Continuing Education

Continuing Education

NMU provides opportunities for continuing your education in the areas of commercial driver's license (CDL), real estate appraisal, school bus drivers, motorcycle safety, social work, test preparation, online certifications, online cannabis studies, and more. CEWD offers online and in-person training and testing opportunities. 


Workforce Development at NMU

Workforce Development

NMU works with regional companies, entrepreneurs, schools and agencies, and industry to meet the current and future workforce needs of the Upper Peninsula and beyond.


Cybersecurity, UPCI at Northern Michigan University


The Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute (UPCI) at NMU is the only facility of its kind in the U.P. and one of six statewide. The institute offers non-degree and industry credentials relevant to emerging careers in cybersecurity.

Upcoming Events

Welding as a Hobby - Beginning - Intermediate

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate, this class is for you.

Welding as a hobby is a fun activity and a great way to tackle some of those DIY projects! This beginning/intermediate course is meant to show you the basics including safety, power sources, equipment set-up, general usage of oxygen acetylene cutting torches, arc welding and mig or wire feed welding along with plenty of time for practice, questions & answers. This class will start March 18, 2023 and meet every Saturday from 9 AM
until Noon for 6 weeks at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex.

The cost is $475 and includes instruction, equipment and all materials. Register today! Must meet an 8-person minimum. If you have your own welding hood, jacket, safety glasses or gloves, bring them with you. If you don't have these items, we will provide them for your use.

Call 906-227-2103 to register or complete this Registration form and email it to CEWD.  



* Schedule for the 2022-2023 season 

March 6 - April 7, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks

April 10 - May 5, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

May 9 - June 2, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

June 5 - June 30, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

July 17 - August 11, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

August 14 - September 8, 2023 Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks


Choose one session.

*If you are interested in attending a CDL session, please call (906)227-2103 or email

NMU, Jacobetti Complex, Room 103, 2296 Sugarloaf Ave., Marquette

Register today for NMU Truck Driving School

Grief Support Specialist Program

The Grief Support Specialist Program is a non-credit certificate program through Continuing Education and Workforce Development at NMU. This program evolved from the Grief Specialist Program at UW-Madison.

This program is 8 weeks and online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Two weekend sessions are included. The course involves detailed lectures/instruction, illustrative case studies and client stories, facilitated discussions and activities as well a project phase where participants can design a project of importance to their employer or for their own personal development.

CE Opportunities: 

16 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) through the Department of Education

24 Credits - Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative

Association for Death Education and Counseling

National Association of Social Workers

The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT programs.”

Register here


Workshop Series Titles:

  1. "Mindfulness Exercise and Techniques to Prevent Burnout and Manage Stress" - WEBINAR - February 17, 2023. 10:00am - 11:15am EST 

  2. "Strategies for Effective Supervision and Mentoring in the Child Welfare System"- 10:00am - 1:15pm April 28, 2023. This Training is IN PERSON.  FREE for students, and $45 for others non MDHHS folks

  3. "Secondary Trauma Mitigation: Witnessing Trauma in the Workplace". 10:00 am - 1:15 pm September 1, 2023, by Caroline Cheng, PhD, MSW). This is an online training via zoom. Free for students and $45 for others non MDHHS folks

All courses will be held via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

All these trainings are primarily for social workers and other workers, who work with diverse populations with specific needs. Situations that involve child protection, foster care/adoption, domestic violence, mental health concerns, addiction, and all sorts of disabilities and other challenges people face in their daily lives. The workshops will provide a better understanding of what workers face often, such as secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, working with a diverse population, etc. On the other end, the training will offer opportunities for participants to look at the latest research in those areas, and practice some techniques of self care to improve their overall wellbeing. Lastly, the webinar aims at providing a safe space for participants to tackle issues relating to relationships (with supervisors, among colleagues, with clients and their families). Developing a trusting and respectful relationship is the key and building block of a positive workplace environment. It is hoped that participants will learn and use some effective tools and strategies in fostering a positive relationship in both their personal and work life. 

Register Here! 


Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday January 10 & 11, 2023 from 1:00–4:00pm EST

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM on both days.

Cost $75 per person and includes 6 Social Work CE's and PD and a certificate of completion

Register here or by emailing 



NMU offers a full range of residential and non-residential continuing education appraisal courses at sites located throughout Michigan and across the U.S. via webinar delivery that are convenient, relevant, of high quality and affordable.


February 16, 2023: USPAP & MI Law - East Lansing

February 17, 2023: Appraising for Non-Regulated Clients - East Lansing

February 23, 2023: Desk Appraisal Review - Zoom

February 24, 2023: URAR & USPAP - NEW - Zoom

See the schedule for a complete listing.

Additional classes may be added as available and approved.

NMU is the state-approved School Bus Driver Training Agency for the central and western Upper Peninsula. The purpose of school bus safety instruction is to promote safe, efficient pupil transportation programs, using Michigan Department of Education approved curriculum.


Continuing Education - January 23, 2023 (Monday) - Marquette

Continuing Education - January 28, 2023 (Saturday) - Escanaba

Beginning - February 3 & 4, 2023 (Friday & Saturday) - Marquette

Continuing Education - February 11, 2023 (Saturday) - Gladstone

Continuing Education - February 13, 2023 (Monday) - Iron River

Continuing Education - February 17, 2023 (Friday) - Houghton

See the schedule for a complete listing of classes

The Michigan Learning Channel is a relatively new statewide program from Michigan's PBS stations that offers high-quality distance learning resources to students, teachers, and families. This course will introduce the programming and content available on the platform, demonstrate how to accesses resources via television and on the website, and share MLC's plans to support learning initiatives throughout the school year, especially during out of school hours. 

The on-demand course is self-paced. You can register for it and complete it whenever is convenient for you. You will receive your SCECHs when you complete the course.

The course is approved for 1.5 SCECH hours and is $25.00 to attend. To register call (906)227-2103 today or email a completed registration form to 


Free & live online. For more information or to schedule a course, email

With the popularity of motorcycle riding on the increase statewide and across the country this program offers riders of all skill levels some of the most comprehensive training available anywhere. All of our instructors are MSF certified rider coaches in addition to being experienced avid riders.


The Schedule for the 2023 season will be available in March 2023.

Registrations opens one month before a class start date.


POSTPONED: This two week training will be hands-on and taught by one of Northern Michigan University's certified Welding Instructors at the Jacobetti Complex Welding Lab starting in the Winter of 2022. 

Training will include safety, power sources, equipment set-up including wire feeder, shielding glass, methods of transfer and electrode selection; equipment maintenance, welding with SMAW, solid wire, flux core, gas shielded flux core, troubleshooting common wire welding and finish welding problems burnback.

This training is FREE to eligible applicants through the Regional Innovation Talent Grant.  To check eligibility, please complete the application here and return to CEWD. 

If you have any questions, please call the NMU Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at (906)227-2103!


Northern Michigan University faculty have produced a series of free self-paced online educational modules on various topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from scientific aspects to impacts to communities, businesses, and families.

For Educators

Adult students require programs that deliver results specific to their professional needs with course schedules and delivery methods that allow participation outside the traditional semester format. Continuing Education’s goal is to provide these vitally important lifelong learning opportunities to individuals and groups in the Upper Peninsula and beyond.