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Foundations of Management Certificate

Make the transition from individual contributor to manager with the UW–Madison Foundations of Management Certificate. Gain the skills to motivate teams, influence stakeholders, leverage resources, and meet strategic goals.


Is this program right for you?

Make the transition from individual contributor to manager with the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development Foundations of Management Certificate. Gain the skills to motivate teams, influence stakeholders, leverage resources, and meet strategic goals.
Is this program right for you?

The Foundations of Management Certificate offered by the Center for Professional & Executive Development helps those who are new to managing people, expect to become a manager soon, or simply want to brush up your management skills. You’ll come away with a new set of tools to tackle your upcoming goals.

The programs include self-assessments, case studies, peer-to-peer learning, and action plans to improve individual and team performance that you can implement immediately at work. You learn either online or in a full-day, in-person environment with students from diverse backgrounds and instructors who combine academic rigor with practical experience.

Core programs help you master the essential conversations and problem-solving necessary for getting the best out of your team. Learn how to sharpen your communication and facilitation skills, and how to adopt a coaching mindset to improve employee motivation. Then, complete one elective program to best meet your professional development needs.

The Foundations of Management Certificate helps you grow from an employee who does good work to a manager who can get good work out of a team.

Is this program right for you?

Make the transition from individual contributor to manager with the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development Foundations of Management Certificate. Gain the skills to motivate teams, influence stakeholders, leverage resources, and meet strategic goals.
Is this program right for you?

The Foundations of Management Certificate offered by the Center for Professional & Executive Development helps those who are new to managing people, expect to become a manager soon, or simply want to brush up your management skills. You’ll come away with a new set of tools to tackle your upcoming goals.

The programs include self-assessments, case studies, peer-to-peer learning, and action plans to improve individual and team performance that you can implement immediately at work. You learn either online or in a full-day, in-person environment with students from diverse backgrounds and instructors who combine academic rigor with practical experience.

Core programs help you master the essential conversations and problem-solving necessary for getting the best out of your team. Learn how to sharpen your communication and facilitation skills, and how to adopt a coaching mindset to improve employee motivation. Then, complete one elective program to best meet your professional development needs.

The Foundations of Management Certificate helps you grow from an employee who does good work to a manager who can get good work out of a team.

Registration information

How you'll learn

  • Each program is offered multiple times per year and many programs are offered in-person and online.
  • Programs may be taken individually to meet business needs.

Sample curriculum

Core Programs (complete all)

  • Manager Boot Camp (1 week in person or 13 weeks online)
  • Managing Teams Effectively
  • Coaching and Motivating in the Workplace

Elective Programs (complete one)

  • Change Management
  • Effective Negotiations in the Workplace
  • Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control
  • Business Process Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma and Performance Metrics

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