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 February 3, 2024 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 2023-2024 season 

October 16 - November 17, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks - Half day session

November 27 - December 22, 2023 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks. 

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

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


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.


Watch for a Winter Schedule.

See the schedule for a complete listing.

Additional classes may be added as available and approved.

NMU CEWD and Pathfinder Maritime have teamed up to make earning a maritime license simple and easy! Completing one of these National Maritime Center (NMC) approved programs is the first step in earning your professional maritime license and advancing your career. 


  • OUPV/Six-Pack: An Operator of Uninspected Vessel (OUPV) license allows its holder to carry up to six passengers-for-hire. This is the perfect license for fishing guides, sailing tours, and others.
  • 100 Ton Master: A 100 Ton Master license allows you to operate inspected vessels up to 100 Tons while carrying more than six passengers. Use this license to captain ferries, research vessels, small cruise ships, and others.
  • 200 Ton Mate/Master: This course allows you to serve as the Mate or Master (depending on your experience) of a vessel up to 200 Tons.
  • Able Seaman: An Able Seaman credential is a great license for those advancing their maritime careers. This credential allows its holders to serve as a watch-stander, lead the deck department, and a variety of other responsibilities. 

Enrollment begins March 2023. Optional in-person training and NMC licensing assistance will be held May 12-13, September 2023, and additional future dates.

This program is approved by the National Maritime Center and can be substituted for NMC required testing. This is a non-credit NMU offering.

We simplify the maritime licensing process so you can own your on-the-water career!

Ask about our Military, veteran, first-responder discounts and tuition assistance

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Contact the Pathfinder Team for Questions

Email: Phone: 414-409-7228


HAZWOPER: 40-hour Full Initial training

December 4 - 8, 2023 in Marquette

If you have 6 or more people, we can set up a class for you.

See the schedule for registration information.

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

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 - February 3 & 4, 2024 (Saturday & Sunday) - Marquette

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

See the schedule for a complete listing of classes

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.


Watch for the 2024 schedule in March 2024.

Registrations opens one month before a class start date.


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


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.