Courses are added frequently, so visit this site often to learn more about each course. Check out the credentials of the authors. Each course has instructional objectives for your learning and a worksheet for you to complete. The worksheet is sent to the course instructor and is reviewed for completeness and accuracy.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Keep this certificate of completion in your files to show the number of clock hours  you have earned for your certification and recertification.

Surfing the Gig Economy

Surfing the Gig Economy uses the metaphor of surfing to describe how clients can adapt to the 21st Century world-of-work, one that most workers find to be messy, chaotic, frightening, and unreliable. I have traveled the world to witness the effects global capitalism, rapid technological advancement, and hyper-connectivity have on all types of workers.

The primary audience for this course is any career services professional (e.g., coaches, facilitators, human resource professionals, counselors, psychologists) working with clients adapting to the 21st Century World-of-work, therefore this course impacts our work with all clients.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Better understand your own experiences, thoughts, and beliefs about the 21st Century world-of-work.
  • Use the 5 part Surfing the Gig Economy framework in your own career practice.
  • Help clients identify assets, barriers, and obstacles when planning their future.
  • Determine the type of goals they wish to pursue in gig economy.
  • Create an action plan to ensure they maintain momentum towards their goals.
  • Maintain a “curation plan” that supports their goals.
  • Use the idea of the “trip of a lifetime” to remain centered and focused through constant career transition.

Career Work is Justice Work

My goal for this class is to give you a different on-line course experience. One that encourages you to ask questions that have remained unasked, to think deeply about your own experiences of work as they form the spectrum of privilege and opportunity you have in your life, and to shift your career services practice to better incorporate ideas of justice for all workers.

The primary audience for this course is any career services professional (e.g., coaches, facilitators, human resource professionals, counselors, psychologists) working with those less privileged in the workforce as well as you that work with those more privileged. The principles and achievements of justice through work must be inclusive of all across universal work environments if we envision a just world-of-work.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Better understand your own experiences, thoughts, and beliefs about work and justice
  • Think about work and how it is valued in our society
  • Define social justice and apply its tenets to professional career services work
  • Identify your own experiences of boundaries and freedoms within your educational and work history
  • Describe critical consciousness as a goal of coaching and counseling
  • Employ 5 self-care/ self-exploration activities to do your own work around social justice
  • Employ 5 activities/ interventions into your career services practice that enhance critical consciousness within the career domain

Helping Undecided Students Decide on a Major for Career Success

This course offers an introductory overview of the issues involved in college students’ indecision with regard to selection of major. The purpose of this course is to provide career counseling and coaching professionals with basic career development theories and practical strategies to help students/clients decide on a college major.

The primary audience for this course are college career counselors/coaches, and career development professionals in private practice who work with high school and college students and career-changing adults. At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Know the most common reasons for student indecision with regard to selection of major
  • Identify the major career development theories used today
  • Learn about and apply the four steps involved in career decision-making
  • Assess a student’s readiness for career-decision making
  • Identify commonly used career assessment tools and their uses
  • Learn strategies to help students who are “stuck” in career indecision
  • Identify web and print occupational resources

Using the MBTI in Career Counseling, Coaching and Advising: Moving Beyond the Basics

This course presumes at least a passing knowledge of the MBTI and shows you how to facilitate more discussion with your clients as they seek and succeed in a career. Let the instructor know if you are not aware of your own MBTI type.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand the 4 dichotomies of the Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator as they relate to career counseling
  • Present Type® Dynamics as a development and counseling tool
  • Understand the differences in communication styles and counseling needs based on personality type
  • Anticipate counseling needs on the basis of Type® Dynamics
  • Apply Type® Dynamics to a client’s career development plan
  • Provide feedback in a Type®-sensitive yet accurate manner
  • Assess your strengths as a career counselor; recognize areas for development

Assessment Issues for America’s Job Center Staff

Workforce development professionals use assessment in a variety of ways to help clients find careers and jobs.  Using assessment appropriately is part of professional ethical behavior.  This course/workshop will provide thoughtful information so that clients are receive good assessments with more credible interpretations.

This course is designed primarily for staff in job centers to include certified counselors.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • describe the role of assessment in the career development process and how it helps both your clients and employers
  • identify the assessments used in your job center and list what they measure
  • describe the various criteria for selecting the right assessment for your clientele
  • verbalize the meaning of reliability and validity
  • state the cautions in interpreting assessment results
  • analyze the assessment you use to be sure that you are using solid assessments that can help your clients

Occupational Information for the Career Advisor

Many of you know O*NET at some level, or you may have just heard of it. This self-paced course will give you a short overview of the database, and show you some ways that you can use O*NET Online in your work with job seekers and persons who are deciding what to do with their lives.

