Certificates & Credentials

Winona State University offers a wide variety of degree completion programs, certificate programs and certification preparation courses to help you achieve your goals.

We also offer Certification Prep Courses in Pharmacy Technician, Critical Care (CCRN), Progressive Care (PCCN) and Emergency Nursing (CEN).

For more information about taking certificate courses, please contact us by email at continuingeducation@winona.edu or by calling 507.457.5080.

Online Certificate and Credential* Programs

Explore our certificate and credential course offerings below or contact us today to learn more and get started.  

Cost: $345
Instructors: Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron 

Two one-month online courses.

There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can assist in helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy.

The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations. There are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through the options and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware.

The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

Cost: $495
Instructor: Sharon deFonteny and Jodie Trana

Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. The Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career.

First, get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance.

Then find out what you need to know about cash. Cash is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success.

Finally, acquire advanced knowledge on the financial information that drives your organization. See how business reports are assessed and analyzed. An understanding of this information will help you make smart decisions when it comes to budgeting, setting goals, and assessing performance within your own area of influence.


Cost: $395
Instructor: Moses Wolfenstein and Jean Haefner

Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This Certificate provides you with a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment.

In the first course, you will discover resources for developing game design and identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games. You will come away knowing the different activities that are part of game design, being able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances of having a successful game design experience, and have a basic understanding of how to work with game developers.

In the second course, you will you will learn the basics of the video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

By successfully completing this Certificate in Basic Game Design, you will have taken the first steps into understanding game design and being able to create your own games.

Cost: $395
Instructor: Dr. Sherri Restauri

Workplace Mentoring & Coaching—Level 1

Mentoring and coaching have come to be used more frequently in organizations to improve leadership competencies. It has benefits for the employer and employee. The knowledge you gather will change the way you see yourself in the workplace. Through this knowledge, you can find helpful strategies to navigate through work and life.

Workplace Mentoring & Coaching—Level 2

Building on Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace Course I, C/M II takes a further in-depth look at variables involved in employee support. Additionally, in this course you will develop skills in the development, implementation, and support of coaching and mentoring programs in your workplace. Critical analysis and improvement of your programs alongside group dynamics and innovative strategies will also be examined in terms of coaching and mentoring programs. This course offers the much-awaited toolkit you have been searching for to improve your employees’ performance and create the working environment that your employees will find truly rewarding.

Cost: $495
Instructors: Mary I. Dereshiwsky and Constance Yates

Three one-month online courses (only available as a Certificate).

Discover the specific knowledge needed to succeed in researching and utilizing the best and most appropriate data for decision-making for your work organization. Get the skills needed to effectively communicate research results to a specific audience for maximum impact and effective decision-making. For business professionals, entrepreneurs, and anyone who needs specific information about a business or who is in business and needs specific information about a particular topic such as market potential, competitive intelligence, standard industry practice, productivity improvement, etc, this course will give you the specific knowledge you need to succeed in your research quest.

Cost: $495
Instructor: Stan Waddell, Greg Marsello, Kelly S. Gearhart, Thom Lowther and Kerry Mitchell

Efficient office operations can mean the difference between success and not-so-much, between being in the black and being in the red. Moving from you and your employees working harder to working smarter, the strategies and benchmarks of office operations increases the productivity of every person in your organization. Position yourself in your organization as the one who knows what to get done, and how to get things done in office operations.


Cost: $495
Instructor: Bridget Brady, Michael Weiss, and Fred Bayley

Three one-month online courses.

Presentations. Whenever people hear that word they have an emotional response. Some people get excited and others (most) get nervous. In this Certificate series, you will learn how to effectively deliver a presentation to one person across the table, in front of a small group in a boardroom, from on-stage for a large audience, and host tele-seminars or webinars online. Come away with ideas on how to maintain eye contact, what to do when your equipment fails, and the Top 10 things you must do before you present. Finally, learn how your audience processes your information. You’ll find simple, key ideas that will maximize your presentation for all learning styles.

