Professional Development

UWF is committed to empowering each individual we serve with knowledge and opportunities to contribute responsibly and creatively to a complex world. Professional Development Programs offered by Human Resources meet this value by offering a wide variety of courses.


Workshops offered by the Professional Development team provide specific procedural and technical training. These trainings cover the areas of university policy and procedures, supervisory and interpersonal skills development and personal improvement. With appropriate supervisory approval, employees are encouraged to attend professional development. Hours spent are considered regular work hours. Registration priority is given to full-time University Work Force employees. 

Request for Educational Leave with Pay (when funded)

Full-time University Work Force or Faculty employees with three (3) or more years of continuous service with UWF may apply for educational leave. Educational leave programs are announced to staff each spring. Educational leave may be taken in one semester of full-time school attendance with no work requirements or two semesters of half-time school attendance with half-time work requirements. This is an excellent educational opportunity to earn your full salary, accrue leave, and pursue your educational goals. When funding is available, the Educational Leave with Pay program can be requested by using this form‌.‌

Request for Professional Development

The Professional Development team in Human Resources is looking for ways to develop new professional development opportunities for the campus community. We are committed to providing professional development to help our employees learn necessary skills, become more efficient, and experience professional and personal growth. If you, or a representative from your department, would like to be a presenter and develop a professional development course in your area of expertise and have the professional development advertised in the Human Resources Professional Development calendar, please complete the Request for Professional Development Form. This form should be completed no later than the 20th of each month in order to be advertised in the next month’s Professional Development Calendar.

Mandatory University Professional Development

Knowledge Worker (FERPA)

  • Required for every UWF Employees
  • You may access this course via SCOOP (MyUWF)

Harassment & Discrimination Prevention

  • Required every 2 years for all University Work Force, Faculty and, Other Personnel Support (OPS) employees
  • You may access this course via SCOOP (MyUWF)

Protection of Vulnerable Persons (Child Abuse)

Your department may also have specific required training, some or all may be found in SCOOP.  Please see your department DisRep for assistance if you cannot access the training in SCOOP.

For more information contact LaBratta Epting at 850-474-2292.

 Verification of Professional Development Program Completion Form

Upon completion of the required courses for any of the certificate programs, the participant must complete a Verification of Professional Development Program Completion Form and submit it to Human Resources to receive a certificate.

Human Resources Certificate Programs


Certificate in Leadership & Management

The Certificate in Leadership and Management program will help maximize the leadership qualities you already possess while allowing you to cultivate new strengths through education and training.

Certificate in Leadership & Management

Certificate in Compliance

The Certificate in Compliance Program is designed to educate UWF employees on compliance issues as they relate to various areas of the university. Such as, best practices, actions regarding federal and state laws governing the University, and policies that relate to their work environment.

Certificate in Compliance

Certificate in Administrative Services

The Certificate in Administrative Services is a program designed to offer courses which will develop employees’ skills in the areas of administrative processes and procedures as they relate to the university.

Certificate in Administrative Services

Additional Certificate Programs


Intro to Budget Trainee

Participants must complete all three budget courses within a two year period to earn a Intro to Budget Trainee.

Intro to Budget Trainee

Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency

A participant must complete the Core Course, as well as five additional courses of this series, within a two year period to earn a certificate and be honored at the annual Office of Equity Diversity & International Affairs OEDIA Awards ceremony in April of each year.

Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency

Certificate in Event Planning

The Certificate in Event Planning consists of a series of courses designed to provide employees with information related to event planning on UWF campuses.

Certificate in Event Planning

Health and Fitness Certificate Programs


Certificate in Fit Ready

Want to start a healthy lifestyle but not sure where to begin? Ever feel like if you knew more about Recreation's Fitness/Wellness program offerings and fitness, in general, you'd be more inclined to participate? Now is your opportunity to learn everything you need to know to start your fitness journey.

Certificate in Fit Ready

Healthier U

Health and wellness is a life-long journey. HEALTHIER U! programs and services allow you the flexibility to choose your own way to wellness, focusing on the goals that are most important to you.

Healthier U

Your Financial Future Roadmap


Financial Planning Series

A Guide to Planning for Tomorrow

The Financial Planning Series is seven two-hour informational programs designed to help you plan for your financial future. Spouses are also invited to attend. Please go online to the HR Professional Development Reservation Desk as early as possible to enroll in classes.

SESSIONS

  • When Employment Income Fades: Social Security & Medicare
  • Using the Florida Retirement System to Plan for Your Retirement
  • A Different Kind of Savings Plan: Deferred Compensation
  • Protecting Your Family’s Future: Estate Planning
  • Medicare Made Easy
  • Investing 101: 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuities & the Optional Retirement Program (ORP)
  • Financing & Planning Your Benefits Transition to Retirement

For additional information on your specific retirement needs contact Jeff Comeau, Associate Director in Human Resources, at 850-474-2610 or jcomeau@uwf.edu.  You may also contact Adrian Rowley, Senior Human Resources Specialist, at 850-474-2604 or arowley@uwf.edu or Elsie Rivera, Human Resources Specialist, at 850-474-2921 or erivera@uwf.edu. To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, call the ADA Office at 850.474.2518 or TTY 850.857.6114.