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Alternative credentials designed for your profession

Many professionals prove competency by obtaining alternative credentials, including professional certifications and licenses, or participating in educational certificate programs. USI offers courses to help you study for national certification tests as well as certificate programs that allow you to develop job skills you need today. We require no prerequisites, degrees or admission to the University, and most programs can be completed in one semester.

Human Resource Professionals
Accountants
Project Managers
Beginning Supervisors/Managers
Supervisors/Managers
Problem Solvers and Collaborators
Facility Managers 
Computer Users


Human Resource Professionals

SHRM Learning System
Whether your desire is to increase your human resource knowledge or obtain HR certification, the newly-designed Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System can help you to reach your learning and development goals.

The learning system is based on the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge and features the most up-to-date and relevant study materials available today including SmartStudy tools, learning modules in print or e-reader formats, and extensive multimedia online resources accessible via mobile devices.  

Add USI's HR instructors, who are also experienced HR practitioners from the Evansville area, and you have a formula for success. The course prepares professionals for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification exams. Visit www.shrm.org for more information about certification. 

Dates & Times: 12 Mondays, September 21 - December 14 (no class Thanksgiving Week); 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $1,149
Discounts: USI alumni and EHRA members
Course Number: HRC600

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Accountants

CMA I 
CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) is the advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the advanced accounting and financial management skills used in business today. Join more than 45,000 credentialed peers worldwide, sit for the exam and demonstrate your mastery of accounting, financial planning, analysis, control and decision support, as well as professional ethics. 

We offer a comprehensive exam preparation program that includes textbooks and online practice tests. While the primary focus of this course is to prepare individuals for the CMA exam, the course is also an excellent professional development tool to advance individuals their career in accounting, finance, or business management. 

The CMA review courses are delivered in two convenient courses, mirroring the two parts of the CMA exam. Professionals can take the exam parts in any order. This fall, USI is offering a course to prepare for Part 1. 

PART I - Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance and Control
(4 hours - 100 multiple choice questions and two 30 minute essay questions)

  • External financial reporting decisions
  • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Performance  measurement
  • Cost management
  • Internal controls

Instructor: Kay Hagerdon, CMA
Dates & Times: 10 Mondays, September 21 - November 30 (no classes Thanksgiving week); 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $1095
Course Number: CMA500

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Project Managers

Project Management Courses
For professionals, project management skills are no longer optional, they are necessary. Project Management for the Everyday Professional is a 12-hour USI certificate program for all professionals who want to learn best practice and cutting edge methodologies. For those considering PMP certification, the course to take is the USI Certificate of Project Management a 36-hour introduction to traditional methodology as outlined in the Project Management Book of Knowledge. 

Project Management for the Everyday Professional 
Whether you are an accountant, a healthcare administrator, or a human resource professional, you need strong project management skills. This 12-hour USI certificate program is ideal for all professionals who want to learn best practice and cutting edge methodologies. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates & Times: 4 Wednesdays, October 14 - November 4; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $249
Course Number: PMI400

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USI Certificate of Project Management
This course is appropriate for professionals who want to begin to learn traditional project management methodology as outlined in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (provided). If you are pursuing project management certification and have not had any training in project management, this course is your starting point. It does not, however, prepare you for any certification exam. Additional course work is advised for those taking certification exams. 

Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Brown
Dates and Times: 12 Mondays, September 21 - December 14 (no class Thanksgiving week); 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $1,188 
Course Number: PMI501-512

If you are not interested in taking the entire series, you may register for an individual session for $119 per session. 

