Certificate Programs & Training Series

UCSB currently offers various training certificate programs and training series for staff. Enrollment is offered through the UC Learning Center), with the exception of the Academic Personnel Certificate Program. (To enroll, go to Academic Personnel's Staff Training Registration page.) Competency development is encouraged for those serving in roles that rely on skill and mastery in the following areas:

Academic Personnel Certificate Program

The Academic Personnel Certificate Program is designed to provide a comprehensive working knowledge of all aspects of Academic Personnel. Academic policies and procedures will be covered in general terms in the introductory course. These concepts will be further built on in the courses focused on specific groups of academic employees. Participants are welcome to take individual courses or to work towards a certificate. To earn a certificate, all eight classes must be completed within a two-year period. Introduction to Academic Personnel is a prerequisite for all other classes for individuals working towards the certificate.

Once you complete your final course in the Academic Personnel Certificate program, email andrea.dittman@ucsb.edu to request your certificate. In your request, please include: Your preferred display name for the printed certificate, your name as it appears in the UCSB Directory, and your preferred delivery method (pickup from the AP Office or send through campus mail - please include mail code).

EH&S Generalist Program

The program is designed to develop knowledge of all EH&S programs through exposure to the technical aspects unique to the field. Participants complete online modules, and attend classroom workshops that develop skills and abilities applicable to the University setting.​ The primary goal is to encourage retention and growth by providing systemwide opportunities for professional development and continuing education. To complete the certificate 15 modules must be completed, including all 14 required modules and at least one elective module.

For more information or to register for this program, visit the UC Learning Center.

Financial Management Certificate Program

The Financial Management Certificate Program is a program building on the financial components of the Business Officer Institute (BOI). The Financial Management Certificate Program consists of a total of eight classes of comprehensive instruction in major topic areas critical to successful financial management. You are welcome to take one or a few courses in areas of particular interest to you, or you may choose to work toward a certificate in Financial Management.

To earn a certificate, you must take at least seven courses (a total of 20 hours of instruction) including all five classes listed as “required” and complete the FMCP Application. To be eligible for a Certificate, all course work must be completed in a two-year time span.

To view course dates and times, visit the Training section of the Office of the Controller.  To register, visit the UC Learning Center.

FlexCard Training Series

FlexCard Program Administration offers a series of training classes which are announced via periodic email notifications.  Unless otherwise noted, all training classes are conducted in the Purchasing Conference Room, SAASB 3203G.

FlexCard training classes are limited to 10 seats per class. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, classes are offered for Department Administrators, Cardholders and Reviewers/Allocators. Each Cardholder, Allocator and Reviewer must take and pass the exam corresponding to his/her role before participating in the FlexCard program. (Department Administrators, unless they are also filling the role of Reviewer, do not have to take an exam.) Exam certifications are valid for one year, expiring on the last day of the same month the following year.

To view course dates and times, visit FlexCard's Training and Testing page. To register, visit the UC Learning Center.

Gaucho Growth Speaker Series

The Gaucho Growth Speaker Series is presented by the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Workgroup for Talented Staff in partnership with Human Resources. All campus staff are invited to attend. For more information, including workshop descriptions, view the flyer.

Gaucho U Certificate Program

The Gaucho U is a cohort-based training and development certificate program founded on the new UC Core Competency Model. It has been designed through collaboration with Human Resources, the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Council, Staff Assembly, Administrative Services, Housing and Residential Services, and the Vice Chancellors.

The program is run in cohorts of 12 people, and consists of an orientation, five courses strategically sequenced throughout a six-month period, and a closing learning-culmination session.

More information is available in the course descriptions document. To register, visit the UC Learning Center.

Human Resources Academy

The Human Resources Academy is a comprehensive, multi-day conference-style training for management-level staff on core competencies in human resources policy and procedure. The Academy is designed to provide managers with the necessary tools to navigate the full spectrum of an employee's career with UC, i.e., recruitment, selection and onboarding; compensation and classification; benefits; training and career development; disability and leave management; workers compensation and injury prevention; corrective action and discipline; and separation actions (termination, layoff, resignation, retirement).

For more information or to register for this program, visit the UC Learning Center.

Payroll/Personnel System (PPS) Training Series

Payroll/Personnel System (PPS) training is mandatory for those who prepare and/or review personnel transactions and/or process payroll time reporting transactions online.* Regular PPS access is established after the trainee has completed all the training requirements for his/her area of responsibility (see "Required Courses" table below).

Current PPS Preparers and PAN Reviewers are invited to re-take any of the courses for review purposes.

*PPS users who have had a break of two years or more from doing PPS entry work are required to re-take the Employee Database Update Lab and complete the homework.

To view the course dates and times, to view the online course descriptions, and to register, visit the UC Learning Center.

SkillsMap Series

The SkillsMap Series (SMS) is offered in partnership with the Professional Development Center at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and other consultants to provide focused, fast-track learning opportunities, address key topics and fine-tune specific skills. Additionally, each SkillsMap course provided by SBCC is taught by SBCC faculty, and most will carry 0.5 units of community college credit.

To view the course dates and times, to view the online course descriptions and to register, visit the UC Learning Center.

Sponsored Projects Training for Administrators in Research (STAR) Program

The Sponsored Projects Training for Administrators in Research (STAR) program is a comprehensive certificated training program developed by the UCSB Office of Research to meet UCSB's research administration needs. The program's goals are to improve campus understanding of regulations, policies, and procedures; to strengthen internal controls; and to provide staff members with access to key resources and contacts when they need help.

