Professional Certificates


Professional Certificate Programs

Photograph of StudentWhether you are looking to upgrade skills in your current field or looking for training in a whole new area, our Professional Certificates* can help you take that next step on your career track.  Our programs are designed with the needs of working adults in mind, with evening and weekend class sessions and at a moderate cost.  Join an energetic, committed peer network in classes taught by seasoned professionals and gain a credential that makes you stand out in today’s changing and competitive workplace.  Click on the links below to find out more about our Professional Certificate offerings.

Business Analysis Certificate Programs
Gain a solid understanding of business analysis best practices to drive efficiency across your organization while opening the lines of communication with project teams and key stakeholders. Select from classroom, virtual and online programs for all experience levels.

Business Communication Certificate - Online
Designed for the adult professional seeking to enhance their writing style, format and grammar in the business environment. The student will learn to communicate clearly and concisely from a curriculum designed to teach persuasive and critical writing in the workplace.

Data, Statistical Inference, and Modeling – Online
This online course is a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of statistics as a science of understanding and analyzing data. Learn how to use statistical software (R) to collect, analyze, and make sense of data.

Digital Media and Marketing Certificate Program - Online
Designed for individuals who want to enhance their skills in social media and online marketing.  This 350 hour, online, self-paced course offers rolling admission and students may be able to earn an Online Marketing Certified Professional (OMCP) credential upon completion of designated courses and meeting other requirements.

Essentials of Human Resources Management
Intended for those new to the field of Human Resources or outside the field with acquired Human Resources responsibilities, this two-day intensive certificate introduces you to the six key areas of the industry. Sessions are held in Durham, NC.

Event Development Certificate Program
This sequential eight-course program has been designed for both seasoned professionals in the event and meeting planning industry as well as for individuals with little or no event experience.  The program provides an overview of the areas necessary to be a successful planner and covers each domain as outlined by the 2012 CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) International Standards. If you have ever pictured yourself behind the scenes ensuring the seamless flow of a meeting or event, this is the program for you.

Financial Planning
This accelerated nine-month weekend program, designed for professionals in the financial services industry, focuses on the technical aspects, practical application, ethics and professionalism of financial planning. Graduates fulfill the educational requirement to qualify for application to the CFP® certification exam.

Human Resources Management
Are you an experienced HR professional planning to take the Professional in Human Resource (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) examinations?  Prepare for the exams – or simply expand your HR knowledge – by enrolling in this multi-week evening program. Courses are held in both Raleigh and Durham.

Human Resources Management - Intensive Version
Our noteworthy HR Management program is now also being offered in a NEW intensive version for those who cannot commit to regular weeknight classes.  The intensive version will be offered during 4 consecutive days and will cover the same material as the original program.  Prepare for the PHR and/or SPHR exam - or simply expand your HR knowledge - by enrolling in this multi-day program.

Human Resources Online CE Courses
HR professionals now have the opportunity to earn up to 14 HR CE credits through online training.  Courses available include compensation, employee selection, equal employment opportunity, performance management, talent management and career development.  Participants may choose from two training options – purchasing courses individually on an ad hoc basis or as a single discounted package of courses.  Completion of these courses/package will earn the HR professional recertification credit issued by the HR Certification Institute. 

Legal Nurse Consultant - Classroom
This multi-week program will train active licensed RN's to consult as medical-legal professionals. The LNC Program awards CNE contact hours. The program is divided into six modules, which are designed to be taken sequentially. All of the instructors are licensed RN’s and have worked as LNC's.

Legal Nurse Consultant - Online
This online program has ongoing, open registration except the last three weeks of June. Learn to consult as a medical-legal professional at your own pace from your own home. Students have six months to complete six modules.

Nonprofit Management
Learn to face the unique challenges of the nonprofit world –  from working with volunteers, to fund-raising, to legal qualifications and expectations for board members. Day-long courses are offered statewide and taught by local nonprofit leaders.

Paralegal Classroom Certificate Program
Using a skills-based curriculum, this evening program provides students with practical training in preparation for the workplace. Our classroom-based program is offered during the spring and fall of each year in Durham, NC. There is also a summer "intensive" day format offered in Durham for six weeks beginning in mid-May. The classroom program has been designated as “qualified” by the NC State Bar. Therefore, as a qualified program, our graduates can apply for the paralegal certification exam offered by the NC State Bar twice a year.

Paralegal Online Global Certificate Program
Applications to the online version of the paralegal classroom program are accepted throughout the year except the last three weeks in June. Although instructors (attorneys) are assigned to each student, the online program is completely student-driven. Applicants accepted to the program are given 12 months to complete their studies.  All coursework is completed online.

Paralegal Specialist Certificates
Paralegal Specialist Online Certificates are offered in over 25 specialty areas of law. Each certificate consists of four courses: three required and one elective. Students complete all four courses online and at their own pace, using textbooks, plus a multitude of comprehensive online resources.

Project Management Certificate Programs
Build knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to master the project life cycle, manage projects of all sizes and solve challenges facing your projects. Select from classroom, virtual and online programs for all experience levels.

Sustainable Community Development - Online
Acquire the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career. This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.

Technical Communication
Learn the core skills necessary to produce clear, effective, technical writing. This five-month program covers project management, editing, information architecture, essential tools, and electronic communications.


  • All programs are offered on a non-credit basis and are not transferable to a degree.
  • Pre-requisites of education and/or experience may be required for some programs prior to enrolling.
  • The curriculum for all programs is based upon the legal system, processes and industry application within the United States.

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