Leadership Certification of Completion

The Leadership Development Certification Program gives all college personnel the opportunity to develop leadership skills and advance their professional development, leading to a Certification of Completion.

The Center for Effective Teaching created the Leadership Development Certification Program to give all college personnel the opportunity to develop leadership skills and advance their professional development, leading to a Certification of Completion. The Leadership Development Certification Program allows participants the opportunity to customize their coursework to meet their areas of interest.

In order to complete the Leadership Development Certification Program, participants will need to complete six hours of training in each of the three topic areas, as shown below. Participants earn the certification upon the successful completion of a total of 18 training hours.

Substitutions for CET courses, such as discipline-specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and classes, will be considered satisfactory for completion of one-half or 50 percent of the course requirement in each of the three topic areas. Permission for substitutions is requested through the department chairperson or supervisor. Certification program courses are designed by in-house faculty and other academic professionals and are offered throughout the academic year.

Topic Areas

College Policies and Legal Issues

Understanding the environment is a key to good decision-making that protects the individual and the institution. College policies and education law are central to state funded institutions, and understanding their applications and implications is critical for college personnel.

Suggested topics include:

  • Copyright Regulations
  • Plagiarism
  • Right to Privacy Act/FERPA
  • College Academic Policies
  • Legal Issues and the Academic Institution
  • Unions and Contracts
  • State and Federal Regulations

Administration and Management

Campus administrators are routinely called on to be specialists in their areas, and also generalists for the campus at large. Administrative tasks can range from relatively simple, independent tasks to complex, collaborative projects, often in the course of one day. Workshops in this area will focus on becoming adept at managing time, tasks, and using campus resources effectively.

Suggested topics include:

  • Budgeting
  • Specific Technology: Banner, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Multi-tasking
  • Grant Writing
  • Goal Setting
  • Project Management
  • Supervisory Skills

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills are the foundation of good leadership. Awareness of self and others is a necessary competency for those who are entrusted to supervise and lead others in an organization.

Suggested topics include:

  • Communicating Effectively
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decision Making
  • Team Building
  • Coaching Skills
  • Leadership Theory
  • Leadership Styles
  • Supervision
  • Presentation and Platform Skills


Who is eligible to take the courses?
All full- and part-time Hudson Valley and EOC employees may participate at no cost except for materials, if needed.

What will the Certification of Completion entail?
To earn a Certification of Completion, participants will complete a total of 18 training hours — six from each of the key areas (College Policies and Legal Issues, Administration and Management, and Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Effectiveness). Courses will be listed on the CET Web page and will be offered regularly. Each course will have substantial content — delivered in person, via the Web, or in a combination determined by the instructor. Participants who have completed the requirements for the Certification should notify the Center for Effective Teaching by sending an e-mail to cet@hvcc.edu. Those who earn a Certification of Completion will be recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation.

How will courses and instructors be chosen?
The Center for Effective Teaching will accept course proposals from potential instructors. Courses that meet professional development needs, as set forth by the CET, will be included as part of the Certification program. Employees interested in developing courses are encouraged to submit a Workshop/Course Proposal.

How will I know which courses may be applied towards the Certificate of Completion?
Applicable courses will be clearly identified as eligible courses in their descriptions. Upcoming Workshops and Course

May I apply other training to the Certification?
Substitutions for CET courses, such as discipline specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and courses, will be accepted to satisfy up to 50 percent of each Certification key area category, subject to approval by the participant’s department chair or supervisor.

Will a Certification of Completion guarantee career advancement for me?
While the Certification of Completion will be an excellent addition to your resume or teaching portfolio, individual departments at Hudson Valley Community College determine their own needs and qualifications for advancement.

Get in Touch

Center for Effective Teaching
Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Room 1042