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Continuing and Professional Education

Competency-Based Learning Solutions for Business and Industry



The College of Business Continuing and Professional Education department, CP Ed, addresses the educational needs of professionals searching for career advancement.

CP Ed offers professional certificates in the energy field (Petroleum Land Management Certificate, PLM, and Right of Way Certificate, ROW), management (Retail Management Certificate), and banking (Commercial Credit Certificate).

The PLM Certificate was the first program implemented by CP Ed, and since 2011, UHD has awarded this certificate to over 800 professionals. Its competency-based curriculum has effectively improved the career opportunities of a diverse group of professionals involved in the land management field. According to the results of a recent survey, forty percent of PLM students who completed all required courses in 2013 either obtained a salary increase or gained employment.

This year, CP Ed developed the Commercial Credit Certificate. Its curriculum is the result of the collaboration between several financial institutions and the University of Houston-Downtown. Commercial credit executives from several national and regional banks and the College of Business faculty created a working group to identify the basic skills that lending professionals need for making informed commercial lending decisions.

Using engaging pedagogical strategies, CP Ed develops and implements skills-driven programs that are defined by a knowledgeable faculty in collaboration with industry experts. This strategy has been proven to widen the job opportunities of UHD non-credit graduates and at the same time, strengthen UHD’s contribution to the development of Houston’s workforce.


  • Improve career opportunities
  • Professionals who successfully complete our courses and programs will master knowledge, skills, and abilities valued in the job market. Our courses are recognized by organizations like the American Association of Professional Land Management (AAPL), the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), and Realtor Land Institute (RLI), among others.

  • Boost job performance
  • Our non-credit rigorous courses are the result of the close collaboration among business managers, faculty, and industry experts. Courses are designed with a hands-on, performance-oriented approach and are industry and market-driven.

  • Expand corporate productivity and growth
  • Through collaborative partnership with corporate managers and industry experts our team designs, creates, and implements unique educational and training solutions tailor-made to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for corporate development and growth.

  • Ongoing evaluation to ensure positive business results
  • Courses are assessed in terms of pre-established metrics that indicate staff readiness to excel at their job positions. A thorough evaluation process allows us to adjust learning objectives, pedagogical strategies, and bridge performance gaps if needed.


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