transferrable skills including communication, teamwork and problem solving)

For more information and to register for the Sycamore Career Ready Certificate, see

Workplace Professional Skills Certificate (Career Center)

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. Completion of this certificate program does not guarantee employment.

For more information and to register for the Student Workplace Professional Skills Certificate –

Certified Peer Educator Training (Student Health Promotion)

Educator (CPE) training helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully 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 (Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport)

This program will prepare 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 Program

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.

View more information about the Leadership Certificate

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

Third Party Administered Certificates – Approved by ISU Faculty/Staff

Professional Certification Assistance Application

In many fields, professional certification provides prospective employees an advantage in securing a job. The Career Center offers an assistance program to help students earn elective professional certifications. The program reimburses students for a portion of their certification exam or application fees. The program does not cover licensure or exam fees that are required by an industry or that would be expected as part of employment in that industry (i.e. nursing licensure or teaching licensure). Click here for more information and to apply for assistance.

Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Certification Programs

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) certification programs recognize individuals who have met and maintained established professional standards. The certification program is available to students earning degrees in technical, technology, and engineering related disciplines. ATMAE certification announces that you have recognized expertise in a specific field, a mark of distinction that sets you apart. Certification requires college-level coursework and passing a certification exam.

Three certifications are available:

  • The Certified Technical Professional (CTP/CSTP)  is a broad based exam geared to technical programs without a management component.
  • The Certified Technology Manager (CTM/CSTM)  is based on a broad-based multi-subject exam, updated from the former Certified Industrial Technologist exam, which can be used by many technology and technology management programs, regardless of emphasis.
  • The Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS/CSMS)   is geared toward programs with a strong manufacturing emphasis and the exam was developed with the help from ATMAE members working in such programs.

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

ASE Student Certification can be thought of as the first step in building a career as a service professional in the automotive industry. Whether marking the completion of career-entry studies in automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing, or medium/heavy-duty trucks, these tests can provide the student with their first industry-recognized certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. For more information see: and speak with Professor Randy Peters, College of Technology, about paying for certification through your course fees.

The Institutes’ Collegiate Studies for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) Certificate

Add value to your resume and get a jump start on your career by earning two course waivers towards the prestigious CPCU designation. To qualify, students must complete their coursework at an approved college or university, and they must have earned a “B” or better as the final grade in the class. Students who earn two CPCU course waivers and complete Ethics and the CPCU Code of Professional Conduct will also earn The Institutes’ Collegiate Studies for CPCU Certificate. This program is recommended for: Agents/Brokers, Agency Principals, Claims Representatives, Line of Business Managers/Executives, Insurance Litigators, Risk Managers, and Underwriters.

Currently, waivers are offered 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.

The Institutes’ Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI)

Meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of the surplus lines market through the Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance program. With in-depth surplus lines insurance knowledge and a strong focus on the full range of surplus lines products, ASLI is the premier designation for all surplus lines insurance professionals. After completing this program, you'll be able to ensure correct risk placement through a strong foundation in surplus lines insurance practices.

This program is recommended for: Claims Adjustors, Insurance Regulators, Managing General Agents, Program Managers, Retail Agents and Brokers, Risk Managers, Underwriters, and Wholesale Brokers.

For more information see

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

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