Professional Development and Training

Professional development provides you with an opportunity to learn while working. There are thousands of events, classes, seminars, conferences and special events offered for you to choose from to meet your learning needs and goals as an employee of UW–Madison. Professional development provides you the opportunity to maintain, improve, or develop new knowledge and skills that can help you in your current job, and advance or even change careers.

The variety of options and the diversity of participants ensure you will build new connections and relationships across UW–Madison. It can be rewarding and satisfying to challenge yourself to learn something new and perform your job at a higher level.

Learning and Talent Development:
As part of UW–Madison’s Office of Human Resources, the Office of Talent Management sponsors and manages over 3,000 learning events including training courses, seminars, and conferences each year. Their website is a good resource and starting point for you to find a wide range of professional development opportunities.

Online Training:
UW–Madison has a subscription to, a vast, online library of training videos and tutorials on software and more. This resource is open to all faculty and staff — just log in with your NetID.

IRB Training:
The Institutional Review Board office offers outreach and training sessions for groups and departments on a variety of IRB topics.

Business School:
The Wisconsin School of Business offers certificate programs, online courses and other professional development opportunities for you and your team.

Department of Engineering Professional Development:
The University of Wisconsin College of Engineering offers cutting-edge short courses, certificate programs and licensing credits for today’s working professionals.

Division of Continuing Studies:
With an extensive catalog of both credit and noncredit courses, including many targeted to and scheduled for nontraditional students, Continuing Studies can be an ideal place for your professional development needs.

Faculty and Staff Professional Development:
The vice provost for faculty and staff supports Faculty and Staff Professional Development, including specific “chat series” designed for academic staff, assistant professors and mid-career faculty.

Professional Development Grants:
Financial support for professional development for Academic Staff and University Staff.