Professional Advancement Courses


Online Courses

These online courses are longer in duration, six months more or less, and can be started at any time (check individual class info). You proceed at your own pace and gain a more in-depth knowledge of the subject matter covered.

Courses For Teachers

The following courses for teachers include: courses taught by Cal Poly faculty on campus, scheduled online courses taught on a six week repeating schedule by contracted providers, and courses taught online at your own pace.

Professional Certificate Programs


Ideal for working professionals, community members as well as matriculated Cal Poly students, professional certificate programs offered through Cal Poly Extended Education provide expertise in a variety of subjects. Participants are not required to apply for admission to these certificate programs or to enroll in all courses offered. Those that choose to complete the required courses will be awarded a certificate.

The professional certificate is not designed for matriculated students to complete requirements for a degree, rather each course is designed to increase competence. As for any courses offered through Extended Education, we reserve the right to cancel, postpone or combine classes. Classes may be cancelled if fewer than the required number of students enroll. Every effort will be made to avoid canceling classes. However, Cal Poly Extended Education receives no support from public funds and the necessity of operating on a self-supporting basis requires registration minimums.


Business Analytics

The Professional Certificate in Business Analytics empowers graduates with the knowledge, tools, and decision-making skills to solve businesses’ most pressing problems while advancing their professional careers in the exciting and fast growing field of data analytics. More

Packaging Value Chain

Through world-class, instructor-led, online education, the professional certificates offered via the M.S. in Packaging Value Chain program provide coursework leading to comprehensive understanding of the critical subsets of the packaging value chain proposition in the global context.

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