Ongoing Courses and Classes

The following learning opportunities recur at various times of the year. This is a mix of for-credit academic courses, courses earning continuing education units (CEUs), and training run by established organizations. Some offer a certificate of completion (which is not professional certification). We have also indicated which require on-site attendance, offer online participation, or both.

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United States

Arkansas
Certified Volunteer Manager Program
Sponsor: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Arkansas Public Administration Consortium developed and sponsors a nationally recognized Certified Volunteer Manager Program (CVM) designed for administrators, directors, managers, and coordinators of volunteers and volunteer programs.  The DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support is the cosponsor of the program.

On-site Only
California
Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management

Offers various classes in nonprofit management, including volunteer management.

On-site Only
Delaware
Delaware Volunteer Management Certification Training
Sponsor: Delaware Technical & Community College

Listed on their site as "offered upon request."

District of Columbia
Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service - Washington, DC
Sponsor: Fund for American Studies, at Georgetown University

Intensive eight-week summer academic and internship program for college undergraduates from across the nation who are engaged in tutoring, mentoring, and other kinds of service programs on and off their campuses, and who are interested in exploring careers in the nonprofit sector.

On-site Only
Florida
Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
Sponsor: University of Florida
Gainsville

Online program for students seeking to either advance in their current nonprofit organization and take on leadership positions or begin their own nonprofit.

Both on-site and online
Illinois
Values-Centered Leadership Certificate
Sponsor: DePaul University

An online 10-week, non-credit course in leadership development offered by Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project within the School of Public Service. Participants, along with a supportive online learning community, explore universal values, principles and practices to improve leadership. Individuals examine strengths and areas for growth, explore new models of communication and develop a plan to put learning into action personally and professionally.

Online Only
Indiana
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Sponsor: Indiana University-Perdue University

While not offering volunteer management courses specifically, this is an established center for philanthropy studies and its for-credit and noncredit programs are relevant.    

On-site Only
Kansas
Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership
Sponsor: The Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University and Points of Light

1 year, 12 credit hour undergraduate leadership certificate program. "The certificate is available to anyone across the country with a passion for creating positive community impact, and is ideal for undergraduate students, those working with nonprofits, or national service members." All courses are delivered virtually and community-based service is integrated throughout.

Online Only
New Jersey
Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance
Sponsor: Rutgers University School of Social Work

Dedicated to scholarship, training, research, consultation, technical assistance and public policy formation relevant to the leadership of nonprofit organization. Volunteer management is incorporated into a range of their offerings.

Both on-site and online
New Jersey
MPA in Nonprofit Management
Sponsor: Seton Hall University

Seton Hall's nationally ranked degree in Nonprofit Management prepares nonprofit managers and  volunteer administrators to take leadership roles in their organizations and the community. There is a core course on volunteer management and the subject is incorporated into a variety of other courses.

On-site Only
New York
MS in Nonprofit Management
Sponsor: The New School for Public Engagement

The New School has long been known for creative and innovative studies and this master's program is committed to social change and a global world view.  Also see the Post-Master's Certificate in Leadership and Change.

On-site Only
North Carolina
Basics of Volunteer Management
Sponsor: NC Association of Volunteer Administration (NCAVA)
Whiteville

The 10-week course will cover volunteer recruitment, retention, risk management, recognition, etc. Graduates of the class will receive one Continuing Education credit from Southeastern Community College (Whiteville, NC), 12 hours toward NCAVA certification as a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina, as well as several completed components of the certification portfolio.

bi-annually: January & September
Online Only
North Carolina
Graduate Certificate in Administration and Leadership - Youth and Family Programs
Sponsor: North Carolina State University

Prepares future, and strengthens current, professionals to assume administrative positions and/or leadership roles within community-based youth and/or family development. The required courses are designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and application of critical aspects of leadership (theory and application), administration and supervision, fiscal management, advisory committees and boards, organizational mission and structure, and paid and volunteer human resource management.

Online Only
Ohio
Volunteer Management 101
Sponsor: Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administration
Cincinnati, Ohio

Volunteer Management 101 is an all day introduction and refresher  to volunteer management basic skills.   Providing a broad overview of all aspects of volunteer management, class members will walk away with valuable  materials, insights, and connections to other local volunteer administrators.  Topics include: engaging volunteers, measuring impact, budgets, needs assessments, matching/placement, paid/volunteer staff relations, supervision and evaluation, recognition and retention. Taught by members of CincyAVA at periodic intervals.

On-site Only
Oregon
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management
Sponsor: Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

21 credit hours of graduate coursework in Public Administration with an emphasis in either Public or Nonprofit Management. The Certificate is intended to provide existing and aspiring middle managers in nonprofit and public organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in carrying out their administrative responsibilities. The certificate program has been deliberately created to meet the very high rate of retirements that is occurring at the middle and upper ranks of many nonprofit and public organizations. Has core course on volunteer management.

On-site Only
Oregon
Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program
Sponsor: Portland State University

The Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program (VELP) includes two series of courses (Standard and Advanced) that cover the dynamics of creating a successful volunteer management program. Offers both on-site and online courses with faculty including Nancy Macduff.  It is possible to apply the online courses to earn a Certificate in Volunteer Program Management.

On-site Only
Pennsylvania
Volunteer Administration (HSW 205) Course
Sponsor: Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

This course examines the development and role of volunteerism in a profit-oriented society. Specifically, it is an in-depth exploration of the fundamentals of volunteer organizations and management from an administrative perspective. It is designed for those whose work brings them into contact with volunteers, the currently employed volunteer administrator, and the student who will eventually be involved with volunteer management.

