The College of Computing and Digital Media established the Institute for Professional Development in 1985 to offer certificate programs designed to meet the needs of both individuals and businesses in the Chicagoland area. These non-degree offerings provide intensive training in a wide variety of areas, with each standalone certificate program addressing a different set of theoretical concepts and practical skills.  Emphasis is placed on gaining practical experience through a combination of lectures and demonstrations complemented by laboratory exercises and homework assignments.  Certificate programs are typically taught by a team of instructors, that includes both full-time faculty and part-time instructors from industry.  The programs require a substantial commitment of time, as most meet two nights per week and in the morning on approximately half of the Saturdays during the program.

For a list of current certificate program offerings see