The program is designed for employees with duties and responsibilities related to contract and grant administration. Participants are welcome to take one or several courses in areas of particular interest to them-or they may opt to earn a certificate in the STAR program.

The certificate program offers 11 required courses. This year the courses are provided in one series, offered from September through May. To earn a certificate, you must take all 11 classes. Staff members who wish to earn a STAR Program Certificate must complete the coursework in one or two years from the date they begin the course series.

To view course dates and times, visit the STAR class schedule. To register, visit the UC Learning Center. Once you have logged in use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses.

For more information about Sponsored Projects training courses please send an e-mail to training@research.ucsb.edu

Successfully Managing & Retaining Talent (S.M.A.R.T.) Workshops Series

S.M.A.R.T. workshops provide training on two intertwined subject areas: 1) legal requirements of applicable contracts, policies and laws; and 2) interpersonal skills and management techniques. As supervisors and managers, you must operate in a complex web of job descriptions; union contracts; local and system-wide university policy; and, of course, state and federal law. You need to know how to hire, train, supervisor, and discipline employees, while helping them to perform and develop.

A complete course listing of SMART Workshops is available for review.

These workshops are open to Supervisors and managers only and are offered by UCSB Employee & Labor Relations.

If you would like to request a customized workshop for your department or area, please contact Jennifer Smith,  SMART Program Coordinator for Employee & Labor Relations, at or call her at (805) 893-4663.

Supervisory Certificate Program

Employees who are not supervisors, as well as those who are, are invited to enroll in the Supervisory Certificate Program. The program is designed to give staff professional training in the key areas of leadership competencies, policies and procedures, and people skills. In this series of courses new supervisors learn a basic set of supervisory skills and tools. For the experienced supervisor, the program expands skills enabling the veteran supervisor to improve existing skills and acquire new ones demanded by an increasingly diverse workforce and changing workplace. Participants develop supervision skills including leadership, employee selection and evaluation, diversity, conflict management, communication skills, delegation, team building and change.

To submit the SCP Application for Candidacy, please visit the UC Learning Center and type "Application for Candidacy" in the search box. There is no form to fill out; just register and submit your recharge information for the $40 application fee. Registration must be completed by February 1 of the year in which the candidate would like to formally receive the Certificate.

Please see the HR Training Schedule for dates and times of current class offerings. To register, visit the UC Learning Center.

Code Hours Course Title Fee
2002 7.0 Building Strength Through Diversity $70.00
9002 3.5 Career Management $35.00
2007 7.0 Classification Workshop $70.00
7121 7.0 Coaching for Improved Work Performance (Formerly Conducting Effective Performance Evaluations) $70.00
2009 7.0 Dealing with Organizational Change $70.00
2011 2.5 Disability Management for Supervisors $25.00
2012 7.0 Employee Hiring Process $70.00
2017 7.0 Employee Relations Solutions: Help for Supervisors and Managers $70.00
2005 7.0 Leadership Skills $70.00
8009 7.0 Making Teams Work $70.00
8004 7.0 Powerful Presentations $70.00
2008 3.5 Preventing and Responding to Violence in the Workplace $30.00
2001 14.0 Supervisor Institute $140.00
8002 9.0 Writing at Work I $90.00
Total 96.0 Total number of hours and cost for required courses $960.00

UC Management Development Program

The UC Management Development Program is a systemwide program designed to strengthen leadership capability in three core competencies – People Management, Employee Engagement, and Innovation & Change Management. This program is intended for leaders of a division or functional area, those who manage leads, supervisors, or other managers, and leaders of complex operational programs or projects. Senior Leaders are also encouraged to attend.

For more information or to register for this program, visit the UC Learning Center.

UC Management Skills Assessment Program

The UC Management Skills Assessment Program is a unique assessment center experience which over time, cumulatively builds a valuable talent pipeline that assists the University in supporting upward mobility and deployments of talent as workforce needs unfold into the future. It fosters institutional loyalty among assessee participants, teaches assessors from UC locations enlightened and effective management practices, and benefits sponsoring departments and their locations by improving their participants in a variety of important ways - performance, role effectiveness, morale, and self-confidence.  All program components promote alignment between the program itself, institutional workforce needs, organizational direction and participants' aspirations at a critical time in the competition for talent in the marketplace. Cost is $1,450 to attend, this includes food and lodging for three days and three nights.

More information is available at: http://msap.ucr.edu/

UC People Management Series and Certificate Program

This program is for anyone who manages or supervises others, or aspires to do so, and consists of core and elective courses covering the following competency areas: Performance Management, Managing People, Administration and Operations, Change Management and Communications. It is designed to increase our people management capabilities at UC Santa Barbara as well as across the entire UC system.

All courses are available in the UC Learning Center (Tip: Enter "PMCP" in the "Search" field on the Learner dashboard). In order to obtain a People Management Certificate, you will need to complete all 16 Core Courses and at least 4 Elective Courses covering 4 out of 5 different competency areas. With the exception of one instructor-led course (Overview of the UCSB Performance Management Process), all of the Core Courses and Elective Courses are systemwide online courses.

Download the UC People Management Series and Certificate Course List.

Upon completion of the program, you may print your certificate of completion by accessing the Learning Activity Report Training Transcript from the Learner Dashboard, clicking on the link for the Curriculum: UC People Management Certificate Program, and clicking on the certificate icon.

The goal of the annual conference is to provide attendees with the opportunity to collaborate/exchange with one another, learn about current topics, share best practices, and continue their learning on relevant leadership topics within the UC system.

More information is available at: https://pmc.ucop.edu