School of Extended and International Education Calls for Proposals for Skill-Based Non-Credit Certificates

The School of Extended & International Education is inviting all SSU Schools, the Library, SSU Information Technology, Athletics, and other SSU units to submit proposals for skill-based professional development certificates.

Non-Credit certificates can be earned on a part-time basis, evenings, weekends, and SSU special sessions. A certificate demonstrates that one has completed a planned, sequential program in a particular field and learned specific skills directly related to the workplace or other professional settings. The certificates are viewed by local and regional employers as demonstrating that a student or employee has acquired the necessary skills for a particular position or field of work.

The School of Extended and International Education’s programs, courses and workshops are designed to provide students with specialized skills for the individual’s application in the workplace or other professional settings. All non-credit certificates from Sonoma State University are valued in the workplace and other professional settings as timely, rigorous, having a specialized skill focus, and are respected as a certificate awarded from Sonoma State University – a member of the 23 campuses which make up the California State University System.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Some certificates may award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that are applied for specific training and retraining in various occupations. Certificates that earn CEUs are transcripted within the SSU PeopleSoft database, making these transcripts available to the student for validation of their professional skills.

Non-Credit (NC)

Non-Credit courses that make up certificates can be used for private and corporate entities in need of staff development. Successful completion of the classes that make up a non-credit certificate are awarded a “certificate of completion.” In non-credit certificates of completion it is the instructor who will maintain a roster of attendance and outcomes related to required skills.

Proposals Forms

Non-Credit Certificate proposal forms can be found at*A.

For further information, contact Londa Leveroni (, Director of Non-Credit Programs. School of Extended and International Education.