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In-person and virtual classes


Sign-up is easy, enroll online through the LMS today!       

**Please contact PDS Training if you have any special needs or accommodations.



Special Sessions Only Offered in January

 Thirty-Hour Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Training 
   January 24-27, 2022, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
 In person at the Hoover Building, Training Rooms 5 and 6

Join us for this comprehensive 30-hour, four-day session, which will cover how to locate and apply OSHA standards, policies, and procedures to help you create a culture of safety in your workplace. You will enhance your skills in navigating OSHA regulations, improve ongoing safety health programs, conduct in-house OSHA training, increase recognition of common violations, and expand hazard abatement options. A completion card certified by OSHA is provided to those who attend. 

          **The training is open to safety officers and anyone with an interest in learing more about OSHA standards.


                             NEOGOV - Hiring Managers and the Self-Scheduling Interview Process
                                                   January 24, 2022 from 1:00PM -1:45PM, held virtually
Come learn to make your interview process more efficient and applicant friendly!  This course will go over the step-by-step instructions to set up self-scheduling in NEOGOV.  This feature allows applicants to log in to their NEOGOV account and select their own interview time from a predetermined schedule set by the hiring manager/agency.  This eliminates phone calls and makes the interview process more customer focused. Class Flyer
                     **This class is exclusively available for hiring managers who have NEOGOV accounts.

Reserve your spot today!   Enroll online through the LMS  to reserve your spot.  

For a quick look at courses and dates included in each of our certificate series 

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     Class Spotlight: Upcoming Training & Development Opportunities


Jan 10th 8:30am - 4:30pm (Virtual) Jan 11th 8:30am - 4:30pm (Virtual) Jan 12th 8:30am - 12:30pm (Virtual)
Budgeting is an integral part of most management decisions. Whether the decision is to start or end a program, hire, fire, or promote employees, purchase or sell items, or to improve client services, managers must weigh a decision’s budget implications. This course provides managers with a basic understanding of the budgetary process as well as understanding the fundamentals of the statutory framework that agencies must work within as they strive to sustain their core services. 

**Available only to employees

classified as a manager or supervisor.

 Understanding the discipline and grievance process is crucial to any supervisor or manager in state government. This course focuses on the methods of effective and timely discipline, along with the role of the supervisor and manager in the grievance process. 

This half-day workshop will address a variety of organization dimensions and dynamics needed to assure optimum understanding of diversity.  As a result of participating in a training session, employees will realize the value and appreciate the potential of a diverse workforce and practice self-awareness. Employees will return to the workplace with an appreciation of the richness multi-culturalism brings to our daily functions, relationships, and organization.
Jan 13th 8:30am - 4:30pm (Virtual) Jan 18th 8:30am - 4:30pm (Virtual) Jan 18th 8:30am - 4:30pm (Virtual)
This course, designed for new managers and supervisors, focuses on methods of supporting and directing employees.   The course focuses on the characteristics of responsible leadership, motivation theory, and conflict management.  Participants will gain awareness of essential functions, as well as supervisory tools and resources.

This course, is designed for all employees and focuses on the latest research and trends in leadership, outlining the importance of authenticity in leadership. Participants will gain an understanding of the impact authenticity has on employee engagement and well-being and the triggers that prevent people from being their authentic selves.


**Day 1 of two non-consecutive sessions.

Do you feel as if you're too busy to enjoy your own life? Are you ready to discover what is important and how to make time for things that matter most at home and at work?  Participants will learn how to transform ideas into action and enjoy a lifetime of satisfaction! Group coaching is offered as a part of this very interactive workshop. 

Jan 19th 8:30am - 4:30pm (Virtual) Jan 20th 8:30am - 4:30pm  (In Person) Jan 27th 8:30am -  4:30pm (Virtual)
Just been invited to another meeting? Ever wonder why people sometimes dread attending meetings? Meetings take up employee’s valuable time. Managing Effective Meetings provides participants with a practical, hands-on approach to the development and facilitation of an effective meeting. Participants will bring an agenda from a past meeting and the agenda or information for an upcoming meeting. 

**This session will be held in person at

the Hoover building, Level A, Room 6

Designed specifically for those who are actively managing projects without extensive project management training, this class is an in-depth look into the processes, knowledge areas, inputs, and outputs you need to know to manage projects effectively and successfully.

Improved listening means better job efficiency and productivity. Most employees spend over 50% of their day listening. Accurate listening and retention skills are crucial to help manage the amount of information we receive daily. You will practice practical techniques to improve your listening skills.  Identify your listening weaknesses and practice techniques to improve the effectiveness of your listening skills.


PDS On-Demand Course Offerings

Staff interested in completing PDS On-Demand courses can log into the State of Iowa LMS to access the E-Learnings.  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Preventing Sexual Harassment for Managers and Supervisors
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ AntiDiscrimination Role of the Lead Worker
Creating A Violence-Free Workplace State Government Foundations
Preventing Sexual Harassment for Employees Substance Abuse Policy
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