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When traditional just won't do.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Continuing and Professional Education recognizes that millions of adult learners across the country are looking for something other than a traditional four-year degree. So we offer something different — courses designed to suit your personal and professional goals, as well as your schedule.
With a world-class faculty, strong national brand and enduring community relationships, VCU offers an optimal environment for working professionals to pursue their continuing education and career aspirations. Our course portfolio is robust and continually growing.
Types of courses
Our office offers noncredit and credit courses. Some courses also offer continuing education units, which are a way of officially recognizing the time you put into your professional education when credits aren’t available.
- Noncredit: These courses are not eligible for credit toward degree programs. Students who take noncredit courses receive contact hours for participation. These courses are open to all learners.
- Credit: These courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits toward a degree, certificate or license renewal. Course credits are measured in semester hours. Students who take credit courses receive a grade at the end of the semester. Auditing Graduate Courses: Class size permitting, students may register for graduate courses on an audit basis, meaning they enroll in courses, but do not receive academic credit upon completion. Audit students are charged the regular rate of tuition and fees. Learn more on the VCU Graduate Bulletin website.
- CEUs: The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measurement used to recognize participation in noncredit continuing education programs. CEUs are not equivalent to undergraduate or graduate credit and are only recorded to one decimal point (i.e., 14 contact hours is equivalent to 1.4 CEUs). Visit our CEU website for more information.
Some of our specialty areas include:
In partnership with the VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, a FREE 1 Contact Hour Online Module "What is Addiction" is available for community members.
The VCU paralegal certificate program is a six-month noncredit certificate program designed to advance legal industry skills and career options. We focus on practical knowledge in the law profession to prepare you to be competitive in a legal career search.
This noncredit program, for participants who are 21 and over, is a partnership with industry and on-campus partners. An introductory course is offered several times annually.
Join the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, in partnership with local brewers and the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education, for "Commonwealth Classroom: Thirsty Thursdays with Richmond Beeristoric," every Thursday in May.
These classes, typically offered in the fall and spring semesters, introduce adult learners to different cultures and assist them in becoming interculturally competent and exposed to world languages. Language classes are conversation-based with an emphasis on oral fluency and listening, and have included Conversational Spanish, German, Italian, and French. Faculty and staff may be eligible to use a tuition benefit for these 1-credit courses.
In partnership with the VCU College of Engineering, noncredit and credit-based professional development opportunities are offered to adult learners including but not limited to entry-level scientists, engineers, technicians, supervisory personnel, and business managers of all types. Courses may be appropriate as on-boarding for new employees. Networking and educational sessions have also been available for alumni and industry professionals through the VCU College of Engineering Alumni Board. Participants may be eligible to receive professional development hours for licensure.
Additional training courses are offered to VCU College of Engineering students, to obtain the proper certification and training to use the VCU Maker Garage space.
As a university partner with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI), VCU OCPE offers these noncredit event planning courses:
In addition to online options for hospitality programs and test prep courses, VCU OCPE offers a variety of noncredit online courses and noncredit certificates in partnership with The Learning Resources Network (LERN). Courses have included Customer Service, Selling, Computer Skills, Workplace topics, Google Analytics, Social Media, and more.
Two topics courses in partnership with the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture allow students to study specialized topics in mass communications including Digital Media Strategies for the COVID-19 Crisis and Solutions Journalism: Reporting during COVID-19 and Beyond.
The Fundamentals of Computing specialization is open to non-computer science majors/minors, VCU and VCU Health employees, and nondegree-seeking students including VCU Alumni. Register for online courses in Computers and Programming; Software Engineering and Web Development; Data Science Skills; and Cybersecurity Skills.
Our opportunities for personal growth vary widely and include introductory Aikido and a World Drumming Workshop, and have included PADI Open Water Scuba, mindfulness workshops, a primer on Richmond’s acclaimed French Film Festival, and more.
We also offer seasonally, a FREE Community Series on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, in partnership with Regency. 2020 sessions will be held virtually.
Explore and learn how to apply the therapeutic power of play to communicate with, and treat clients. We offer a series of APT-Approved noncredit weekend workshops designed for licensed, mental health professionals and school-based counselors, which are part of the requirements for application to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or School-Based Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT).
- Extensive classroom or live-online instruction with experienced, expert instructors
- Extended access to our experts beyond the classroom or online experience
- Comprehensive preparation materials, including actual questions from previous exams
- Multiple practice test-taking opportunities
- Flexible face-to-face and live-online schedule options for most tests
- Flexibility and guidance
- Score-boosting strategies
- Knowledgeable teachers
- All your prep, all in one place