PMI501: History and Overview of Project Management, September 21
PMI502: Project Management Framework, September 28
PMI503: Project Integration Management, October 5
PMI504: Project Scope Management, October 12
PMI505: Project Time Management, October 19
PMI506: Project Cost Management, October 26
PMI507: Project Quality Management, November 2
PMI508: Project Human Resource Management, November 9
PMI509: Project Communications Management, November 16
PMI510: Project Risk Management, November 30
PMI511: Project Procurement Management, December 7
PMI512: Project Stakeholder, December 14

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Microsoft Project 2013
Is your organization considering implementing project management software? Do you need a method of communicating project timelines and deliverables to your customer or clients? This nine-hour course is designed to allow you to integrate Microsoft Project 2013 into your project management efforts. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker 
Dates and Times: 3 Wednesdays, September 23, 30 and October 7; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration fee: $199
Course Number: CIS591

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Beginning Supervisors/Managers

Leadership for the New Leader Certificate
For new or prospective leaders, this course is ideal for building the knowledge and skills needed to launch a successful management career. The following topics are explored: primary roles and responsibilities, resources and information needed, supervising former peers, developing action plans, resolving conflict, appropriate use of various communication methods, interpersonal relationships, providing feedback for performance improvement, leading teams, delegating tasks, training and monitoring employees, and more. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Instructors: Pam Goedde and Tammy Barnett
Dates and Times:  2 Thursdays, October 1 and 8; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $359
Course Number: CLE400

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Supervisors/Managers

USI specializes in leadership assessment and development for those aspiring to become supervisors, first-time supervisors, and experienced supervisors and managers. Our leadership courses can be taken individually, or you can combine four core and two elective courses to earn the USI Certificate in Leader Excellence. Many of our courses are designed by Developmental Dimensions Institute (DDI), the world leader in leadership development training, while others are custom designed by professionals in our community. 

4 Core Courses (offered every spring and fall semester)

  • USI Management Skills Assessment*
  • DDI Essentials of Leadership*
  • DDI Coaching for Improvement and Success*
  • DDI Resolving Conflict*

2 Elective Courses (offered on a rotation basis)

  • USI Human Resources for Non-HR Managers
  • DDI Managing Performance Problems*
  • DDI Getting Started as a New Leader*
  • DDI Driving Change*
  • DDI Developing Others*
  • DDI Leading High Performance Teams*
  • DDI Effective Problem Analysis and Decision Making
  • DDI Engaging Others*
  • USI Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

* Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits

Management Skills Assessment (Core)
Using well-recognized and accepted assessment center methodology, assessors observe and evaluate participants during a series of work simulations where participants encounter challenges and tasks common to supervisory and management positions. The outcome is a comprehensive report outlining the participant's strengths, developmental needs, and training recommendations. The assessment is valuable for aspiring and current supervisors and managers from all industries. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch.  

Dates and Times:
MDC580A - September 18, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580B - October 21, Wednesday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580C - November 18, Wednesday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580D - December 11, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration Fee: $399
Course Number: MDC580A - MDC580D

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DDI Essentials of Leadership (Core)
During this course, participants learn a set of essential skills to meet both practical business needs and people's personal needs. They acquire a set of proven interaction skills, discover seven leadership imperatives for meeting today's challengers, and realize their role as a catalyst leader - a leader who inspires others to act. Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 22;  5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration Fee: $269
Course Number: CLE520

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DDI Resolving Workplace Conflict (Core)
Leaders will learn to recognize when a conflict is escalating and how to minimize damage by using the most appropriate resolution tactic, regardless of which stage a conflict is in. They will also learn the true cost of conflict to an organization and techniques for handling even the most challenging conflict-related discussions effectively. Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration Fee: $269
Course Number: CLE522

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Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager (Elective)
Employees are often promoted in to management roles with little training in human resources, yet managing people is a primary responsibility on which their success depends. If managers do not understand employment laws and concepts such as ADAAA, FRA, implied contract, BFOQ, protected class, FLSA, or discrimination, they may be unintentionally placing  their employers at risk. In this course, managers will learn about federal and state employment laws as well as the importance of implementing effective HR practices from employee hiring through separation. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of maintaining a harassment-free, discrimination-free workplace. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 6; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration Fee: $209
Course Number: CLE530

