Professional Development

Business & Professional Development Opportunities

Certification Preparation and Relicensure

Food Safety Manager Certification

ServSafe - Exam proctoring options

Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)

Court Reporters Fall 2016 Workshop

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

Language and Communication

Survival Sign Language

Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Overs

Gone Phishing?

Photography and Technology

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Digital Photography Certificate Program

...and for those on the GO!

Online Classes (available all year)


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.

17ABPD04    Mon     Sept 26    9 AM – 6:30 PM    $189 ($229 after Sept 14)    Includes textbook & exam voucher.


After Friday, Sept 16:

  • 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 Option for this session:

If you need to take the exam and not the class, you may join group at 4 PM. Please be on time. You must register following the same date structure as the course in order to guarantee your seat.

Time: Testing will begin promptly at 4:30 pm; you must be in your seat by 4 pm.  No one will be admitted to the exam only session after 4:15 PM.

Fee: $75 (Fee is a proctoring fee only and does not include textbook and test materials.)

Participants in the exam-only option are responsible for purchasing their textbook and exam voucher. See ServSafe Exam-Only Options below for complete information.

ServSafe Exam-Only Options 

Computer-Based Online Exam

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.

Except where indicated, exam-only sessions are held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Continuing Education Annex Computer Lab. See the table below for exact dates and times.

  • 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 upon completion of the exam.

  • eCertificates can be printed/downloaded from once the test has been graded and exam scores become available.
  • Registrants are responsible for purchasing their study materials (textbook or online course) and exam voucher from the ServSafe website:

  • There is no class time included in exam only sessions. Participants are responsible for self study. (A minimum of two weeks study time prior to taking the exam is recommended.)

Exam Only Registration Fee - $75

Location: Regional Center for Continuing Education 
Instructor: Sue Bailey


Date Time
August 9 9 AM
Sept 13 9 AM
Sept 26 4:30 PM
Oct 11 9 AM

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

Court Reporters Spring 2016 Workshop          

Court reporters must keep up-to-date with the knowledge, skills, and tools of court reporting to maintain excellence in the court reporting profession. This workshop provides opportunities for individual growth and development, interaction, and exchange of ideas as you learn new approaches to work responsibilities, functions, and relationships in the profession. Topics are: update on 2013 Georgia Juvenile Reform Bill, online research techniques and resources, and writing skills, parts of speech, and more. (.5 CEU)

Application for approval for .5 CEUs is made to BCR and NVRA for this workshop.

Sign-in and refreshments begin at 8:15 AM. The first presentation begins at 8:45 AM.

Sat     Oct 15     8:45 AM - 3 PM     $119     Registrations must be received by Wed, Oct 5.


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.

Business & Management


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.

5 Mon     Aug 29 - Oct 3 (No class Sept 5)     6 - 8 PM     $89 


Getting Paid to Talk: Making Money with Your Voice

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 Sept 6. (.25 CEU)

Mon     Sept 12     6:30 - 9 PM     $29 


Gone Phishing?

Find out what "phishing" means and ways you can identify phishing scams in emails, on websites, and even in phone calls. Learn how to protect your personal information (PI) and computer files at work and at home from malicious intentions. (.2 CEU) Instructor Chad Vantine is a member of VSU's Information Technology security team.

Thurs     Oct 13     6 - 8 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)

Meet Your 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 and has won many photography awards including the coveted Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press (1.0 CEU)

5 Tues      Sept 27 - Nov 1 (No class Oct 18)      6 - 8 PM      $139