This course is designed for career coaches, career counselors, resume writers, school counselors, career facilitators, workforce development staff, career center directors, and classroom teachers.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • use the general components and functions of the O*NET system
  • use the O*NET Data Search to find occupations
  • find O*NET occupations by Green Economy and STEM
  • identify  tools and technology used in various occupations
  • show how military members can transition to the to the civilian world of work using the crosswalk function
  • identify skills to help people make a career transition
  • stay on top of O*NET activities as the system evolves

Working in the Green Economy

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • state why the green economy is important
  • define and learn about green jobs and the green economy
  • find green jobs in the US economy
  • understand the requirements of green jobs
  • add resources to your toolkit to stay up to date on the green economy

College and Career Ready — Multiple Pathways to Success

Each section will have some content, some videos, and directions to complete some exercises to validate your completion of the course requirements. Who should take this course? This course is designed for career counselors, career coaches, school counselors, workforce development staff, and educators including teachers and school administrators. Even educator reformers and policy makers will benefit from the information in this course.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

  • describe the educational needs of the workforce of the future
  • discuss the job opportunities for persons who obtain some postsecondary education
  • emphasize the need for helping our young people become college and career ready
  • highlight the role of multiple pathways leading to college, careers and job success

Using videos and readings, completion of this course will earn you 4 clock hours for your professional development.

Interests to Careers

The course objectives are to:

  • state the components of the Holland Vocational Personality Theory
  • identify ways that you can measure a person’s vocational interests
  • review and complete exercises that will help you understand the Holland interest areas better and incorporate them into your work with students and clients
  • Review the research that supports the Holland theory

Who should take this course: This course is designed for school counselors, career development facilitators, university career center staff, career specialists and teachers, workforce development staff, career coaches and anyone working to assist students and clients in making career decisions.

Hidden Gems

During this course you will experience 40 interactive web tools and related activities and experiences that will help you provide better career development resources and assistance to your students, clients and customers. These tools are called Hidden Gems because they are often little known, but hugely helpful tools that can help you as you work with your clientele. The sections include learning about personal characteristics, learning about occupations, focusing on preparing for occupations, obtaining funding and support for education and training, and making a career transition. Upon successful completion of the course, you are awarded 12 clock hours for GCDF re-certification. You have 60 days to complete the requirements.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify and use assessment tools to identify our personal interests, abilities and values in career development
  • match personal characteristics to occupational characteristics to find compatible career matches
  • use sources and resources to find training and education programs that lead to successful careers
  • find funding for education and training programs
  • use tools that can help in making a career transition

Prison to the Workforce

This course is designed for personnel within a correctional setting, career counselors, and OneStop workforce development staff. Additionally, public safely and policy makers working on workforce development issues may find it useful in dealing with the barriers to employment through state and local resources.

At the completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • describe the general characteristics of individuals who have been incarcerated.
  • demonstrate facilitation skills to appropriately connect with the client and address their needs.
  • develop a plan to address the potential barriers to employment.
  • identify resources and access to employers supporting reemployment. 

Selecting the Right Assessment

This is a course for non-technical professionals.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • identify the reasons that tests are often used in education and career development
  • state what characteristics make up a good assessment
  • use specific criteria for selecting the right test for your clientele

LinkedIn Basics for Career Practitioners

This course is designed for personnel in a career services setting – career counselors at higher education career centers, career counselors in private practice, and those in related workforce development positions working with students and clients who are engaged in career development activities and the job search process.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • set up a free, personal LinkedIn account.
  • navigate within the LinkedIn system’s main menus and feature options.
  • implement leading practices in LinkedIn profile optimization.
  • join a LinkedIn group related to a specific career field of interest.
  • make professional networking connections with other LinkedIn users.
  • research job openings and company information within the LinkedIn system.
  • explore more advanced features and functions of the LinkedIn system.

Winning Strategies for the Mature Job Seeker

This course addresses some of the unique issues older clients face in their job search: the type of work they choose to pursue, developing their job search strategy and how they present themselves both on paper and in person.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify barriers that older workers face including: a) Appearance – Do I look old?; b) Health Issues – Real and perceived; c) Technology – How work gets done now; d) Over-qualified – What it really means; e) Motivation/commitment – Longevity and loyalty; f) Out of work too long – The gap; g) Slow Learner/Change averse – Ramping up; h) Limited Perception of Their Skill Set; i) Interviewing with “kids”; j) Dealing with Emotions – Feeling Betrayed
  • Define the benefits of age in today’s workplace
  • Recognize hidden age-related comments and effectively respond to age-related questions
  • List steps clients can take to prevent age-related biases, from first impression through decision-making

Using Pinterest in Career Development

This course designed to help you incorporate one of the fastest growing social networks into your career development practice or resources. Whether you’re a private practitioner, a college or university professional, whether you are employed in workforce development or in our elementary or secondary education systems, this is a trend that you need to explore.

