Reach your professional goals with online and in-class certificate courses.

Northern Vermont University’s Center for Professional Studies offers non-degree education such as certificate, diploma, and licensure programs through both traditional learning and online platforms.


Sustainable Trail Building Certificate

Launch your new career as a trail professional through hands-on learning with this flexible, part-time program of study.

You’ll gain the fundamental skills needed to build non-motorized trails using up-to-date sustainability best practices directly from industry leaders and trail building experts. The curriculum includes classroom, online, and hands-on experience in our outdoor learning laboratory — the more than 100 miles of natural, machine-made, and gravity trails around Northern Vermont University, Northwoods Stewardship Center, Kingdom Trails, and Burke Mountain Bike Park.

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Center for Professional Studies Self-Paced Classes

Do North Coworking

NVU’s Center for Professional Studies is proud to announce the opening of Do North Coworking, a professional and creative coworking space for startup founders, remote workers, forward-thinking educators, and community leaders to be productive, build community, explore new opportunities, and network. Located in Lyndonville, Do North Coworking is a resource for workers throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Learn more and stop by!

Forestry Accelerator

The Forestry Accelerator is a four month program for Northern American pre-seed and seed stage companies that are commercializing new and improved products, services, and technology in the forest industry. Learn more.

Funding Your Non-Degree Education

  • VSAC offers regular workshops on how to pay for job training and boot camps. Learn more here.
  • VSAC offers grants to Vermont residents enrolled in non-degree programs (other conditions apply) to see if you’re eligible for a VSAC grant, visit
  • VSAC recently announced that The Curtis Fund will make new scholarships available to Vermonters who seek short-term educational opportunities to amp up their job skills. Learn more and apply here.
  • Vermont Department of Labor is another great source for non-degree funding. Visit their website for more information.


Center for Professional Studies classes are supported by student fees. The Center for Professional Studies reserves the right to alter the exam schedule due to insufficient enrollment or administrative reasons. In the event of cancellation, every effort is made to contact you 48 hours prior to the start date of the class, using the contact information you provided during your registration (phone number and email address). We issue full refunds for all canceled exams.

The Testing Center is open and following State of Vermont health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic for masking, testing, quarantining. Further information can be found here.

To be considered for a refund after registering for a course, your request must arrive seven calendar days prior to the start of classes. Email or call 802.626.4867 to request a refund.


Ann Nygard, Director of Center for Professional Studies