Supervisory Management Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate?

This seminar series is for managers with supervisory responsibility including, but not limited to: manufacturing plant managers and supervisors, government agency administrators, medical clinic managers, office managers, doctors and lawyers with office staff and educational administrators.

What are the benefits to my employees? To myself?

  • Higher productivity and higher morale
  • Less time spent on "people problems" (hurt feelings, dueling egos, power struggles)
  • More time spent on problem identification and resolution
  • Lower costs due to lower turnover
  • Greater employee job satisfaction


How do I earn the Supervisory Management Certificate?

You receive the certificate upon completion of three core seminars and 6 days of electives. Three core seminars are required: Supervisory Management One, Supervisory Management Two, and Supervisory Management Three. We strongly recommend that you take the required seminars in sequence. Three two-day or six one day (or any combination equaling 6 days) specialized management elective courses of your choice are also required. You have five years to complete the course requirements. If COVID-19 has affected your five year timeframe, contact the SBDC at 

What are the costs?

The core seminars are $489 per person per seminar and the electives are $249 per person per seminar.  Some discounts apply. 

Fees include materials, instruction, and luncheons (for all-day, in person seminars). 


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

Type of Registration Fee Coupon Code
Early Bird, Core Seminar $449 EB10
Early Bird, Elective $229 EB10
3 or More Registrations, Core Seminars $429 each SM3+
3 or More Registrations, Electives $214.50 each SM3+

Is the seminar in person or online?

For the fall 2021 and spring 2022, the core seminars will be in a hybrid format. The first three sessions will be online from Noon - 3:00 p.m. There will be one hour of unscheduled work time to work on assignments. The fourth session is in person from either 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or from Noon - 4:00 p.m.; you can submit a request to attend online, if needed.

For the electives, you will have a choice of attending in person or online.  The confirmation email will include the log in information if you plan to attend online, and the parking and room information if you plan to attend in person.  The electives are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Note: Due to changing situations with COVID-19, the in person sessions might become online only. If that happens, details will be included in the confirmation email.  If circumstances arise to change how you need to attend (other than in person), contact the SBDC at or call 608.785.8782.

How do I register?

You may register online, by phone, or by mail.

Register online:

Click here, specify Topic: Managing Employees, Time Range: One Year, and click Search. There will be a Register button next to the seminar name.

Register by phone:
Call the SBDC at 608.785.8783 to register. If you wish to register over the phone you will be invoiced; we cannot accept credit card information over the phone.

Register by mail:
Send a letter with your contact information along with the name and date of the seminar(s) you wish to attend.  You can request an invoice or you can send a check payable to UW-La Crosse.  Mail the registration to:

UW-La Crosse
Small Business Development Center
1725 State Street, 1101 Wittich Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601

Additional Questions?

For any additional questions about the University of Wisconsin Supervisory Management Certificate Program, please contact the UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center at 608.785.8783 or