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • understand what Pinterest is and how it can be used in the career development field
  • evaluate others’ use of Pinterest in the career field and adapt these uses to their own needs
  • know the terminology unique to Pinterest
  • set up your own Pinterest account and relevant boards

Realistic Career Decision Making: It’s More Than Passion

Passion for a career is important, but getting a living wage is as well. The educational institution you select, the major you select, and other factors determine whether or not your degree matters from a financial perspective or has been a financial burden.

After you complete the course you will be able to:

  • state what is involved in the career decision making process
  • identify the association between career, education and training levels, and future wages
  • learn how educational choices influence future careers and lifestyles
  • use some specific tools by which you can help people make an informed career decision

Career Development and People with Disabilities: Understanding “Disability’ First!

For career development professionals in any setting, having some familiarity with disability law; what is a disability, guidelines on disability etiquette and categories of disabilities should prove helpful. Why? In the United States, the 2010 census documents that there are 54 million people in the US with a disability. 

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify categories of disabilities
  • become familiar with famous people, worldwide, who are challenged because of a disability
  • use disability etiquette [eg. Mary is not learning disabled; rather, Mary is a student with a learning disability.]
  • understand the history of the disability law and elements thereof.
  • identify the difference between disability and handicap.
  • identify and use resources available to career practitioners when working with individuals with disabilities.

This course has nine major parts with each part related to the learning objectives stated above. 

Labor Market Information for Career, Workforce, and Academic Counselors

 At the conclusion of this online course, participants will be able to:

  • describe what labor market information is and discuss why it is important for career development
  • understand that professional associations support the use of good labor market information in career and academic development
  • identify credible resources to locate pertinent labor market information and use these resources to identify various labor market issues
  • propose the kind of information to give individuals in various stages of career development based on scenarios.

Helping Clients Redefine Retirement

The purpose of this course is to provide career counseling and coaching professionals with retirement career counseling theories and practical strategies to help clients find meaning and purpose in retirement. This course focuses on career and lifestyle retirement planning, not financial planning.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the demographic, physical, mental, and psychological characteristics of today’s retirees
  • List the retirement challenges and issues
  • Learn how to assess clients’ readiness for retirement
  • List the elements of a healthy retirement
  • Locate occupational, volunteer, entrepreneurial, and leisure options for retirement
  • Analyze web and print retirement resources 

Fundamentals of Career Development Theories

The purpose of this course is to assist career development practitioners to assist students and clients through the lens of career development theory. Several theories, frameworks and modes are discussed through reading and video.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of traditional and emerging vocational counselling theories
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various vocational counseling models and frameworks
  • Assist clients in a theory-based process of self-discovery, self-esteem building, and realistic goal setting

Veterans’ Career Development: Serving Those Who Have Served

This course is a comprehensive look at the issues related to education, employment and transition of the returning military member. It will give you an insight as to what it is like to serve in the military, the various integration difficulties they encounter, and potential contributions a military member can make to the US economy when they work in the civilian sector. For career and workforce counselors and coaches, it will help you serve your military clients and students with greater understanding and skill.

After completing this program participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of the population of returning veterans.
  • Understand and remove barriers limiting veterans’ access to career development resources.
  • Engage sensitively and competently with veterans.
  • Evaluate current resources and strategies for effectiveness in career advising with veterans.
  • Create resources and practices that enable veterans’ sustainable employment success through advising.

Riding the Wave of Social Media for a Successful Job Search

After completing this program participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the power of social media
  • Identify at least six social media tools that are useful for a job search
  • Be able to use/teach the primary tools of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
  • Be familiar with mobile job search apps
  • Understand the concept of social media recruiting from the recruiter’s perspective and its impact on the job search
  • Be aware of the latest trends in using social media for a job search










Overcoming Barriers to Employment and Career Development

In this course we will review a simple and reliable 3-step process and 6 tools proven to overcome any employment barrier, from over-qualification, to criminal convictions, to age discrimination and never having worked, and everything in between. The strategies are designed to help clients at all levels, including those facing significant barriers, to remove anything that could stand in the way of getting a job, or a better job.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Think like hiring/screening employers using a quick, reliable framework 
  2. Identify what concerns and distracts hiring/screening employers 
  3. Understand the client’s unique perspective on each potential barrier so they craft solutions that work for the individual 
  4. Use six (6) flexible, proven tools to overcome barriers 
  5. To create solutions that work for the client and the employer