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ISU Certificate Programs

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 200 hours of student employment with one department in order to qualify for the certificate.

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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 and to register, please contact Freda Luers.

Indiana State University – Faculty/Staff Administered Certificate Programs

Challenge Course Facilitator Level 1 Certification

This certification is administered by a qualified Association for Challenge Course Technology Trainer/Tester. The training is conducted by ISU faculty, staff, and current student facilitators. It is forty hours long and takes place at the ISU Sycamore Outdoor Center. The training culminates with a practical and written exam, resulting in a nationally and internationally recognized Level 1 Facilitator Certification.


The training is a mix of didactic and hands-on learning, with direct participation on the challenge courses. These courses include high belayed elements and low-to-the-ground team building elements. Trainees also learn fun, group interaction oriented games. A challenge course program creates problem-based scenarios for individuals and groups of people to solve. It is a dynamic, intrapersonal and interpersonal process rich with learning opportunities, including skills related to trust, cooperation, conflict resolution and building confidence. Trainees will learn to provide these experiences to groups and safely and effectively facilitate an experiential learning process.


Students that successfully complete the certification will be eligible for employment in the ISU Keystone Adventure Program. It is preferred that students have at least one year of on-campus study remaining so they can work in the program.


Contact in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport for additional information.

Sycamore Career Ready Certificate - Retired

The Sycamore Career Ready Certificate is no longer offered by the Career Center. 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). Career Readiness is being incorporated into the curriculum at Indiana State University.  Beginning January 2018, students will no longer enroll in this program.

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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: What is Sustainability? Making Change 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 Nicolas McCreary, Institute for Community Sustainability For information on credit-bearing certificates, including the Non Profit Leadership Alliance Certificate, please see



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