Professional & Organizational Development

How to take a POD course

We offer a variety of in-person classes each quarter, along with other training such as webinars and special events. Registering is easy, but if you’ve never taken a POD offering before, there are a few steps you should learn about before registering. Start by reviewing the topics below and contact us if you have any other questions.

Find a course

POD offers dozens of in-person and online courses designed to aid in the professional development of UW staff. Courses cover a range of topics including:

  • Communications
  • Fiscal procedures and management
  • Health care
  • Human resources administration
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Planning and productivity
  • Supervision and leadership
  • Technology/software (via live webinars)

Some of these courses are offered as part of POD’s Certificate Program, which includes the Fiscal Management, HR Administration, and Supervisory Skills certificates.

Start your search now by viewing the POD course catalog. Once you find a course, your next step is to talk with your supervisor and get approval.

Get approved

In most cases, you’ll need approval from your supervisor to take a POD class. Your supervisor approves your release time, which allows you to take the class during normal working hours. Your supervisor (or budget coordinator) also provides budget approval to pay class fees.

Alternatively, you can take a POD class on your own time. You also have the option to pay for any POD offering using your own money.

Create a training action plan

Completing the training action plan may help you obtain your supervisor’s approval to take a class. Download the Training Action Plan (PDF).

To complete your training plan, find a course that will help you build job skills, work more effectively, or address performance issues. List your goals/reasons for taking the course, being as specific as possible. For example:

  • To improve the quality of my letters and emails
  • To learn how to access and run financial reports
  • To build my customer service skills
  • To plan more effective meetings
  • To develop better working relationships

Alternatively, your supervisor might complete the Training Action Plan to recommend or require training for you.

Register and pay

Register for a class using our online course catalog.

Once you’ve found a class and have received approval from your supervisor, go online and register. To pay for the class, you’ll need a UW budget number. Ask your supervisor or budget coordinator for this information. You can also pay using credit card, cash, or check, but there is a 15.6 percent overhead charge for doing so.

Registering online is simple, and you’ll know right away if a class is already full. However, you can also register by filling out a paper form and sending it to us. Once we process the form, we’ll email you an enrollment confirmation. If the class is full, we’ll send you an email letting you know that you’re on the waitlist. Download the POD Course Registration Form (PDF).

Attend your class

We hold most classes at the POD classrooms inside the Roosevelt Commons East building, which is a few blocks west of campus. However, some offerings are held elsewhere. Check your confirmation email for the location.

Make the most of your training

Here are a few tips for a successful training:

  • Make sure you complete any pre-work or assessments on time.
  • Plan to spend class time engaged in the training.
  • Feeling uncomfortable, too hot, or too cold will detract from your experience. Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers.
  • Be aware that most of our classes have interactive components, including group discussions and activities. Class participants are asked to keep all information shared in class confidential.
  • For all-day classes, bring a lunch, beverages, and snacks if you choose. Each of our main classrooms has a mini-fridge and one has a microwave for your use. Coffee, hot and cold water, and tea are provided.

If your class is in the computer lab, please note that no beverages or related amenities are provided. For computer lab classes, ensure that you have the login information you’ll need to access the UW systems used in class.

Webinars are live presentations that you participate in at your own computer. Learn more about POD Webinars.

After attending a class

Once you’ve completed your class, webinar, or event, consider meeting with your supervisor to follow up. This is a good time to discuss your job goals, how the skills learned during your POD training will help achieve those goals, and future opportunities for continued skill-building and professional development.

Your professional development depends on the actions you take over the course of your career. Wherever your career path may lead, it’s best to make a plan.