Supervisory Management Certificate Program

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The Supervisory Management Certificate Program is designed for managers with supervisory responsibilities. The concepts and skills taught are also relevant to all who work with people in a team environment. Whether you own your own business, or work in an office, at an agency, in a health care facility, or manufacturing plant, you will find the seminars applicable in your environment.

To check for upcoming Supervisory Management seminars, see the brochure.

Spring brochure: 2022 Supervisory Management Brochure.pdf
Spring 2023 brochure coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions  

Our electives will be one day sessions this year.  The electives are scheduled two days back-to-back, but there are different topics on each day.  Participants may choose to attend just one day or both days.  A participant who is earning the certificate must have 6 days of electives.  The core seminars are four half-day sessions.  The fee for the core seminars is $489 each.  The fee for the electives is $249 each.  Discounts are available.*

Registration fee includes seminar, materials, and lunch (for all-day, in person sessions).  You can register for upcoming seminars through Events/Workshops, call our office at 608.785.8783, or send us a message.

*Discounts available:

Early Bird: If you register over 10 days in advance of the seminar, you can receive an Early Bird Discount. Use coupon code EB10.

3 or More Registrations:  Get a discount for registering 3 or more people from your organization or for registering for 3 or more seminars.  Use coupon code SM3+.  

One discount code applies per registration.  You may cancel or transfer your registration up to seven business days before the start date for a full refund. If you do not show or cancel the day of the event, you are responsible for the full fee. You may substitute another person for your registration at any time.  For additional information, call 608-785-8783.



These seminars provide an overview of management basics. They address the challenges you face as you make the transition into management and they lay a foundation for the other seminars.  Those working toward earning the Supervisory Management certificate must complete Supervisory Management One, Two, and Three along with six elective seminars.

Supervisory Management 1

Supervisory managers are uniquely positioned to influence and impact performance provided they have the right skills and knowledge.  Learn how you can make the transition to your new role smoother and less stressful.  Explore leadership styles, motivation techniques, and coaching strategies.  Instructor: Scott Dickmeyer

Dates TBD.



Supervisory Management 2

Leadership development resumes in four key areas (1) orienting people to your work unit; (2) understanding your communication behaviors; (3) managing time; and (4) using delegation as a development tool. We build on the leadership skills learned from Supervisory Management One and focus on maintaining a productive work group. Choose the session that best fits your busy schedule. Instructor: Scott Dickmeyer

Dates TBD.



Supervisory Management 3

Communicating clear, specific expectations to your people is critical to operational effectiveness. Giving feedback during day-to-day coaching sessions as well as during formal performance reviews is an essential skill. We discuss why there is resistance to performance assessment, how to establish job expectations and how to conduct productive coaching sessions.  Instructor: Scott Dickmeyer 

Dates TBD.



Supervisory Management Elective Seminars

We offer a variety of specialized seminars, each addressing a specific management concern. You may take any of these seminars prior to, during the same time frame, or after completing the required core seminars. Go to the Events/Workshops and specify Topic: Managing Employees, Time Range: One Year, and click Search.  

Names and dates for electives coming soon.  For an example of the types of electives that might be offered, see the spring 2022 brochure (link near the top of the page).