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DDI Coaching for Peak Performance (Core)
Individuals need to take responsibility for addressing unacceptable performance or work habits that impact others and the organization, but leaders must know how to help them do it. This course helps leaders conduct effective improvement discussions and provide the feedback and ongoing support people need to improve performance. Leaders also learn a proven coaching process to ensure they identify coaching opportunities, provide needed coaching and support, observe performance, and measure results until desired outcomes are achieved. They learn how coaching for success benefits individuals, strengthens work groups, and supports and organization's objectives and priorities. Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 13; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE550

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Engaging and Retaining Talent (Elective)
Research tells us that employee engagement is an enabler behind successful execution of business strategy. It is up to the employee's leader to determine what drives an employee's engagement and to develop a strategy to provide such opportunities. When a leader develops these skills, talented employees are satisfied and retained. Leaders will learn to engage individuals daily, uncover and address what individuals need to be satisfied and engaged, inspire higher levels of engagement by acknowledging the value they bring to the organization and showing them they matter, and increasing the quality of conversations with people about their engagement and intent to stay. Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE553

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Driving Change (Elective)
This course helps leaders implement change in the workplace so they can avoid the problems that plague 70% of failed change initiatives. Driving Change provides the skills and resources leaders need to accelerate the process of implementing change with their team members and to create an agile work environment where people are more open to change. Leaders will learn how to use three change accelerators to turn resistance into commitment and inspire team members to take ownership of change. Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 3; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE551

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Making Effective Decisions (Elective)
Sounds decision making in today's tough business environment demands much  more than just coming up with or picking the best option. It requires analyzing potential problems or opportunities and making judgments based on the analysis. Participants will learn a decision-making process that begins with analysis, includes engaging the right people at the right time, and drives home the need for gaining support from other leaders and employees. Course is approved for 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 10; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE552

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Problem Solvers and Collaborators

New Certificate in Meeting Facilitation 
Participants will be introduced to the purpose of facilitation, the role of the facilitation, and the process skills and tools used by the facilitator to ensure that goals of the meeting are met and productive outcomes are achieved. Instructors will lead and demonstrate setting ground rules with groups, facilitating brainstorming sessions, and leading a S.W.O.T. analysis. Participants will learn how to handle diversity within the group and issues that can arise during the course of facilitation. Fee includes light breakfast. 

Instructors:Tammy Barnett and Pam Goedde
Dates and Times: 4 Fridays, October 23 and 30, November 6 and 13;  
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $279
Course Number: BUS630

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Simplex 1.0: Solving Complex Problems
The Simplex creative problem solving method is an excellent tool for teams of all sizes to use in solving problems and/or arriving at creative solutions to challenges they are facing. This method is not only used in the Evansville area but numerous companies and organizations, it is also used by Microsoft and other leading organizations. Participants will gain proficiency in applying the creative thinking skills of diverging, converging, and deferral of judgment and an understanding and skill in executing the innovation process. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Instructor: Gene Recker
Dates and Times: TBD
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration: $795
Course Number: BUS901

Simplex 2.0: Leading Others to Solve Complex Problems
Participants gain an understanding of effective team structures, models of team development and begin building proficiency and flexibility in leading the Simplex process. You will lean how to facilitate and support ongoing teams. The outcomes of this workshop include: an understanding of the role of the facilitator as process leader; facilitating teams to solve complex problems, traditional meetings, and one-on-one conversations. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch.

Simplex 1.0 Solving Complex Problems is a prerequisite for this course. 

