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Technical Leadership

Build your leadership skills and learn how to transition from an applied, technically focused job to a management role in your organization with the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional & Executive Development’s Technical Leadership Certificate program.


Is this program right for you?

You have the applied skills as an engineer or technical professional that bring value to your organization, and now you want to develop yourself as a manager and leader. The Technical Leadership Certificate program builds the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to prepare for the next chapter in your career.

The Technical Leadership Certificate program, offered by the UW–Madison College of Engineering’s Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs in cooperation with the Center for Professional and Executive Development, provides innovative management training for technical professionals transitioning into managerial and leadership roles.

Learn about capital budgeting, coaching and mentoring, intellectual property issues, managing technical teams, process improvement and more through your classroom experience. You select six courses from a list of 11 possible course options, enabling you to tailor your curriculum to your individual needs. Program content is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure that it meets the changing demands placed on leaders in today’s global economy.

Is this program right for you?

You have the applied skills as an engineer or technical professional that bring value to your organization, and now you want to develop yourself as a manager and leader. The Technical Leadership Certificate program builds the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to prepare for the next chapter in your career.

The Technical Leadership Certificate program, offered by the UW–Madison College of Engineering’s Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs in cooperation with the Center for Professional and Executive Development, provides innovative management training for technical professionals transitioning into managerial and leadership roles.

Learn about capital budgeting, coaching and mentoring, intellectual property issues, managing technical teams, process improvement and more through your classroom experience. You select six courses from a list of 11 possible course options, enabling you to tailor your curriculum to your individual needs. Program content is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure that it meets the changing demands placed on leaders in today’s global economy.

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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 (choose six)

  • Business Acumen and Strategy
  • Business Process Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma and Performance Metrics
  • Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Professionals
  • How to Influence Without Direct Authority
  • New Product Development and Innovation
  • Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control
  • Defining and Managing Business Requirements
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Technical Leaders
  • Critical Conversations
  • Effectively Managing Technical Teams
  • Financial Acumen for the Engineer
  • Leadership Beyond Your Team: Managing Up and Across
  • Mastering the Transition from Technical Expert to Manager
  • Principles of Engineering Project Management

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