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Our courses

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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.  

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.

Signature opportunities

Some of our specialty areas include:

Addiction Studies Continuing Education

In partnership with the VCU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, several noncredit pathways of continuing education will soon be available, including a VCU Noncredit Certificate in Addiction Studies for CSAC educational requirements, a VCU 20-Hour Clinical Supervision Course, and VCU Continuing Education in Addiction courses for professionals and community members. Registration for "What is Addiction", a FREE 1 Contact Hour Online Module is open.

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

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.

Craft Beer Certificate Program

This new noncredit program, for participants who are 21 and over, is a partnership with industry and on-campus partners including the VCU School of Business, VCU Brandcenter, VCU College of Engineering, and VCU Department of Biology. An introductory course, "P's & Q's: An Introduction to Craft Beer", is offered several times annually. Our first cohort in the Business of Craft Beer began in September 2018.

Cultural competency and language classes

These classes, 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, French, Italian, German, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Medical Spanish, Arabic and American Sign Language. Faculty and staff may be eligible to use a tuition waiver for these 1-credit courses.

Hospitality courses

As a university partner with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI), VCU OCPE offers these noncredit event planning courses:

Noncredit online learning

In addition to online options for hospitality programs and test prep courses, VCU OCPE offers an online, noncredit certificate program in Disability Support Services in Higher Education with the VCU Division for Academic Success, as well as a variety of noncredit online courses and noncredit certificates in partnership with The Learning Resources Network (LERN). Courses are available in Customer Service, Selling, Self-Publishing, Computer Skills, Workplace topics, Google Tools, Podcasting, Social Media, and more.

Personal enrichment

Our opportunities for personal growth vary widely and include introductory and advanced Aikido, PADI Open Water Scuba, and mindfulness workshops, and have included a primer on Richmond’s acclaimed French Film Festival, a noncredit Introduction to Writing Memoir course, family team-building workshops, and organization workshops taught by Certified Professional Organizers.

We also offer seasonally, a FREE Community Series on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at Regency.

Play Therapy Training Program

We offer a series of six 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). Explore and learn how to apply the therapeutic power of play to communicate with, and treat clients.

VCU Test Prep Program

Our test preparation courses for the GMAT®, GRE®LSAT®, SAT® and ACT® were designed by a team of former standardized exam question writers and test preparation experts. We will be expanding to include Praxis Core Test Prep for those entering the teaching profession. VCU Test Prep includes:

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