Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

Opportunities at UVA (fee-based)

Higher Education Program for Executive-Level Assistants (HEPLA)

  • Offered by: School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Overview: HEPELA is an on-Grounds, 12-session program built for the University of Virginia. Effective assistants can make impactful contributions to all levels of the organization and staying relevant is crucial. The HEPLA program will support EAs in growing personally, navigating logistics, solving problems, and delivering results.
  • Cost: $2,000 (as of 4/2023); eligible participants can use the UVA professional development funds to pay for it.
  • View the HEPLA flyer  |  Sign up for a free online information session.

Business Essentials

  • Offered by: McIntire School of Commerce
  • Overview: The Business Essentials online certificate program includes a highly focused curriculum that provides you with a solid understanding of four key business concepts and how you can apply them in the workplace. UVA McIntire’s expertise in the case method of teaching gives you the opportunity to analyze real firms and business scenarios, and engage in
    online discussions with faculty and your peers.
  • Cost: $1,800 (as of 01/2023); eligible participants can use the UVA professional development funds to pay for it.
  • View the Business Essentials flyer  |   Visit the Business Essentials webpage   |   Send an email 


Free Programs/Courses

UVA Human Resources

  • Overview: HR offers a range of professional development opportunities from courses to certificate programs. All courses are open to UVA staff and faculty.
  • Cost: Free
  • View the Learning and Development Catalogue

Coursera for UVA

  • Overview: Coursera for UVA gives university students, staff and faculty free access to UVA's content on Coursera.  Courses are available online and can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Login to this service with your NetBadge credentials using your Virginia email address. Learn new skills, explore courses, or advance your career. Available courses are not limited to UVA courses. 
  • Cost: Free when accessed through UVA's account
  • Learn more about Coursera and sign up

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Use your Education Benefit

UVA offers two programs: 1) tuition benefit and 2) professional development benefit to eligible staff. A maximum of $5,250 is available for use between the two benefits per calendar year. You can use the benefit to pay the registration fee for a conference that is related to your position; for a course which earns CEUs or is job-related; or for-credit courses, working toward a degree or certificate program at an accredited institution.