PDS Certificate Series
Develop your professional and leadership skills through one of our certificate series! PDS offers four certificate programs as well as the discontinuance of the PDC, APDC, LDC, and ALDC certificate series for those that began the series prior to July 1, 2020. See the courses within each series below. All courses within a series must be completed within a five-year period. Enroll in courses through the LMS, and track your progress using the enrollment forms linked below. Upon the completion of your series, obtain the necessary signatures on the enrollment form verifying your completion, and PDS will issue your signed certificate!
New certificate series:
NEW! FY23 Certificates and Dates at a Glance
Talent Development Certificate
Advanced Talent Development Certificate
Leadership Capacity Building Development Certificate
Management Development Certificate*
*The MDC series is only available to employees classified as a manager or supervisor.
Dimensions of Behavior
Diversity Training for Employees
Ethical Issues in Today's Workplace
Project Management Fundamentals
Preventing Sexual Harassment for Employees
State Government Foundations
Advanced Principles of Communication - Part 1 : Authenticity
Advanced Principles of Communication - Part 2 : Coaching
Creating a Violence Free Workplace
Enhancing Team Membership
Getting Things Done
Managing Stress & Workplace Accountability
Role of the Lead Worker
Strategies for Achieving Work/Life Balance
Thriving on Change
Dimensions of Leadership
Ethics of Leadership & Influence
From Interview to Hire
Fundamentals of Supervision
Managing Effective Meetings
Shaping Effective & Engaged Teams
The Servant Leader
Americans with Disabilities Act
Discipline, Grievance, & the Merit System
Diversity Training for Managers & Supervisors
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Anti-Discrimination
Investigating Employee Misconduct
Leading Through Change
Managing Conflict & Resistance in the Workplace
Preventing Sexual Harassment for Supervisors
Project Management Seminar
*Advanced Thinking for Problem Solving Managers
(*formerly Strategic Planning and Problem Solving)
Substance Abuse Policy
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As of July 1, 2020 the following certificate series have been discontinued and anyone looking to complete a certificate series will need to complete the new ones. If you have already began one of the 4 following certificate series prior to July 1, 2020, you have 5 years to complete the courses from the date of the first course you have successfully completed in that series. All the courses in these certificates are currently still being offered.
- Professional Development Certificate (PDC) - No longer offered effective July 1, 2020
- Advanced Development Certificate (APDC)- No longer offered effective July 1, 2020
- Must have completed all courses under the PDC certificate column before receiving the APDC certificate
- Enrollment Form
- Leadership Development Certificate (LDC - No longer offered effective July 1, 2020
- Advanced Leadership Development Certificate (ALDC) -No longer offered effective July 1, 2020
- The courses under the ALDC certificate are only available to employees classified as a manger or supervisor.
- Must earn the LDC certificate before earning the ALDC Certificate, but managers and supervisors are encourage to enroll in coursework most encouraged by their agency.
- Enrollment Form
Course work must be completed within five (5) years of enrollment into the series. Upon completion of all course work within the same series, employees should notify their department's Training Liaison. PDS will then issue a certificate of completion signed by the Governor. Courses may be taken in any order, but the APDC cannot be issued before the PDC is issued, the ALDC cannot be issued before the LDC is issued, and the MDC cannot be issued before the LCBC is issued.
Iowa Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program
Performance & Development Solutions and Drake University have partnered to offer a CPM Program for Iowa. The purpose of the program is to guide public managers to incorporate best-practice management techniques into their everyday management strategies.