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Professional Training: Frequently Asked Questions

Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) at UT Austin offers multiple Professional Training options, including One-Day Seminars, Four-Day Certificate Programs, and Group Training Options.

HDO Seminars and Certificate Programs are open-enrollment and held on the UT Austin campus, while Custom Training Programs are developed specifically for organizations and can be held on campus, at your organization, or at an off-site location.

Below you will find a list of common questions related to HDO’s Professional Training Programs. You may also view/download the HDO Professional Training brochure here. If you have additional questions, please contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator at miles.husid@utexas.edu / 512-232-4407.

General Questions

Who should participate in an HDO Professional Training program?

The majority of participants in our Seminars and Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. For course-specific information, please see the Who Should Attend tab located on each seminar page.

If you have questions related to group participation in HDO Professional Training, please see the “I have a group of people interested in HDO Professional Training. How can we participate?” section below.

Our Custom Training Programs are developed in coordination with your organization and are tailored to your specific needs, including the experience level(s) of selected participants.

Teams and individuals from over 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies have participated in HDO Professional Training programs, including:

  • Dell
  • Google
  • Austin Independent School District (AISD)
  • Humana
  • Texas Mutual Insurance Company
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • NASA
  • Deloitte
  • MD Anderson
  • Frost Bank
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Apple
  • Cisco
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  • Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
  • Seton Healthcare
  • USAA
  • and many others

In addition, many training participants are small business owners, freelancers, and/or work as independent consultants.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participating in HDO Professional Training?

Yes! You will earn 0.7 CEUs for each one-day seminar (seven hours of instruction) that you complete. You will earn 2.8 CEUs for each four-day certificate program (28 hours of instruction) that you complete.

How often does each course run?

Each HDO One-Day Seminar and Certificate Program course typically runs at least twice per year. HDO can also organize a custom run of any course(s) for your team or organization. Please visit our Group Training Options page or contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at miles.husid@utexas.edu / 512-232-4407 for more information regarding this option.

Do HDO Professional Training programs require any pre- or post-course work?

Faculty leaders may provide participants with pre- and post-course work to prepare participants for the course and to reinforce the content presented in the course, respectively. Given that most HDO training participants are busy professionals, any pre-course work will be kept to a minimum. All pre- and post-course work is optional, but highly recommended.

Custom Training Programs include pre-program surveys and light readings to prepare participants for their upcoming training. Post-program exercises and readings will be provided to reinforce lessons learned in the training program.

What is the Nonprofit Accelerators Program?

Each semester, several individuals working in the nonprofit sector will be selected to attend one of our four-day certificate programs free-of-charge. These “Nonprofit Accelerators” will be full participants in their selected program and will receive a certificate upon completion of their final course. You can learn more and apply here.

How many people participate in each course?

HDO One-Day Seminars and Certificate Program courses typically have between 12-25 participants in class. Faculty leaders may limit or expand the number of participants in their course in accordance with their teaching methodology; however, we rarely go above 25 participants so as to not prohibit small group work and individualized attention.

Once the maximum number of participants for a course has been reached, prospective participants will be placed on a waitlist. In the case of registration cancellation(s), waitlisted participants will be offered a chance to register for the course.

Custom Training Programs can be tailored to any group size.

How do I earn an HDO Certificate?

Earning your HDO Certificate requires that you complete four one-day courses, either over four consecutive days or over the course of a semester. Upon completion of your Certificate Program, you will receive a hard copy Certificate as well as a digital version for posting to LinkedIn and other networks.

If you have already completed one or more one-day courses and you would like to apply them to a Certificate Program, please contact Alyx Dykema, HDO’s Events Coordinator, at alyx.dykema@austin.utexas.edu / 512-475-6173.

Can I earn more than one Certificate?

Certainly! We offer four separate concentration options so that you can choose the courses that best fit your professional development needs. You may earn multiple certificates, however, each certificate requires completing four distinct courses.

I’m having trouble deciding which training option is right for me. Can I speak with someone at HDO about my options?

Yes, HDO staff and faculty are happy to help you determine which program(s) will best help you reach your goals. Please contact Lewis Miller, HDO’s Assistant Director, at lewismiller@utexas.edu / 512-232-8330, to discuss your options.

