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 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. (3.5 CEU)

Materials NOT included. Email for information and discount code BEFORE purchasing your materials from

18ABPD01     ONLINE*     Sept 11 - Dec 22    $395 (materials not included)     After Sept 4 - $465

*What you can expect:

  • Course will be accessible 24/7.
  • Live lectures every Tuesday (and some Thursdays) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. (Lectures will be recorded for later viewing.)
  • Weekly assignments: Readings, discussion posts, quizzes, module tests.
  • Contact with instructor via email and discussion board.
  • Interact with fellow students through discussion and message boards.

For more information on this course, contact Sue Bailey: 229-245-6884 or


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.
  • 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.

18ABPD02    Mon     Sept 18     9 AM – 6:30 PM    $189 ($229 after Sept 4)



After Sept 8:

  • 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:         

  • Exams are online but must be taken onsite with a proctor.

  • Tests available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

  • 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, Aug 8 9 AM Register
Mon, Sept 18 4:15 PM Regsiter
Tues, Oct 10 9AM Register

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

Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 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 2017/Spring 2018 Statewide Satellite Downlink Schedule - TBA

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


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.

18ABPD06     Mon     Sept 11     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)

Please note: This class is NOT for absolute beginners. Participants must have a basic working knowledge of camera operations.

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)

18ABPD05     5 Tues      Sept 26 - Oct 24      6 - 8 PM      $139