Instructor: Gene Recker and Pamela Egbert
Dates and Times: Wednesday and Thursday, September 30 and October 1; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration: $795
Course Number: BUS902

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Maintenance Managers

Certificate in Maintenance Management
The Certificate in Maintenance Management, designed by a team of maintenance practitioners, is comprised of five sessions: moving from reactive to proactive maintenance, maintenance planning and scheduling process, preventative maintenance, inventory management and asset management. This certificate is appropriate for maintenance managers, supervisors, lead employees, and engineers. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Wayne Washington
Dates and Time:
 Tuesdays, September 22, 29 and October 6, 13 and 27; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration: $359
Course Number: MMC520

Facility Managers

NEW Certificate in Facility Management
As companies strive for the most efficient use of staff, business professionals are often now wearing multiple hats, many of which they have never worn before. Professionals who suddenly have responsibilities for managing facilities have much to learn to prepare for such a role. This course is designed to give business professionals the basic information and skills needed to manage facilities, a role which could include the following tasks: organizing and administering a department, managing buildings and work spaces, managing a budget, overseeing maintenance and operations, overseeing projects, leasing and purchasing property, facility emergency preparedness, facility security management, facility safety programs,and sustainability. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Byron Sanders and Wayne Washington
Dates and Times: 5 Tuesdays, November 3, 10, and 17 - December 1 and 8 (no class week of Thanksgiving); 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street,Evansville
Registration: $359
Course Number: BUS550

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Computer Users

Microsoft Project 2013
Is your organization considering implementing project management software? Do you need to manage projects more effectively? Do you need a method of communicating project timelines and deliverables to your customers or clients? This nine-hour course is designed to allow you to integrate Microsoft Project 2013 into your project management efforts. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: 3 Wednesdays, September 23 and 30, October 7;
6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $199
Course Number: CIS591

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Windows Level I
Learn about Windows operating system(versions 7), the Control Panel and its dozens of settings, and file management.

Instructor: Mark Soper
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 22; 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East Room 2229
Registration: $59
Course Number: CIS110

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Outlook Level I
Learn to use several components of this commonly-used communication application including email, calendar, and contacts. Participants will create and send email messages, review and respond to incoming messages, create folders for messages, delete unwanted/outdated messages, and more. They will also learn to view their calendars in different ways, create and edit appointments, and invite attendees to appointments. Creating, editing, and deleting contacts will be covered as well. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Date and Time: Thursday, September 24; 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East Room 2229
Registration: $59
Course Number: CIS112

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Internet Navigation Level I

Participants will learn the history and terminology of the Internet. They will be exposed to several different browsers and perform numerous searches. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 29; 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East Room 2229
Registration: $59
Course Number: CIS113

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Microsoft Word Level  I
During two sessions, participants will learn to create, open, modify, save and print documents. Participants will become familiar with Word's functionality via the quick access toolbar and ribbon. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday, October 6 and 8; 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $109
Course Number: CIS120

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Microsoft Word Level II
During two sessions, participants will learn to adjust default settings, use bullets and numbering, find/replace text and other editing tools, create tables, insert images and shapes, and create templates. Keyboard shortcuts will be introduced as well. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday, October 20 and 22; 1 - 4 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $129
Course Number: CIS221

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Microsoft Excel Level I
Two sessions will be dedicated to understanding spreadsheets, their purpose, their functionality, and the following tasks: creating a spreadsheet, entering data, modifying data, entering a formula, adjusting cells, formatting cells and spreadsheet, creating a table, and printing and saving spreadsheets.

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday, June 23 and 25; October 13 and 15; 6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $109
Course Number: CIS130

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Microsoft Excel Level II
Two sessions will be dedicated to learning the following Excel tasks: protecting spreadsheets, inserting formulas/functions, creating charts and using them in Word, formatting charts, adding comments, naming a range, finding/replacing data, sorting and filtering data, and inserting images, shapes, and SmartArt. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday, July 14 and 16;
October 27 and 29; 6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $129
Course Number: CIS231

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Microsoft Excel Level III
Two sessions will be dedicated to the experienced Excel user to learn advanced features such as dbase functions, advanced filter options, and macros. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday, November 10 and 12;
6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, room 2229
Registration: $139
Course Number: CIS331

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