Professional Development

Business & Professional Development Opportunities

Certification Preparation and Relicensure

Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification

Food Safety Manager Certification

ServSafe - Exam proctoring options

Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)

Certificate Programs

Administrative Assistant I & II Certificate

Creative Writing Certificate

Digital Photography Certificate

Grant Writing Certificate

Internet & Social Media Marketing Certificate

Business Start Up

Import Export Now!

Exporting Food as a Small Business

Business and Management

Management/Leadership Skill-Builder Workshops

Photography and Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Digital Photography Certificate Program

...and for those on the GO!

Online Classes (available all year)


Preparation for PHR/SPHR Certification

Get prepared to take the next step in your Human Resources career. HR is highly competitive and ever-changing and professional development is critical to your success. Earning your designation as a PHR or SPHR helps keep you up-to-date, demonstrates your commitment to the HR profession, and can set you apart as an expert in your field. Using materials from the Human Resources Certification Preparation Program (HRCP), this training prepares you to take the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exam for your PHR or SPHR credential. (2.4 CEU)

Materials are not included. Email or call Sue Bailey at 229-245-6484 for information and discount code before purchasing your materials from

17WBPD02     12 Thurs     Mar 2 - May 18     6 - 8 PM     $365 (materials not included)     After Feb 20 - $425


Food Safety Manager Certification (Class & Exam)

One Day Certification Course Do you know how to reduce critical risk factors for food-borne illness in your food service establishment? With ServSafe training you can bring back to work the knowledge you and your employees need to serve safe food to your customers! Participants passing with a grade of 75% or higher receive ServSafe Food Safety Certification from the NRAEF. Certification is valid for 5 years. (.85 CEU) Instructor Sue Bailey is certified to teach ServSafe®.

Benefits of taking ServSafe training with us:

  • One-day training with a certified instructor.
  • Class concludes with the administration of the online certification exam.
  • Pass/fail results are available immediately.
  • eCertificates now available from once grades have been recorded.
  • Textbook and exam materials are included.
  • Multilingual textbooks and test materials are available. Please call Sue Bailey for information: 229-245-6484.

17WBPD12    Mon     Date: May 22  9 AM – 6:30 PM    $189 ($229 after May 10)    Includes textbook & exam voucher.


After May 12:

  • Additional 2nd day or overnight delivery charges for materials may be incurred.
  • Call to see if spots are available in class.
  • No refunds for cancellations, but you may send a substitute. Please contact our office in advance with the substitute's name and registration information.

Exam Only Sessions

For individuals seeking a proctor only:         

  • who have completed the ServSafe food safety online course,

  • are retaking the ServSafe exam,

  • or are non-English speakers doing self-study in their preferred language.
  • Exams are online but must be taken onsite with a proctor.

  • The online tests are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

  • Unofficial Pass/Fail results are available immediately; eCertificate can be downloaded/printed once your grade has been recorded.

  • Registrants are responsible for self-study AND for purchasing their study materials and exam voucher from the ServSafe website:

Exam Only Proctoring Fee - $75


Date Time
Tues, May 9 9 AM
Mon, May 22 4:15 PM
June call for date & time

For exam-only students, please register by 4 PM the Thursday before the exam date.

Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 Dates are TBA

Attention, attorneys! Did you know that you can earn your CLE credits without leaving Valdosta? The Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia offers live webcasts on Fridays during which the participants may call in with questions. Replays of the webcasts are generally available the following Thursdays. Programs are scheduled from November through March, with a program for new attorneys in the spring.  

Walk-in Registrations Welcome

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Statewide Satellite Downlink Schedule

Check the ICLE web site at, or call 1-800-422-0893 for program details and fees.

Fall 2016

October 5 (Wednesday) Rebroadcast - Beginning Lawyers     9:00 – 4:30
October 28 (Friday) Trial Advocacy 9:00 – 4:30
November 3 (Thursday) Rebroadcast 9:00 – 4:30
November 4 (Friday) Real Property Foreclosure Law 9:00 – 4:30
November 10 (Thursday) Rebroadcast 9:00 – 4:30
November 11 (Friday) Recent Developments 9:00 – 4:30
November 17 (Thursday) Rebroadcast 9:00 – 4:30
December 1* (Thursday) Professionalism, Ethics & Malpractice 9:00 – 12:15
December 8* (Thursday) Rebroadcast 9:00 – 12:15

Spring 2017

January 13 (Friday)

Jury Trial

9:00 – 4:30

January 19 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

January 20 (Friday)

Defense of Personal Injury Case

9:00 – 4:30

January 26 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

January 27 (Friday)

Internet Legal Research

9:00 – 4:30

February 2 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

February 3 (Friday)

Residential Real Estate

9:00 – 4:30

February 9 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

February 17 (Friday)

Elder Law

9:00 – 4:30

February 23 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

February 24 (Friday)

Plaintiff’s Personal Injury

9:00 – 4:30

February 27 (Monday)

Beginning Lawyers

9:00 – 4:30

March 2 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

March 3* (Friday)

Professionalism & Ethics Update

9:00 – 12:15

March 9* (Thursday)


9:00 – 12:15

March 10 (Friday)

Trial and Error

9:00 – 4:30

March 16 (Thursday)


9:00 – 4:30

March 17 (Friday)

Rebroadcast - Jury Trial

9:00 – 4:30

March 21 (Tuesday)

Rebroadcast - Beginning Lawyers

9:00 – 4:30

March 24 (Friday)

Rebroadcast - Recent Developments

9:00 – 4:30

Dates: Note schedule above (subject to change)
Time: Check in 8:30 AM, Broadcast welcome 8:55, Various ending times
Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education, (CE annex, Room 108), 903 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA
Instructors: ICLE
Fee: Varies, go to for more information

Check the ICLE web site at, or call 1-800-422-0893 for a complete schedule of programs and registration information.