On-site Only
Texas
Certificate in Volunteer Management
Sponsor: Center for Community Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College
Multiple locations around Texas including Austin

The Certificate in Volunteer Management is four full days of learning with nationally recognized volunteer management experts Kathleen McCleskey and Wendy Biro-Pollard, CVA. The course provides volunteer management basics and beyond and is guaranteed to assist nonprofits, associations and governmental agencies in building a successful volunteer engagement program and enhancing organizational capacity. Scheduled throughout the year at sites across Texas including Austin.

Texas
Mobilizing the Community and Engaging Volunteers course
Sponsor: RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
University of Texas at Austin

Part of the RGK's Center "Portfolio in Nonprofit Studies," permitting graduate students from many disciplines to take a concentration in nonprofit leadership. This course is taught by Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg, a national leader in the volunteer field.

On-site Only
Texas
Online Certificate in Volunteer and Community Resource Management
Sponsor: University of North Texas

An on-line for-credit undergraduate and graduate certificate in Volunteer and Community Resource Management. Courses may also be used as part of an undergraduate or graduate interdisciplinary degree.

Online Only
Virginia
The Mastery 360 Series
Sponsor: Twenty Hats
Oakton, Virginia, USA

Taught by Elisa Kosarin, CVA. Month-long courses starting May 2015. Blended format (classroom, group calls, online forum), classroom sessions in Oakton, VA. Get full schedule and registration information. Courses include: Volunteer Onboarding Soup to Nuts; Leading in a Team-Oriented World; Planning that Pays Off; Communicating with Impact.

Both on-site and online

Canada

Alberta
Nonprofit Management Extension Certificate
Sponsor: Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta

Gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector and board governance in Canada and discover strategies for building successful partnerships and alliances. Includes a course on volunteer management.

Alberta
Volunteer Management Certificate Program
Sponsor: Volunteer Management Insitute
Alberta

Featuring full day workshops you can take individually, or the option to enrol in the complete certificate program. 

Both on-site and online
British Columbia
Event Volunteer Management course
Sponsor: Vancouver Island University
Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Part of a Certificate in Event Management. An introduction to concepts and skills for the successful management of event volunteers. Topics include: the value of volunteers; a five-stage approach to the volunteer cycle; role and responsibilities of the event volunteer coordinator; and the event volunteer management process.

Both on-site and online
British Columbia
Leading Volunteers: Foundations in Volunteer Management
Sponsor: Volunteer Victoria
Burnaby

This course is mostly online format, with one in-person session on January 29, 2015 at Volunteer Burnaby. Learn how to: plan a successful volunteer program; recruit and screen potential volunteers; orient, train, supervise and recognize volunteers effectively within your program; and evaluate and market your program effectively. You’ll also get grounded in skills such as giving effective feedback and delegating, as well as building beneficial volunteer-staff relations and negotiating change management. Current trends in the field and supports available to people who manage volunteers will also be a focus. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Volunteer Victoria. Please note that attendance at the morning in-person session is mandatory.

British Columbia
Leading Volunteers: Foundations in Volunteer Management
Sponsor: Volunteer Victoria
Burnaby, B.C., Canada

This course is mostly online format, with one in-person session on January 29, 2015 at Volunteer Burnaby. Learn how to: plan a successful volunteer program; recruit and screen potential volunteers; orient, train, supervise and recognize volunteers effectively within your program; and evaluate and market your program effectively. You’ll also get grounded in skills such as giving effective feedback and delegating, as well as building beneficial volunteer-staff relations and negotiating change management. Current trends in the field and supports available to people who manage volunteers will also be a focus. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Volunteer Victoria. Please note that attendance at the morning in-person session is mandatory

Both on-site and online
Manitoba
Volunteer Management Program
Sponsor: Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Designed to expand and/or upgrade your knowledge and management skills to ensure the success of your volunteer programs and their contribution to your organization's goals and objectives. This program covers a wide range of relevant topics, including recruitment and marketing, risk management, program planning and evaluation, interpersonal communication, and working with volunteers. Mainly online courses, with some on-site delivery.

Both on-site and online
Ontario
Certificate in Volunteer Management
Sponsor: Sir Sandford Fleming College
Peterborough

There are four key courses that make up this Certificate. It starts with Foundations (10 weeks); then Spectrum of Volunteer Engagement (10 weeks); then Administration (10 weeks); and finishes with an Applied Project (13 weeks). This Certificate is Ministry of Education Ontario recognized and the courses are all conducted online and in sequence as presented above. This Certificate has a long history of success and just went online in 2014. Each course has great content, a discussion group, assignments and interaction. The course instructor is Donna Lockhart, a well known consultant in volunteer engagement. It is aimed at those wishing to obtain educational certification for working in the field of volunteer management. Donna designed and instructs in 3 of the 4 courses and helped design Spectrum of Engagement, but it is taught by another instructor. 

This is a recurring event, with 4 courses to complete the Certificate in Volunteer Management. Check College site for upcoming start dates.
Online Only
Ontario
Volunteer Management Leadership Certificate
Sponsor: Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Orangeville, Ontario

The longest-running program in volunteer management in Canada's non-profit sector. Teaches the foundations of volunteer management based on best practices and addresses the building blocks which lead to a strong and engaged volunteer team; strategies for planning, developing, evaluating and leading relationships to engage all stakeholders.  Online and in-class options.

Both on-site and online
Ontario
Volunteer Management Program
Sponsor: Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario

Builds personal, organizational and community capacity by equipping students with the skills needed to successfully recruit, focus and retain volunteer resources. It is directed at paid staff or volunteers who have the current function or future goal of engaging volunteers effectively in the social profit sector. The program content aligns with accepted professional standards for the management of volunteer resources, and provides students with the up-to-date information and tools needed to develop and implement best practices. All courses require in-class attendance. Elective courses may be taken by anyone in any semester and are not restricted to those in the program. 

On-site Only