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HDO Certificate Programs equip you with immediately applicable skills, broadened perspectives, and expanded expertise.

 
Built on strong academic fundamentals and real-world relevance, our programs are designed to enhance the portfolios of mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, non-profit, government, or military sectors.

Over the course of four single-day courses you will gain new tools and knowledge to accelerate your career, whether your goal is advancing in your current organization, deepening your capacities to excel in your existing role, or developing additional skills for a transition to a new position.

HDO Certificate Program participants come from a diverse range of industries and professional backgrounds. The key unifying element among our participants is their recognition that a better understanding of people, including ourselves, is essential for personal and organizational improvement.

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

From Certificate Seeker to Competitive Advantage in Four Days

Personalize your professional development: Choose your preferred concentration option and a custom set of courses to meet your goals

 
As an HDO Certificate Seeker, you may choose one of four concentration options 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 option, while your fourth course may be an elective from any concentration.

Take courses at your own pace. There is no time limit in which you must complete your program.

Questions? Please contact HDO Staff with any questions regarding HDO’s Certificate Programs.

 


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 option, while the fourth may be from any concentration.

Please note: Although each concentration area is associated with 6-8 applicable courses, earning your HDO Certificate only requires completing four courses. We offer a diverse range of applicable courses in each concentration option so that you may choose the 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 22-25 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.

Time & Location: All courses run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and are held on the UT Austin campus. Most courses take place on Fridays, with some running on Thursdays.

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.

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

Organizational Improvement   Personal Leadership

Strategic Thinking   Language & Leadership
The Organizational Improvement concentration option 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
Please note: Although each concentration option is associated with 6-8 applicable courses, earning your HDO Certificate only requires completing four courses. We offer a diverse range of applicable courses in each concentration so that you may choose the courses that most directly align with your professional development goals.

Applicable One-Day Courses
Behavior Change & Influence
Ethics, Culture, and Leadership
Fulfillment in the Workplace
Human Error: Engineering it Away
Human Performance Improvement
Making Meetings Matter
Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Understanding & Balancing Motivations

The Personal Leadership concentration option 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
Please note: Although each concentration option is associated with 6-8 applicable courses, earning your HDO Certificate only requires completing four courses. We offer a diverse range of applicable courses in each concentration so that you may choose the courses that most directly align with your professional development goals.

Applicable One-Day Courses
Achieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals
Flourishing in the Workplace
Fulfillment in the Workplace
Making Meetings Matter
Maximizing Mental Agility
Writing Persuasive Business Proposals
Working Successfully with Your Client

The Strategic Thinking concentration option 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
Please note: Although each concentration option is associated with 6-8 applicable courses, earning your HDO Certificate only requires completing four courses. We offer a diverse range of applicable courses in each concentration so that you may choose the courses that most directly align with your professional development goals.

Applicable One-Day Courses
Behavior Change & Influence
Flourishing in the Workplace
Human Error: Engineering it Away
Human Performance Improvement
Maximizing Mental Agility
Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Understanding & Balancing Motivations

The Language & Leadership concentration option 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
Please note: Although each concentration option is associated with 6-8 applicable courses, earning your HDO Certificate only requires completing four courses. We offer a diverse range of applicable courses in each concentration so that you may choose the courses that most directly align with your professional development goals.

Applicable One-Day Courses
Achieving Balance: Time Management for Modern Professionals
Ethics, Culture, and Leadership
Fulfillment in the Workplace
Organizational Leadership & Strategy in Uncertain Times
Understanding & Balancing Motivations
Writing Persuasive Business Proposals
Working Successfully with Your Client

Certificate Program Enrollment

» One-Time Payment Option

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


Certificate Program Enrollment

» Installment Plan Option

Please Note: This form is for payment via credit/debit card only. If you would like to pay by Interdepartmental Transfer (UT Austin employees only) or check, 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 transit information, please visit Capital Metro's website.

Teams and individuals from over 200 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations have participated in HDO Professional Training, including:

 
 


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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