Logistics

I’m coming in from outside of the Austin area to participate in an HDO Professional Training program. Where should I stay?

For training participants from outside the Austin area, there are several hotels near campus, many within walking distance. HDO recommends the following hotels:

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (On-Campus)
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

Hampton Inn & Suites (10-minute walk to campus)
1701 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701

Hotel Ella (12-minute walk to campus)
1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

DoubleTree Suites (15-minute walk to campus)
303 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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

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

When and where are HDO Professional Training programs held?

All One-Day Seminars and Certificate Program courses are held on the UT Austin campus. Courses are primarily held at the AT&T Executive Conference Center, but may be held in other locations on campus. Courses run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Custom Training Programs can be held on campus, at your organization, or at an off-site location. The length of your program is flexible depending upon your needs.

What is the recommended attire for HDO Professional Training programs?

There is no dress code for our training programs; however, most participants opt for business casual attire. We recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket to the course, as classroom temperatures vary.

How long does it take to develop a Custom Training Program?

Development time for Custom Programs varies based upon course length and the number of faculty leaders involved. After your initial inquiry, our faculty and staff will begin by examining your overall training objectives and matching them with our faculty members’ areas of expertise. After this review, we will follow up with you to discuss additional details regarding course content, desired program length, budget, etc. The turnaround time for this initial process is typically one week or less. More information about Custom Training Programs can be found at our Group Training Options page.

Registration Questions

What is the cost of HDO Professional Training programs?

The standard fee for One-Day Professional Seminars is $1,000, with discounted registration available for UT staff/alumni and persons who work in the education, nonprofit, government, and military sectors.

The standard fee for our Four-Day Certificate Programs is $3,000, with discounted registration available for UT staff/alumni and persons who work in the education, nonprofit, government, and military sectors.

The cost of Custom Training Programs is variable, based on program length, number of faculty leaders involved, and course location. Every Custom Program includes pre-program meetings and content discussions with HDO faculty and staff, materials for your participants, a custom website for your program, and post-training materials and information for continued learning. Meeting space, parking, lunch, refreshments, and WiFi access are also included for on-campus programs.

I have a group of people interested in HDO Professional Training. How can we participate?

There are three options for group participation in HDO Professional Training: Discounted Seminar Registration Packages, Private Course Runs, and Custom Training Programs. You can learn about each option at the HDO Professional Training Group Participation Options page.

What payment options are valid for HDO Professional Training programs?

Payment for One-Day Seminars and Certificate Programs can be made by credit/debit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), check, and purchase order via our online registration system. HDO accepts Interdepartmental Transfer (IDT) payments for UT Austin faculty and staff (group or individual programs) with department signature approval.

Payment for Custom Training Programs is typically handled via invoice.

Payment plans can be set up for Custom Training clients, Group Seminar Packages, and Certificate Program participants. Please contact Miles Husid if you wish to discuss this option.

I registered for a course and now I need to cancel or transfer my registration. What do I do?

Refund and Transfer Policies:

Refunds

The following fees will be deducted from the amount refunded based on when the cancellation is made:

One-Day Seminars

• 15 or more days before course: Full refund
• Less than 15 days before course: Full refund minus a $100 administrative fee

Four-Day Certificate Programs

• 15 or more days before program: Full refund
• Less than 15 days before program: Full refund minus a $400 administrative fee

To make a modification to your registration, please visit the link provided in your confirmation email. If you need us to resend your confirmation email, please contact Alyx Dykema, HDO’s Events Program Coordinator, at alyx.dykema@austin.utexas.edu.

If a course is canceled by HDO, enrollment fees will be fully refunded. HDO is not responsible for reimbursing travel-related expenses if a course is canceled. In the event that the University is closed on the date of a course due to inclement weather, the course will be rescheduled. Registered participants will have the option to attend on the rescheduled date, transfer their registration to another course, or request a full refund.

Transfers

Participants may transfer their registration to another HDO course or to another person without incurring any fees. To make a transfer, please visit the link provided in your confirmation email. If you need us to resend your confirmation email, please contact Alyx Dykema, HDO’s Events Program Coordinator, at alyx.dykema@austin.utexas.edu.

 
 

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