Advance Your Knowledge with PDS Certificates

Advance Your Knowledge with PDS Certificates

February 2018 

Performance & Development Solutions (PDS) offers learning opportunities for State employees at all levels, including those who are new to state government, supervisory staff, executive management, and professional/technical staff. Among the PDS offerings are four certificate programs designed to engage employees at every level in State government. Each program requires participation in specified classes offered throughout the year. 

Professional Development Certificate
This program is designed for new State of Iowa employees to help them become familiar with State government and support their success as they become oriented into their position. 

Advanced Professional Development Certificate 
This certificate program is designed to enhance the skills of seasoned State of Iowa employees who have completed the initial Professional Development Certificate.. 

Leadership Development Certificate
Employees who are new to a management role or who are seeking a future management role will want to pursue the Leadership Development Certificate to assist with developing leadership skills for careers in State government. 

Advanced Leadership Development Certificate
Strongly recommended for State employees in managerial or supervisory positions, the Advanced Leadership Development Certificate focuses on policy-specific advanced leadership skills.

For more information and listings of required classes for any of these certificate programs, visit