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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Professional Development?

  2. Which category is right for me, Continuing Education, Pre-Certification, or Pre-Licensure?

  3. What is Canvas?

  4. When can I enroll?

  5. How long do I have to complete my program/course?

  6. Is financial aid available?

  7. What is the policy concerning cancellations?

  8. Who can I contact with questions about the Professional Development course/programs?

  9. Can Professional Development programs be taken outside of the United States?

  10. Proctored Exams?

  11. Can I use my Veteran's Administration educational benefits?

  12. Any other questions about your VA education benefits?


 

1. What is Professional Development?

Professional Development was founded to extend University of Florida's world-class resources to non-traditional students, alumni, working professionals, and the general public. The majority of programs are self-paced, fully online, allowing working professionals to connect with a top ranked university from anywhere, at anytime. You can choose to advance your knowledge through the following three types of programs:

  • Pre-Certification: Prepare to sit for a certifying exam (ie. PMP, CDM, CFPP).

  • Pre-Licensure: Earn the professional credential of the industry.

  • Continuing Education: Enhance your current skills and knowledge in a particular field or maintain a certain level of proficiency.


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2. Which category is right for me, Continuing Education, Pre-Certification, or Pre-Licensure?

  1. Continuing Education: Professionals seeking to either enhance their current skills and knowledge in a particular field or are required to fulfill an industry standard to maintain a certain level of proficiency.

  2. Pre-Certification: Individuals seeking industry certification that increases their corporate knowledge and skill set, which positions them to be more competitive in the marketplace.

  3. Pre-Licensure: Individuals seeking a professional credential that increases their industry knowledge, and skill set, which positions them to be more competitive in the marketplace.


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3. What is Canvas?

Canvas is our innovative educational software platform that hosts all of our online courses. Canvas allows students to easily view their course content, share files, view grades, and communicate with other professionals in the learning community. This 21st Century Learning Management System is user friendly, making it easy to navigate through course content. 


Once you have registered for a online course you can sign into Canvas through this link: https://ufl.instructure.com/


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4. When can I enroll?

Professional Development has an open enrollment policy that allows you to register at anytime. The majority of programs are self-paced, allowing you to start the day you complete registration. If a program has a start date it will be provided in the course description. 

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5. How long do I have to complete my program/course?

The amount of time given to complete the course varies by program. Please view the individual program page for more detailed information.


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6. Is financial aid available?

Financial Aid is not available for non-academic credit/continuing education courses. Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.

 

Note: All programs offered through Professional Development are non-academic credit. 


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7. What is the policy concerning cancellations?

Please click here to view the cancellation policy. 

 

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8. Who can I contact with questions about the Professional Development course/programs?

Click here to contact one of our team members.

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9. Can Professional Development programs be taken outside of the United States?

Yes. All of our courses and programs can be taken be from anywhere in the world as long as a student has access to the internet.

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10. How will I take examinations?

We offer free online proctoring services through ProctorU for courses that require the final exam to be proctored. The following Professional Development programs require a proctored final examination:

Education Services Officers and Navy Campus Education Specialists can administer examinations worldwide. If you are stationed on a ship or located in an isolated installation, any officer can send a request to our office to be approved to act as your proctor.

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11. Can I use my Veteran's Administration educational benefits?

Yes. Students must complete the following steps to receive reimbursement:

  • Submit an Acknowledgement of Reimbursement at the time of registration to our office via fax, or email

  • After successful completion of the program, submit a copy of your Certificate of Completion and a VA Form 21-4138 (Statement in Support of Claim) to the Atlanta (RPO) Regional Processing Office

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12. Any other questions about your VA education benefits?

Call toll-free: 1-888-GI BILL (1-888-422-4551) or visit their website at http://www.gibill.va.gov.

For local contacts, contact:

University of Florida Veterans Affairs Office
222 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL  32611-4000

(352) 294-2948
vacounselor@ufl.edu


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