Business Professional Certificate

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The Business Professional Certificate consists of professional development workshops and events that program participants are required to attend. Workshops are offered spring and fall semesters (please note workshops are not offered during the winter or summer breaks) and are presented by business leaders and professionals with expertise in the topic covered. The Certificate is awarded to students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the program, which is completing 70% of the workshops (14). Our calendar is updated every semester with detailed information on workshops and a bio on each speaker. The awarding of certifications takes place at SCPD's Awards Banquet, every May.

Enrollment is open to students who meet the following requirements:


Professional development workshops are also sponsored by other campus organizations and sometimes cover the same or similar topics. These organizations are The Leadership Academy, the Career Development Center and ABSOC. SCPD will give students credit for attending workshops sponsored by these other organizations if they are similar in content to Passport workshops.

SCPD will give elective credit for attending professional development workshops covering subject matter not offered by SCPD if the workshop has been deemed in advance to be “Passport Approved”. Depending on the subject matter SCPD may determine that these elective credits satisfy one or more Passport requirements.

Business Professional Certificate Requirements

Event Points
Who am I?
SCPD Orientation 10
Mission, Vision, Values 10
Team Building and the Five Dysfunctions of a Team 10
Conflict Resolution 10
Professional Communication 10
Where am I going?
How to Reach Your Goals: Personal, Education, Financial, Work… 10
Financial Planning for Today’s Young Professional 10
Ethics in Business: Giving Voice to Values Now and in Your Career 10
Business Etiquette 10
The Power of the Arts for the 21st Century Business Professional 10
How do I get there?
Leadership in the Workplace 10
Ace that Interview! Behavior Based Techniques 10
Effective Networking and the Proper Use of Social Media 10
Resume Writing for Business Majors 10
Elevator Pitch 10
How do I transition?
Effective Strategies for a Job Search and eRecruiting 10
Pursuing the Right Job Opportunity 10
Negotiating for a Job 10
So You Want to Start a Business 10
CMP Introduction 10
Workshop Substitutions
Community Service: 10
- Community Scholars
- The Wooden Floor
- Rotary Readers
- Ronald McDonald House
- Centennial Park
- Other
- Art Event 10
- Ethics at the Beach 10
- CBA 493 - Internship Course 10
Total Possible Workshop Points 200
Minimum necessary for Certification - 70% 140




  • SCPD Orientation: An overview of SCPD and the professional development opportunities available for CBA students (business majors and minors).
  • Mission, Vision, Values: Intended to align your vision of your future with your personal attributes and value system to help you make better career choices.
  • Team Building and the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A teamwork oriented workshop to help you be more effective in a team environment by providing an understanding of how individual psychological profiles affect team interaction and identifying five things that contribute to team dysfunction.
  • Professional Communication (a.k.a.: Communication Etiquette): This workshop provides best practices to enhance both in-person and electronic communication in the workplace.
  • Conflict Resolution: This workshop provides students with productive approaches to ending conflict including active listening and engagement, surfacing the real conflict, uncovering / creating common ground, and building a positive new dynamic .


  • How to Reach Your Goals: Personal, Education, Financial, Work…It’s Easier Than You Think! (a.k.a. Goal Setting/Time Management): Learn how the best of the best reach and exceed their goals each and every time!
  • Financial Planning For Today’s Young Professional: Learn some of the basics and advanced strategies that are necessary in today’s world to achieve financial success!
  • The Power of the Arts for the 21st Century Business Professional: This workshop will talk about the importance of the arts for the 21st century business professionals and how cultural literacy in the arts and creative thinking can be helpful at business functions, job interviews, etc.
  • Business Etiquette: This workshop will focus on appearance, behavior and attitude in the corporate world, and also provide insight on social skills and other information relevant in any business function for a successful professional.
  • Ethics in Business: Giving Voice to Values Now and in Your Career! While we usually know the right thing to do, dealing with potential conflict can feel uncomfortable and takes practice. Most crises are avoidable. We will look at what giving voice to values can mean, how you can apply it in situations you encounter in life and the workplace, with tips and discussion on managing them .

Some workshops offered by the Career Development Center and Leadership Academy are Passport Approved.


  • Leadership in the Workplace: A discussion on what is leadership and specific traits that employers look for when hiring a new team member, and how, as an entry level employee, you can demonstrate your leadership skills. Opportunity for self-assessment and tips on how to improve specific traits will be provided.
  • Effective Networking and the proper use of Social Media: This workshop teaches you how to build and maintain a professional network, how social networks are used in a business environment and what employers look for when using them to screen prospective employees.
  • Ace That Interview! Behavior Based Techniques: Instruction on how to be well prepared for interviews, including what employers ask and why, how to answer those questions and how to prepare for your internship or job interview.
  • How to Get Your Resume Noticed: learn how to create a stellar resume.
  • Elevator Speech: Make a Good First Impression in less than 30 Seconds: learn how to summarize your accomplishments and leave a strong and positive impression in any situation. Great for job interviews!

Some workshops offered by the Career Development Center and Leadership Academy are Passport Approved.



  • Effective Strategies for a Job Search and eRecruiting: Students need a strategy for landing the job that they want. This workshop will provide tips of how to develop that strategy with successful methods, pros and cons, and how to analyze factors driving hiring, and how to use the internet based job search to your advantage.
  • Pursuing the Right Job Opportunity (f.k.a. Evaluating a Job Offer): Learn the tools necessary to evaluate a job offer with confidence, how to align your values, skills and preferences with potential job opportunities.
  • Negotiating for a Job: Life is a negotiation and nowhere is this truer than when negotiating a job offer or a salary increase. This workshop will discuss important factors in good negotiations and how to apply them when negotiating a job opportunity.
  • So You Want to Start a Business: Not a workshop on entrepreneurship, but a guide to the practical considerations of starting any business.
  • CMP Introduction: CBA senior students have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor from the corporate world who will prepare them for a career as they shift their focus from academics to profession. This workshop is an introduction to the Corporate Mentoring Program, including how students benefit from having a mentor and the requirements to get in.

Students must complete a minimum of 70% of the workshops to receive a certificate.

Pace of Achievement

As can be seen from the above, it is possible for a student to earn three Certificates over a two year period. However, that would involve an incredible effort beginning with a student’s first semester as a junior. Students attempting such an accomplishment should be mindful of the time commitments required for academics, work, social events and other extracurricular activities (i.e. sports or student organizations). Ambitious students should also be able to earn one or more of the Certificates in the course of an academic year. Though again, this would involve a time commitment that most students may wish to spread out over two years, so it does not interfere with other activities.



Students are responsible for ensuring that their activities are properly recorded in their Passport and in the SCPD office to ensure proper certification award. The SCPD office maintains a database of student activities to ensure that commitments are being kept and it is important that this database be accurate.

Do not lose your Passport. It is a record of your achievements. You will be charged $25.00 for a replacement passport.