Enhance Knowledge & Skills

CPR/First Aid

Learn how to administer basic first aid and CPR in emergency situations. Course textbook is included. Participants must attend both days. Class is limited to 6.

Instructor Stephen McKown is experienced in EMS and CPR/First Aid training.

17WBPD08     Mon & Wed, Mar 6 & 8 (see below for times)     $89

                   Mon, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (1 hour lunch on your own) 


Business Start Up

Import Export Now!

Now you can learn what it takes to be self-employed in import or export (or both) of goods or services with this step-by-step hands-on nine week seminar delivered over the internet.  This course is appropriate for people with zero business background, as well as established businesses looking for new trade. For over twelve years the course is highly rated for content, delivery and personalization.

Learn how to develop your product or service, find the best suppliers, best customers, work with banks, currency issues,  insurance companies, government agencies and other trade entities.  You will be taken through licensing and permits,  setting yourself up for properly conducting trade worldwide at the small business level. as well as such topics as intellectual property, 

The entire course may be taken at your pace, with plenty of one-on-one email contact with the instructor.  Optional weekly live sessions online are run during the course.  After the formal nine weeks course, you may join a listserv of ex-students, so access to the instructor and peers never ends.

17WBPD06     Winter Session: 9 Thurs     Jan 26 - Mar 23     $95     ONLINE

17SBPD01      Spring Session: 9 Thurs     Apr 13 - Jun 8       $95     ONLINE

Required textbook: How Small Business Trades Worldwide (not included in course fee)

ISBN: 978-0-9795515-0-5  is available for about $25 at online booksellers such as

Instructor John Spiers has worked in Seattle and San Francisco with international trading companies since 1974 in virtually every position. Self-employed and trading internationally since 1984, John shares what he has done in the past, what he has advised others to do successfully, and what he is doing now all in a seminar highly rated by participants for content, experience, pace and humor.


Exporting Food As A Small Business

What if you could find untapped market overseas for small food or beverage business that was just as profitable but no more difficult than a domestic sale? The fastest growing segment of USA exports is food, and whether you act as a principal or an agent, the field is wide open. Forget what you have heard about exporting and come learn a proven strategy to test your product with customers while eliminating all of the problems and risks people commonly associate with exporting. No business is too small to export.

Join students from around the world in this online course, highly rated by past participants, with whom you can join to stay in touch with the instructor as you proceed to your goals. 

17WBPD07     Winter Session: 4 Tues     Jan 24 - Feb 14     $89     ONLINE

17SBPD02      Spring Session: 4 Tues     Apr 11 - May 2      $89     ONLINE

Instructor John Spiers has worked in Seattle and San Francisco with international trading companies since 1974 in virtually every position. Self-employed and trading internationally since 1984, John shares what he has done in the past, what he has advised others to do successfully, and what he is doing now all in a seminar highly rated by participants for content, experience, pace and humor.


Let's Communicate

Survival Sign Language

Open the doors of communication and explore basic survival sign language, the language used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. You will be introduced to Deaf culture while you learn finger spelling, basic signs, common phrases, and grasp general concepts and structure of American Sign Language (ASL). Build basic conversational skills in a fun and welcoming environment. No textbook required. (1.0 CEU) Instructor Jennifer Beal-Alvarez is an assistant professor in VSU's Department of Middle Grades, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education.

17WBPD04     5 Mon   Mar 27 - Apr 24, 2017     6 - 8 PM     $89 


Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Over

Learn the basics of putting your great voice to work for television, film, radio, audiobooks, documentaries, and the internet in your area. Hear samples of demos recorded by professional voice actors and practice recording a commercial script. Register early! Minimum enrollment must be met by January 16. (.25 CEU) Instructors are professional voice-over coaches from Creative Voice Development Group.

17WBPD03     Mon     Jan 23, 2017     6:30 - 9 PM     $29 


Photography & Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Interested in learning basic skills to operate your digital SLR camera and take better photos? Explore auto settings, exposure control, how to choose ISO settings, and gain an understanding of color temperature, white balance, image noise reduction, and more. You will have lots of practice taking pictures using your new skills. A prosumer SLR digital camera with interchangeable lenses is recommended; an advanced digital camera with a zoom lens and aperture and shutter priorities is acceptable. Please bring your camera to class. (1.0 CEU)

Instructor Paul Leavy earned his B.S. in journalism in 1985 from the University of Florida. Paul became university photographer for VSU in August 2012 after more than 25 years as Valdosta Daily Times staff photographer. He has won many photography awards including the coveted Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press (1.0 CEU)

17WBPD05     5 Tues      Mar 21 - Apr 18, 2017      6 - 8 PM      $139