USC: Continuing and Professional Education

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Professional Education


The University of South Carolina offers premier continuing education opportunities through our Professional Education Programs - designed to immediately impact employees and their organizations, and make career changers more marketable in the current economic environment.

All courses are taught by practicing professionals, selected for their industry expertise and exceptional teaching abilities. Additionally, USC’s programs are scheduled for the busy professional, with many programs offered in the evenings, weekends and now online.

Our training advisors are available to help individuals identify which programs may be right for them. Contact us today!

Certificate Programs

Continue your education, change your career, and improve your life! It all starts here in Columbia, South Carolina with one of our professional certificate programs at USC.

The University of South Carolina offers the following professional certificates:  Lean Six Sigma; Paralegal Studies, Project Management and Grant Writing.  Each certificate program offers the valuable, practical training to launch you into a new career or enhance an existing one. Register for a University of South Carolina certificate program and earn your professional certification in as little as one month.


Government Finance Officers Certification Program

The certification program for Government Finance Officers is administered and offered for the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina (GFOASC) by the University of South Carolina’s Office of Continuing Education and Conferences.  Successful completion of all requirements of the program will result in designation as a Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO).


Grant Writing

The ability to locate, apply for and attain grants is essential for many organizations. USC’s Grant Writing Certificate program will prepare you to secure foundation, state and federal grant funds. Learn the practical and conceptual aspects that are critical to the grant proposal-writing process. Learn More!


Lean Six Sigma

USC's Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Certificates are now offered 100% online with instructor-led training sessions conveniently scheduled for the busy professional. Become an instant asset to your organization with USC Six Sigma Certification. Learn More!


Military Matters

More and more social workers, nurses, counselors, clergy, teachers and other community partners will encounter military members in their agencies, and in their personal lives. This knowledge provides a broad overview with specific information about the signature injuries impacting today’s young veteran, and the challenges of veterans from other military eras. Learn more!


Paralegal Studies

Now you can earn your Paralegal Certificate from USC - in the classroom or online! This program allows you to quickly complete your studies and enter the rewarding legal field with the confidence and credentials to succeed. Learn More!


Project Management

Whether you are a full time project manager or oversee occasional projects for your organization, USC's training can help you become a better project manager or prepare you to sit for the PMP® certification exam. Learn More!

Conveniently offered online or in the classroom!



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