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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 credit-bearing and noncredit 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 now 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 the VCU School of Engineering, the VCU Biology Department, and other on-campus and community partners. The Business of Craft Beer and The Craft Brewer Certificate tracks are coming soon! Each track will begin with the introductory course "P's & Q's: An Introduction to Craft Beer".

Cultural competency and language classes

These classes 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 and design courses:

Noncredit art courses

Art courses may be taken for teacher recertification, or for professional or personal education. Classes have been located on and off-campus, and have covered a variety of topics including Book Arts, Business of Comics I & II, and a World Drumming Workshop with an internationally recognized exemplar music educator.

Noncredit online courses and certificates

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 certificates in partnership with The Learning Resources Network (LERN).

Personal enrichment

Our opportunities for personal growth vary widely and include workshops such as Family Team-Building, introductory and advanced aikido, scuba diving and urban cycling, and have included a primer on Richmond’s acclaimed French Film Festival, a noncredit Introduction to Writing Memoir course. Organization workshops taught by Certified Professional Organizers have also been available, including: Fundamental Principles of Organization, Organizing for the Way You Think, Paper Management: File It, Don't Pile It, People Management, Policies, Procedures and Processes, and Time Management. 

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). Play can be used to help people, especially children, better process their experiences and develop more effective communication strategies.

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. All Test Prep courses include:

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