Professional Development


From software training for administrative professionals to process improvement courses for managers and teams, the Center for Professional Development is the region’s best choice for a wide range of professional development opportunities.

We provide students, alumni, employers, business professionals, small business owners and entrepreneurs with affordable, high-quality training led by award-winning faculty from the School of Business and Economics.

Launch Your Career

You may not have a degree, but you’ve got drive. The Center for Professional Development can provide you with professional certifications to help you gain knowledge of a particular industry and help you move into a rewarding career.

Advance Your Career

Are you ready to take the next step? Increase your knowledge, build your skill set, improve your performance, and build your expertise with a professional certification from Indiana University Northwest.


  • University admission NOT required. You do not need to be an IU Northwest student to register for Center for Professional Development programs.
  • Courses taught virtually and at conveniently located training sites in Gary and Michigan City
  • Discounts for current IU Northwest students and School of Business and Economics alumni
  • Flexible payment plans 

Faculty-Led Training

We believe that faculty-led courses result in better outcomes, especially given the technical nature of many of our programs. Benefits include:

  • Access to the instructor, who is an industry expert
  • Richer interactions between instructors and learners and between learners
  • Greater opportunities to build a professional network
  • The ability to adjust course content based on your ability
  • Questions can be asked and answered immediately and more comprehensively
  • Instructors can gauge understanding and expound when needed
  • The learning environment is controlled and distractions are minimized so you can focus on learning