Workforce Development

How do Workforce Development Institute classes differ from traditional college classes?

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) offers non-credit training courses for students who need skills training, but do not need credit or a degree for that training. Students who successfully complete a WDI course earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and a Hudson Valley Community College WDI Certificate of Completion, (or Certificate of Participation, if there is no final exam or project).

What is different about taking a Workforce Development Institute course compared to a traditional credit-bearing course ?

    • Generally, workforce development courses are shorter in duration, ranging from eight to approximately 60 hours, and are designed to quickly prepare students for a specific job or career.
    • Most, but not all, of the classes are held in the evenings and on weekends.
    • The classes tend to be small, so there is more student-teacher interaction possible.
    • Instructors are usually currently employed and practicing in the field they are teaching.
    • Many of the courses entail a hands-on field practicum component in addition to classroom lectures.
    • Some courses are specifically designed to prepare students for an industry-specific exam, which is needed in order to work within that field.

Are there any special requirements?

The academic background needed in order to take Workforce Development Institute courses depends upon the specific course. This may include minimum reading or math levels, computer skills or other courses. These prerequisites will help ensure your success in the course, so please make sure you review the prerequisite information carefully. More details regarding prerequisites and minimum education requirements may be found in the course description. For specific information, go to and click on the course titles of your choice.

Where are Workforce Development Institute courses held?

    • In addition to our main campus in Troy, WDI courses may be held at our Jordan Road location in the Rensselaer Technology Park, our TEC-SMART facility in Malta, our Albany Extension Center at 175 Central Avenue, and a few other locations in the community, depending upon the availability of equipment and space.
    • Some courses are offered online but include in-person instructor interaction on a regularly scheduled basis. Others are online but are instructor-led, while still others are online but offer optional in-person workshops, lab classes or in the case of Pharmacy Technician, an internship experience.
    • There are also more than 40 online, independent self-study courses offered which allow up to six months for completion. New courses are added to our list as they become available.

Who takes Workforce Development Institute courses?

People of various ages and backgrounds take WDI courses, including those who:

  • Want to obtain short-term training so they can quickly enter the workforce.
  • Want to re-enter the workforce due to employment downsizing, change in personal goals or change in work requirements.
  • Want to add to their skill sets, broaden their knowledge and increase their marketability.
  • Want to prepare for career changes, career advancement opportunities or retirement goals.
  • Work for an employer who will pay their tuition for work-related training.

We also work on grants and contracts that allow us to work with special worker populations and the specific training requests of business clients.

Do I get college credit for taking Workforce Development Institute courses?

    • No, workforce development courses are non-credit and do not count towards a college degree. We do, however, provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Certificates of Completion from Hudson Valley’s Workforce Development Institute, as well as industry-related certifications for some courses.
    • Additionally, in some cases, taking workforce development courses can give you the educational background and experience needed to be considered for Life Experience credit toward one of the college’s credit-bearing certificate or degree programs. For example; the WDI photovoltaic coursework may be used as Liberal Arts elective credit in the credit-bearing PV certificate program.

When will I be expected to attend class?

WDI courses begin at all times of the year. Many are offered each semester. Please consult our schedule of upcoming courses at, to see which ones are of interest to you and fit into your schedule.

How do I find out about the Workforce Development Institute courses being offered?

You can see a full schedule of our upcoming courses at Click on the course you are interested in for a full course description and for more information on registering. You can also call (518) 629-7338.

How do I enroll in Workforce Development Institute courses?

Go to our Registration Information page for detailed information about how to register and pay online, by fax, mail, phone or in-person.

Do I have to take the Hudson Valley Community College Placement Test?

No. A placement test is not required to register for Workforce Development Institute’s non-credit courses.

Am I required to submit immunization records?

No. Since WDI courses are non-credit, you do not have to submit immunization records.

How much does it cost to take a WDI course?

Each course title listed on the main WDI webpage contains a link to its course description page, where you will find information regarding tuition costs for the specific courses you are interested in.

Do I need to apply for admission to the college to take a WDI course?


Do I need a Certificate of Residence for WDI courses?


Can I use financial aid for Workforce Development Institute courses?

    • These are non-credit courses and are ineligible for NYS TAP grants, Federal Pell grants or other FAFSA-related financial aid.
    • There may be other ways of obtaining tuition assistance, such as through your employer, your union, referral agencies or the local Department of Labor One-Stop Centers.
    • In some cases, a business, industry or funding source reimburses a portion of the cost of tuition to encourage students to become qualified, due to a worker shortage. Usually, you must pay your tuition first and document that you have completed the course in order to receive this benefit.

What kind of support services can I expect?

The college offers a variety of support services that are available to all students, regardless of whether they are taking credit or non-credit courses. Some services are available online, which is helpful if you are taking one of our courses at a location other then the main campus in Troy. To see what we have to offer and how we can best help you, please go to

Do these support services include help finding a job?

The Center for Careers and Transfer office can assist you with writing a resume, interviewing techniques and your job search. Their services are also available to students taking WDI courses.

How do I obtain textbooks?

Each course title listed on the main WDI webpage contains a link to its course description page, where you will find information about any books that may be required. If a book is required, it will be available at the college’s Viking’s Cove Bookstore, (518) 629-7157), located in the Siek Campus Center.

How do I get more information?

Please browse our webpages, call us at (518) 629-7338 or email