Professional Development Programs

You've been in your industry or job to know enough about where your gaps are. Perhaps you're looking to make a horizontal move into another discipline. Maybe your career trajectory is held back because you have a few gaps in your skill sets. Offered through SSU's School of Extended Education and designed to meet career demands and fit your busy schedule, the professional programs from Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics can help.

Our professional programs are offered in partnership with the university's School of Extended and International Education. Registration for the professional programs is administered through SEE. Some programs may have an application process before you are allowed to register. Please refer to the correct contact for more information.

Professional Sales Certificate

The Professional Sales Certificate offers students a competitive edge by exposing them to the various aspects of professional selling and the essential skills necessary to enter the field. Students with a sales education ramp up on the job fifty percent faster than their peers without sales education. Learn more about the certificate.

For further information contact Sarah Dove at

Human Resources Management Certificate

The Human Resources Management (HRM) Certificate teaches the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage the human resources in today's complex business environment. The program combines technical knowledge with skill building in areas like managing a diverse workforce, conflict resolution, compensation and benefits, and employee development. Whether you are a seasoned professional looking for a systematic review of Human Resource Management, a professionals whose primary training has been on-the-job or a manager who needs current, specialized knowledge, the twelve-module, 45-hour HRM Certificate will help you on the job. Learn more about the certificate.

For further information contact Susan Adams at

Hospitality Management Certificate

The Hospitality Management Certificate allows students to follow their passion in hospitality and further gain the skills needed to be successful in a growing profession. The Certificate encompasses hospitality management with in-depth overviews of business aspects, management leadership, branding, and much more. Furthermore, network with local hospitality leaders ranging from event planners to general managers of hotels. Learn more about the certificate.

For further information contact Kyuho Lee at

Wine Business Institute

The Wine Business Institute offers various professional development programs from full certificates to individual seminars. Learn more about their wine business education offerings.

  • Wine Business Seminars
  • Tasting Room Management Certificate
  • Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate
  • Wine Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Online Wine Business Management Certificate

For further information contact the Wine Business Institute at (707) 664-3347 or


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