Non Credit Programs and Certificates

Below you will find a bank of Non-Credit Programs and certificates available to you. If you are interested in learning more about Non-Credit programs and certificates, please take a look at our Non-Credit Informational page.

Noncredit Programs and Courses

The Art and Science of Happiness is an online course geared toward sorting out scientific reality from unsubstantiated rumors. In the course participants will describe, discuss and experience the art and science of happiness. The focus will be how happiness and well-being are manifest in the physical, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, spiritual/cultural, behavioral and contextual dimensions of our lives.

The course meets online and is available for noncredit only.

UM's Online Beekeeping Certificate program consists of three university-level courses at the apprentice, journeyman and master levels, culminating in a certificate designating the participant as a "Master Beekeeper." The program is endorsed by the Montana State Beekeepers Association, The American Honey Producers Association and Project Apis m. UM also teaches special topics courses such as Natural Beekeeping. Our courses are taught by UM faculty members and owners of Bee Alert Technology, Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, Scott Debnam and Phillip Welch, widely regarded as one of the nation's premier honey bee research teams.

The Crosscut Sawyer is designed to provide the basic technical knowledge needed by federal land management agency employees and partners to use crosscut saws safely and efficiently for bucking in moderately complex or "B-level" situations. The course is intended to complement, but not replace, field certification, in which sawyers may also be required to prove their competence to a certifying official before being allowed to operate a crosscut saw.

Introduction to Culinary Medicine is an online course available to interested parties in the general public that covers the same material offered at the graduate level, 3-credit university course. It will provide an overview of the many facets and intriguing insights into this newly evolving discipline.

The DEI Professional Certificate is a three-part, highly interactive on-line professional certificate  designed for business professionals interested in gaining proficiency in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion theory and practices. It introduces participants to key concepts and methods for effective promotion and development of diversity, equity and inclusion principles in the workplace. Participants finish the certification with a clear analysis of gender, race, intersectionality and privilege as well as proven methods for implementing DEI principles to effect substantive change. Specific resources include field-tested analysis, real-world applications, and research-based principles and guidelines.

Taught by Theresa Floyd, associate professor of Management; Elizabeth Hubble, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies director; and Tobin Miller Shearer, African-American Studies program director.

Topics covered include:

  • The Iceberg Metaphor for Dismantling Racism
  • Broad framework for making change (Charlotte Bunch's 4-step model)
  • Framework for understanding and acknowledging privilege and oppression
  • Framework for understanding intersectionality (i.e. why we can't talk about gender without talking about race, class, sexuality, etc.)
  • Tools for understanding gender identity and sexuality in today's climate
  • Tools for understanding, assessing and shifting language around gender, race, class and sexuality
  • Identify who we are
  • Naming and claiming our Sphere of Influence
  • Applying Growth Mindset to DEI
  • Determine Employee Code of Conduct
  • Identifying and celebrating the DEI Employee of the Month
  • Recruiting for diverse candidate pools
  • Rethinking job requirements and selection tools
  • Designing voluntary mentoring programs
  • Tools for creating a diversity task force
  • Creating a culture of inclusivity
  • Applying the iceberg metaphor in your business office

The University of Montana’s GRE Preparation Course is designed to help you successfully complete the Graduate Required Examination. The course allows you to prepare for the GRE at your own pace and curates all the resources you need to be successful.

Topics include: Overview of the GRE, General Test-taking Strategies, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.

The course is supported by a professional course mentor, who is available to address GRE-related questions. An adaptive math program is included to help you brush up on basic to advanced math skills. Writing support is also available for the analytical writing section of the test through the University’s Writing Center. As participants get ready for the test, they will receive guidance on how to sign-up for the GRE and what to expect on test day. Further information is provided on how to apply to graduate school at the University of Montana.

In this five-part, online Montana Brews course you will learn about some of the fine craft beers being brewed in the state today, with a focus on Missoula breweries, get an introduction to the magical world of homebrewing, including the all-grain process and (as an added two beer glasses and hops sitting on a wooden surface bonus) get insider access to recipes for some of the most notable Montana beers.

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is an interdisciplinary center which provides geriatric education and training for Montana health professionals, higher education faculty and students, so they might better meet the health needs of the older residents of the state. It is the home of the Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (MGWEP). Programming continues to be developed and refined for a variety of health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, mental health providers and social workers.

The Montana Public Health Contact Tracing Certificate course will result in a certificate in COVID-19 contact tracing for non-UM students. Through three recorded training and associated quizzes, the goal of this class is to build the workforce capacity to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing throughout Montana.

Psychology of the Pandemic is a fully online non-credit course where students will be diving into the ongoing race to understand the COVID-19 virus and its impacts on our world. Students will explore how human behavior impacts the pandemic, the interface between the virus and the societies in which we live. Packed with information videos, interviews and links - this course explores some of the key lingering questions about the pandemic from a psychological perspective. 

Though offered as a non-credit course, it is also designed to meet Continuing Education guidelines from Montana's Board of Behavioral Health and Board of Psychologists. This course is available for noncredit only and meets online.

Pursue Your Passions program allows you to explore your values and see how they play into the possibility of starting something- a business, nonprofit, or project at your work- even if you're considering buying a business. All of these are arguably entrepreneurial pursuits, so allow yourself time to think deeply about how your passions play into possibilities. Also, the biggest impact is the statewide connections to other women who are equally as curious as you.

Pursue Your Passions Program offers Business Basics 1 course. This online course is designed to support women who have a business, nonprofit, or project idea, who are taking over a family business/buying a business, or who have a few ideas but are not sure where to start. This course empowers women with a vision to take actionable steps to move their idea forward. This course content is based on experience from Montana female founders, Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars consulting for early-stage ideas, and principles of lean startup and design-thinking methods.

Business Basics 2 is the second part of this two-part course. Both courses are open to UM students and Non-UM students.

Build Your Brand and Network is an online course that shows women how to build authentic, strategic relationships in order to build a powerful network. A powerful network leads to specific benefits like:

  • Better connections to future career opportunities for those looking for a job or a change in careers (it's who you know- right?!).
  • Quality connections to advisors, mentors, and funders for those looking to pursue a nonprofit or business idea.
  • Mentor connections that develop organically and often.
  • Less wasted time on events and people you dislike. The right amount of time for events and people you like.

This course is open to UM students and Non-UM students.

The TESOL Certificate Program will provide teacher candidates with a solid background of the practices and theories of teaching a foreign language and with an understanding of how the principles of modern linguistics can be applied to language instruction.

CFSD's foster parent training will help you better understand and successfully meet the needs of your foster child. We provide access to training modules, educational videos and resources on topics that address the complex needs of children and youth. There are additional links to other resources and toolkits to help you care for your child.