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Professional Development Institute: FAQs

Professional Development


  • General Professional Development
  • Online Training
  • Mandatory Training
  • Transcripts of Completed Training
  • Conference Funding

Frequently Asked Questions

General Professional Development

How do I register for Professional Development?
Instructions for registering for events are included with each announcement we sent out. Registration for most of our events is handled through the Intranet, but other events require a different method. Check the announcement to find the method you should use.

I learned about this cool topic, and I would like to do a presentation, what do I do?
Let us know if you have a topic you would like to present. We will set things up for you and advertise the event. Send us an email with the title of the presentation, a short description, name of the presenter/s and title/s, length of session, general dates and times you would like to present, and any technology needs you may have for the training room. We will get back with you to work out the details. Even if you just want to present to a small, specific group, let us know so we can ensure everyone gets credit for presenting or attending.

I want to suggest a specific professional development topic. Do you take requests?
Yes! We prefer to offer training that fits the needs of faculty and staff, so any recommendations you give are taken seriously. We ask that you provide as detailed information as possible so we can put together something that fits. For example, if tell us you want a training on communication, we will ask you to clarify. Do you want a training on communicating with students, conflict resolution, professional email, telephone etiquette, business writing, etc.?

We do training within the department. Can we get credit for that?
Yes! We need to know in advance of the training. We also need the specifics (title, description, presenter, date, times, location, etc.) so we can enter the information into the database. The training does not have to be open to the entire campus.

Online Training

How do I sign up for online access to training?
In order to meet the needs of our employees, we offer a wide variety of training online. CTE Online is aimed at faculty development, Leadership Online is aimed at leadership development, and PDI Online is general staff development that applies to everyone. Each of these courses has its own web page, with information on the modules available and instructions for registering for access. Keep in mind that access is not automatic, and new students are usually not added until the end of the month. New users will receive an email with information on how to access the online course.

I signed up for access to online training. Why haven’t I received anything?
Access to the online courses is not instant. Generally, we add people at the end of the month. Once you have been added, you will be sent a “Welcome” email with instructions for accessing the content. If you want access or even think you might want access during the year, sign up now. By registering early, you will be added to the course and will be able to complete training anything within the year.

Where do I find the online training once I get access?
You will receive a Welcome email with specific instructions for accessing the course. Having said that, once you have been added to one of the courses, you can access it by logging into the campus portal, clicking on the Blackboard link in the navigation bar at the left, then clicking on your course under “My Organizations.”

Mandatory Training

Which training is mandatory?
A list of mandatory training can be found on the Mandatory Training page. Information is updated as needed and the page includes links and information.

Are part-time faculty and staff required to complete mandatory training? What about student workers?
All employees, part- or full-time are required to complete all mandatory training, which is available online and can be taken at a time and place most convenient.

I took the Mandated Reporter training. What do I do with the certificate?
Save the file as PDF (not HTML) and email it to We will see that it is recorded in our training database and forwarded to Human Resources. The Mandatory Training page has more complete instructions.

What is the deadline for completing mandatory training?
The training cycle begins with the fiscal year, July 1 and ends on December 31 every year. 

What is the difference between mandatory and required training?
Mandatory training is training that all employees must complete. This training is mandated by state and federal law or college policy. Required training is training that is required for specific employees, based on their roles. For example, all employees who have access to student accounts are required to complete Identity Theft Prevention training annually.

Transcripts of Completed Training

How can I find out what training I have completed this year?
At this time, we do not have a way for you to look online to check to see what you have completed. You could create an electronic sticky note and record your training as you complete it, or you could record your own attendance in your calendar. Official transcripts are kept in PDI, so you have to contact Mary Gall, training coordinator, ( and ask her to send you your transcript.

Conference Funding

Will PDI pay for me to go to a conference?
Depending on the current budget, you may be eligible for conference (or other training) funding through the Professional Development Institute. The form, instructions, and other information on conference funding can be found on the Conference Funding Request page. Please note that funding is limited and is not automatically awarded for all requests. Please read the policies for limitations and restrictions.

What policies do I need to know about conference funding?

  1. PDI will not fund conference travel for the same person in consecutive years.
  2. PDI funding is limited to two people for the same conference.
  3. Funding is limited to up to $2,000 per person. Anything over $2,000 will have to be covered by the department or the traveler.
  4. Each grantee is expected to present at least one professional development session through PDI once training is complete.
  5. Incomplete funding requests will be sent back to the originator.

Can I co-present with someone who went to the same conference as I did? You can, but we still require a different presentation for each traveler.

I don’t want to go to a conference, but I would like to access online training. Is funding available for other types of training?
Yes. Use the Conference Funding Request form to complete your request, but let us know the details of the training you are interested in. Please note that we do not pay for non-training items, such as materials for your classroom or a new computer.

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