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From Certificate Seeker to Competitive Advantage in Four Days

Boost Your Résumé • Advance Your Career • Learn from UT Austin’s Top Faculty

HDO Certificate Programs consist of four single-day courses led by top UT Austin faculty.

 
Each course in your program is designed to equip you with immediately applicable skills, broadened perspectives, and expanded expertise in your chosen concentration area.

These programs are built on strong academic fundamentals and will enhance the portfolios of mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, non-profit, government, or military sectors.

HDO Certificate seekers are professionals aiming to advance in their current organization, deepen their capacities to excel in their existing role, or develop additional skills for a transition to a new position.

All Certificate seekers are eligible to join the HDO Professional Training Alumni Network upon completion of their program.

Personalize your professional development by selecting one of four concentration area options.

 
As an HDO Certificate Seeker, you may choose one of four concentration areas to help you meet your professional development goals:

  • Organizational Improvement (OI)
  • Personal Leadership (PL)
  • Strategic Thinking (ST)
  • Language & Leadership (LL)

We have designed HDO Certificate Programs to be flexible. Earning your Certificate requires completing three courses in your chosen concentration area, while your fourth course may be an elective from any concentration.

 


As a professional, I don’t always have time for continuing education, and frankly, much of it goes ‘in one ear and out the other.’ HDO seminars are different: You learn tangible, applicable, and very relevant tools and techniques. The way I look at the work I do has changed since the completion of my Certificate Program and the impact on my overall effectiveness has been substantial.

Rachel Fox, Senior IT Manager, HP


HDO Certificate Programs

Earning Your Certificate is Simple


You will earn your HDO Certificate after completing four one-day courses. Three of these courses must be from your chosen concentration area, while the fourth may be from any concentration. You may view/download course descriptions for each Certificate concentration area here.

Please note: Each concentration area is associated with more than four applicable courses. This is designed to allow you to choose courses that most directly align with your professional development goals.

Take courses at your own pace: There is no time limit in which you must complete your certificate. HDO runs 20-24 Certificate Program courses per year so that all certificate seekers can complete their program in two months or less, if they desire. After you register for a Certificate Program, HDO staff will contact you with information related to upcoming courses in your concentration area of choice. All courses run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and are held on the UT Austin campus.

Previous HDO Seminar Participants: If you have already completed one or more of HDO’s one-day courses and would like to apply those courses to a Certificate Program, please contact HDO staff to discuss course and cost options.

The Organizational Improvement concentration area prepares participants to:

  • Influence decision-making and productively manage change
  • Be more capable and ethical leaders
  • Reduce instances of and minimize the impact of human error
  • Organize and run meetings to ensure productive outcomes
  • Maintain strategic direction during times of adversity and/or transition
  • Understand individual and group motivations
Applicable One-Day Courses:


The Personal Leadership concentration area prepares participants to:

  • Effectively manage projects to increase productivity
  • Creatively conceptualize issues and solve problems
  • Achieve a state of immersed involvement, or flow
  • Identify individual and team-level interests and strengths
  • Organize and run meetings to ensure productive outcomes
  • Think more strategically to enhance creativity and productivity
  • Communicate effectively, especially in relation to project management
  • Produce more persuasive and engaging written communication
Applicable One-Day Courses:


The Strategic Thinking concentration area prepares participants to:

  • Influence decision-making and productively manage change
  • Creatively conceptualize issues and solve problems
  • Achieve a state of immersed involvement, or flow
  • Reduce instances of and minimize the impact of human error
  • Think more strategically to enhance creativity and productivity
  • Understand individual and group motivations
Applicable One-Day Courses:


The Language & Leadership concentration area prepares participants to:

  • Effectively manage projects to increase productivity
  • Be more capable and ethical leaders
  • Identify individual and team-level interests and strengths
  • Embrace the power of storytelling for professional success
  • Understand personal and group motivations
  • Communicate effectively, especially in relation to project management
  • Maintain strategic direction during times of adversity and/or transition
  • Produce more persuasive and engaging written communication
Applicable One-Day Courses:


Certificate Program Enrollment

» One-Time Payment Option

Please Note: This form is for payment for via credit card only. If you would like to pay via check or Interdepartmental Transfer (IDT valid for UT Austin employees only), please contact HDO staff.


Certificate Program Enrollment

» Installment Plan Option

Please Note: This form is for payment for via credit card only. If you would like to pay via check or Interdepartmental Transfer (IDT valid for UT Austin employees only), please contact HDO staff.


Information for Out-of-Town Participants

For Certificate Program participants coming in for courses from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance.HDO recommends the following hotels:

HDO works with these venues on a regular basis. If you need assistance selecting a hotel, please contact Jessica Crawford, HDO's Senior Administrative Associate at 512-232-7343 or jessica.crawford@austin.utexas.edu.

On-campus parking is covered for all participants for the day of their seminar. For transit information, please visit Capital Metro's website.

 

 
 


Certificate Program Testimonials

 

HDO’s Certificate Program provided me an opportunity to learn from dynamic professors and network with various industry professionals in the pursuit of being a better leader, driven by the desire to achieve operational excellence, all while trying to understand people, behaviors, and motivations. I found this experience truly enlightening.

Brian L. Robbins, Director of Operations Management at Life Care Services

 

Through HDO’s Certificate Program, I gained the ability to better understand and manage change in my organization, particularly while leading our current restructuring. In the courses I took and discussions with fellow participants—all from a wide range of sectors—my eyes and ears were opened to the similarity of the issues and challenges we’re all facing. Overall, I learned to view organizational change as a creative process that provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Susan Seet, Chief Program Technical Officer at Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications

 

I’ve been in Executive Management for over 20 years. The courses I took in the HDO program helped me to gain a fresh perspective on management; specifically, on how people work. I highly recommend taking a seminar or obtaining a certification in this program.

Dorothy A. Benavidez, Executive Vice President, CRAssociates, Inc.

 

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