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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.

Online Professional Development

The LinkedIn Learning Platform is free and available to faculty and staff. This leading online learning company helps employees learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Online professional development is available for UWF’s employees. Please visit the Professional Development Learning Library or your SCOOP account for more information. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) also offers monthly webinars on a variety of topics such as communication, stress management, coping skills, parenting, relationships, healthy living and more. Each webinar is one hour, which includes the presentation and allotted time for questions and answers. You may also click on the "Sign up for a Webinar" at the bottom of the page to sign up. Your user name is UWF and the password is UWF.

UWF's Recreation has put together some at-home workout routines on their Facebook page. There is also a prerecorded meditation video posted for your enjoyment. Please visit their page to view the workouts.

Mandatory University Professional Development

Knowledge Worker (FERPA)

  • Required for every UWF Employee
  • 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)

Kognito At-Risk Training

  • This training is not mandatory, but highly encouraged
  • You may access this course via SCOOP (MyUWF)

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 Lynne Randall at or 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

Intro to Budget training provides information on the general budget process at UWF, as well budget transfers.

Intro to Budget Trainee

Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency - Temporarily on Hold

The Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency is temporarily on hold.

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

Certificate in Virtual Event Planning

The Certificate in Virtual Event Planning is a professional development program designed to provide UWF employees with the knowledge and skills needed to plan and host virtual events.

Certificate in Virtual Event Planning

Certificate in Executive Event Planning

The Certificate in Executive Event Planning will provide employees the opportunity to learn the nuances of hosting executive level events.

Certificate in Executive Event Planning

Health and Fitness Certificate Program

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.

To register for Healthier U! Workshops, please visit the Professional Development Learning Library located under Featured Links.

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 Learning Library as early as possible to enroll in classes.


  • 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 Jamie Sprague, Associate Vice President in Human Resources, at 850-474-2694 or To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, call the ADA Office at 850.474.2694 or TTY 850.857.6114.