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Continuing Education

The NMU Continuing Education and Workforce Development office 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.

Upcoming events

The NMU CDL Truck Driving School has now been approved to offer CDL B

Northern Michigan University (NMU), Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) will provide up to 40 hours of instruction (Class/Range/OTR) in a straight truck that is fully insured, covering each student that is enrolled in the program. Classes will normally run 8 hours/day, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM for 1 week.  The total cost of this program is $2,450 which includes the course, course materials, textbook and the use of the NMU straight truck for one State of Michigan CDL driver license test.

Call (906)227-2103 for more information and scheduling! 


* Schedule for 2024:

January 15 - February 16, 2024- Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

February 19 - March 22, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

March 25 - April 26, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

April 29 - May 24, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

April 29 - May 31, 2024- Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

May 28 - June 21, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

May 28 - June 28, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

July 8 - August 2, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

July 8 - August 9, 2024 -  Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

August 12 - September 6, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

August 12 - September 13, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

September 16 - October 18, 2024- Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

October 21 - November 22, 2024 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

November 25 - December 20, 2024- 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

TIG - Welding as a Hobby - Beginners

This class is for anyone that wants to learn about TIG (Tungsten inert gas) welding.

This beginning hands-on class will delve into the fundamental principles and techniques of TIG welding under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Through a blend of interactive demonstrations and practical exercises, you will learn about TIG welding equipment, including power sources, torches, and shielding gas systems, working with different types of metals, hand-eye coordination and torch manipulation, welding positions with plenty of time for practice, questions & answers. This class will start May 1, 2024 and meet Wednesday’s from 6 PM – 9 PM for 6 weeks at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex.

The cost is $615 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.

***IMPORTANT - If you have a pacemaker or similar item you MUST consult your doctor before enrolling. This is due to the high-frequency start that TIG welding utilizes to establish the arc. 

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

Grief Support Specialist Program

The Grief Support Specialist Program is an online, 8 week, non-credit certificate program through Continuing Education and Workforce Development at NMU. This program evolved from the Grief Specialist Program at UW-Madison.

Participants will learn the principles and many practical tools and techniques to enhance their professional and personal life related to grief. 

Courses will be held via zoom on eight consecutive Mondays from 6:00pm-9:00pm EST, beginning on April 22, 2024

Attendance is required for all eight training sessions.



Workshop Series Titles:

  1. "Youth Mental Health: Supporting Resilience in Adversity" Friday, February 9, 2024 • Program 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM (ET) Presenter: Sarah Carlson, LMSW
  2. 1 hour WEBINAR "Crisis Management: Safety Planning with a Family in Crisis".  Friday, March 14, 2024 • Program 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (ET) Presenter: Caroline Cheng, PhD, MSW
  3. "Skill Building: Working with Trauma, Grief and Loss with Children and Families" Thursday, April 25, 2024 • Program 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (ET)
  4. "Staff Retention: Burnout Prevention and Stress Management" Thursday, September 12, 2024 • Program 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (ET) 

All courses will be held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Free for students and $45 for others non MDHHS folks.

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


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.


2024 schedule is now available.

Registrations opens one month before a class start date.

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.


Beginning - May 3 & 4, 2024 (Friday & Saturday) - Escanaba

See the schedule for a complete listing of classes.

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.


See the schedule for a complete listing.

Additional classes may be added as available and approved.

The NMU RBT training course is free and open to participants living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who are 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma.

This course will be open enrollment until August 1, 2023. Email to register.

For those outside of the Upper Peninsula looking to take this course, cost is $150 for the training ONLY and $300 for training + initial competency assessment. To register, fill out this form and send to

Cannabis skills are in demand. The cannabis industry is creating thousands of exciting career opportunities in Michigan, and nationally, yet a significant shortage of qualified professionals exists. NMU now offers the highest quality non-credit university certificates with focused instruction from top experts in the cannabis industry.

Click here for more details on Cannabis Studies.

Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) provides quality courses that address contemporary issues that social workers face today. CEWD is dedicated to helping social workers meet their professional development and continuing education needs. 

Ethics and Pain Management 

This course will provide a refresher on ethical principles and standards of the NASW Code of Ethics and will cover practical, easy-to-use ethical problem-solving techniques.  It will be presented by Paul Olson, LMSW CAADC, and Liz Pepin, PA. 

Course Details:

  • Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm 
  • Location: NMU John X. Jamrich Hall - Room 3100
    1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855
  • Cost: $65.00
  • Includes: 7 SWCE's - MCBAP Approved


Learn more about the Social Work Profession by clicking here.

Whether you are looking to expand your skillset, earn professional credits, or learn something new, our online professional development courses and certificates pair perfectly with a busy schedule. Courses are self-paced and online, accessible from anywhere, and available on mobile. 

Click here for a list of available courses.


NMU 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. These short courses are available at no charge. Click here to access course information.

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