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. What is Sakai?

  5. When can I enroll?

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

  7. Is financial aid available?

  8. What is the policy concerning cancellations?

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

 
1. What is Professional Development?
Professional Development offers non-credit pre-licensure and pre-certification programs and courses for those interested in improving their professional skills, seeking a credential, or searching for a change in career.
 
2. Which category is right for me, Continuing Education, Pre-Certification, or Pre-Licensure?
  1. Professional Development: 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.
 
3. What is Sakai?
Sakai is an educational software platform that hosts a variety of Professional Development programs. Sakai allows students to view their course content, share files, view grades, and communicate with fellow students and instructors.
The Sakai website can be accessed at https://lss.at.ufl.edu/
 
4. What is Canvas?
Canvas is our innovative educational software platform that hosts a variety of Professional Development programs. Canvas also allows students to view their course content, share files, view grades, and communicate with fellow students and instructors.
The Canvas learning management system can be accessed at https://lss.at.ufl.edu/
 
5. When can I enroll?
Professional Development has an open enrollment policy. This means that students can enroll at any time.
 
6. 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.
 
7. Is financial aid available?
Financial Aid is not available through the University of Florida for Professional Development courses and programs. Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.
 
8. What is the policy concerning cancellations?
Tuition refund policies vary by program. Please view the individual program or course page for more detailed information.
 
9. Who can I contact with questions about the Professional Development course/programs?
Contact Professional Development
  1. Can Professional Development programs be taken outside of the United States?

  2. How will I take examinations?

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

 

1. 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.

2. How will I take examinations?

 

The following Professional Development programs require a proctored final examination:

  • Dietary Manager Training
  • Insurance Pre-Licensing
  • Water Management

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.

3. 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 mail, 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
 

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