Professional Certificates

Expand your knowledge and qualifications with these professional certificates.

PMI, PMBOK, PMP, CAPM, are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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Labor-Management Relations Certificate

The St. Ambrose University Center for Professional Development and the Quad-City Area Labor-Management Council (QCALM) have teamed up to introduce a certificate program in interest-based bargaining that helps local companies and labor groups save time, reduce grievances, and eliminate the need for arbitration in the course of contract negotiations.

The Labor-Management Relations Certificate program teaches conflict resolution skills, team-building concepts and the elements of self-reflection and self-understanding that promote sound decision-making. 

In addition, the program provides hands-on experience in contract negotiation, grievance handling and arbitration, and is taught by professionals with years of experience in contract negotiations and labor relations.  

REGISTRATION: An early bird registration discount tuition fee of $1,935 is offered through Dec. 15. Starting Dec. 16, cost for the certificate program is $2,150. Click here to register.  

SCHEDULE: The program features six 16-hour courses taught over three days, one each month from January through June. Each course consists of two weeknight sessions from 5-9 p.m., and one Saturday session, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.  

Individuals can complete all six courses to earn a certificate. A company or union also can choose to have a different representative attend individual courses to build skills specific to their position.  


  • Feb. 10
  • March 6, 8,10
  • April 9, 12,14
  • May 15, 17, 19
  • June 5, 7, 9 

LOCATION: Classes are held at the St. Ambrose University North Davenport Education Center, 1950 E. 54th Street, Davenport.

Certificate in Grant Writing and Management

St. Ambrose University's Professional Development is pleased to offer a comprehensive certificate program that brings a wide array of competencies supporting the art of grant writing and management. The 36 contact-hour program provides a focused and interactive learning experience.

The program will bring focus to:

• Developing a sustainable grants strategy to be a creative, successful and competitive grant seeker
• Finding and evaluating grant making organizations (government, corporation, foundations, etc.) who want to make an "investment" in your mission
• Good project design-how the most successful grant proposals are designed to deliver measurable results that are sustainable
• Telling the story through effective mission, goals, and objectives
• The role of the budget-how effective budgeting adds value and creditability
• The critical role of evaluation-making the case that the grant proposal will deliver sustainable results
• What happens after receiving a grant? Developing a plan for effectively managing grant projects
• Putting it all together and making a strong case-interpreting the Request for Proposal (RFP), writing persuasive narrative, organizing and formatting the application, engaging stakeholder support, effective presentation making, etc.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. each day. This format provides a concentrated focus with space between weeks to allow time for reflection and to bring the learning back to your organization.

Certificate in Leadership

The Certificate in Leadership is comprised of four core classes and two electives. Topics include the depth and breadth of effective leadership practices: conflict management, team building, decision making, and communication.

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Strategic Leadership: Feb. 27-28
Leading and Managing Change: Feb. 20-21
Leadership Essentials (includes LPI): March 20-21
Leadership Communication: TBD


Building Effective Teams: TBD
Decision Making: May 22-23
Conversational Leadership: Feb. 27-28
Negotiation Management and Conflict to Collaboration: TBD
Servant Leadership: TBD

Project Management Certificate

This certificate provides a scalable project management system for managing projects of all shapes and sizes and a "project-ready tool kit" to serve project needs, regardless of industry. Classes include elements of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) developed by the Project Management Institute® (PMI).

2018 Dates TBD


Classes meet daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose University Professional Development, 1950 E. 54th St., Davenport, IA 52807.

PMI, PMBOK, PMP, CAPM are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership

Non-profit organizations face uncertainty and change as part of their daily lives, but perhaps never in history as much as recent years. Changes in federal and state funding as well as public attitudes create situations where demand for services increase dramatically while funds to meet that demand continue to diminish.

At the same time, the proliferation of nonprofit organizations increases competition for the donated dollar, clients, staff, and public attention. Attracting and retaining staff, recruiting and effectively meeting the needs of your clients, securing sufficient resources, maintaining a well-functioning board, and assuring you meet all of the regulatory requirements in an environment of growing needs means that the organizations with the strongest leaders will likely survive and thrive.

Learn leadership skills to succeed as a non-profit leader. In addition to the leadership skills necessary for any successful professional, this program will look specifically at fundraising and board development as areas specific to nonprofit organizations to help you become the best leader - and your organization the most successful - you can be.


AFP-IL QC in partnership with the United Way of the Quad Cities, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation and Wastyn & Associates is pleased to offer scholarships to help offset program fees. We understand the importance of continued professional development opportunities to progress our local nonprofit community.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee with scholarships covering up to 50% of the cost of each class (except in extreme circumstances where an individual or organization can request up to 90% of the cost). Anyone working or volunteering at a nonprofit organization can apply with preference for awards given to AFP members. Recipients will be required to provide a report to the scholarship committee at the conclusion of the program outlining the value of the program and the scholarship which we will share with the funding organizations and other AFP members.

Visit the AFP website for more information. If you have questions, please email Linda Wastyn.


Choose the class that fits your needs or earn the St. Ambrose University Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership by completing the six classes below within two years.

TIME, LOCATION Classes meet daily from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at St. Ambrose University Professional Development, 1950 E. 53rd St., Davenport, IA 52807.
COST Includes all seminar materials, light breakfast, networking luncheons and refreshment breaks. Discounted cost for non-profits, multiple corporate attendees, and SAU alumni.
DISCOUNTS Non-profits receive a discount. Discounted cost for multiple corporate attendees and SAU alumni is 10%.
REGISTRATION Payment must accompany registration and be received by the first day of the program. Fee of 25% applies to cancellations received within two weeks of the start date. Register and pay online

Download the certificate brochure (pdf)


Leadership Communication
Leadership Essentials
Leading and Managing Change
Strategic Leadership


Fundamentals of Fundraising for CEOs and Board Members
Board Development for Non-Profit Executives


Cheryl Riley-Hayles

Professional Development
North Davenport Education Center
1950 E. 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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