Cost: $495
Instructor: Tim Street and Maria Coons

Three one-month online courses.

Social media and digital technologies, when understood and leveraged effectively, can enable you to find new clients and motivate these clients to take action in more efficient and strategic ways. Whether you are a beginner new to the sales process or a seasoned professional who loves selling, understanding the basic steps of sales and freeing your mind of negativity is the foundation to your business success. Gain a better understanding of the importance of the sales function and learn new skills in relationship management, prospecting, customer management, and delivering a compelling sales presentation. Move yourself or your sales team to increased success.

Cost: $595 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Sally Klauss and Julia King Tamang

Good communication in the workplace is more important than ever. And critical to your career advancement and success. Come get a comprehensive and intensive preparation with skills and techniques you can put to use on Monday morning. Take back a workable conflict management model, along with successful and practical conflict management strategies. Then work with a pro to learn how to improve your negotiation skills for a win-win outcome, including helping others to get what they want, so you get what you want. Finally, find out more about yourself and others using personality profiles for better work performance. You will be learning from some of our more popular instructors, and taking away new how-to skills that work.

Cost: $495
Instructor: John Rutledge

Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills.

Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will know the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally you will find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand.

Whether your business is home-based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.

Cost: $495 total for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Sharon deFonteny and Jodie Trana

Three one-month online courses;

Finance is a key to entrepreneurial success. The lack of financial knowledge about business and business start-ups is also and one of the leading causes of failure for entrepreneurial ventures. As an entrepreneur, you have limited time, and you certainly have limited resources.  So knowing where to put your valuable time, and your limited resources, is critical to the success of your new venture.

You will start by gaining a deeper knowledge of the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses. You will take back practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and entrepreneurial success.  And you will get an understanding of the seven steps in the accounting cycle and how to use financial information in decision making. You will come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Then discover the keys to managing cash. Cash is arguably the most important factor in new business success. D&B reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow.

As an entrepreneur, you will find out how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, you will explore potential debt and equity sources of funds to help support your entrepreneurial work and create a financially successful venture. Find out where business start-up money comes from, and ways to get it. After successfully completing the Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge about entrepreneurial finance, and how to maximize the chances of success and minimize the risks for your new venture.

Cost: $495
Instructor: Conrad Brian Law, Mary Beth Izard, and Kathy Nadlman

Boost your chances of success for your new or small business and reduce your risks. Get the latest on planning your business, brainstorming business ideas and a checklist for going into business. Then learn how to create a business plan, including assessing business feasibility and prepare the management and financial plans. Then take home a step by step approach to attract and keep customers, with an emphasis on customer-driven marketing decisions and building a strong brand.

At the end of this certificate, you will be able to identify the abilities required of successful entrepreneurs and how to acquire them, develop goals to help establish your business, develop an outline for your plan, and take home techniques to successfully manage and market your new business.

Cost: $495
Instructors: Michael Weiss, Susan Hurrell, Dan Belhassen,and Suzanne Kart

Three one month courses;

Inbound marketing is a way to help potential customers find you through organic search. Is a process of using your website in a way that it attracts visitors naturally through search engines, the blogosphere, and social media.

Inbound marketing is more effective than outbound marketing, where you push sales messages to your potential customers. Inbound marketing is the future the way we market in the 21st century.

Discover how to attract customers to your site, what kind of content to share with them, how to use landing pages and forms to collect names and email address, and how to implement lead-nurturing campaigns that result in sales.

Cost: $395 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Constance Yates, William A. Draves, and Tawanda McLaurin

Three one-month online courses.

Especially geared for future leaders in the Gen Y generation (born 1980-1999), the certificate provides how-to practical information on advancing your leadership potential and making a difference in both the workplace and in society.

Find out what it takes to become an effective leader. Discover your style of leadership. Discuss task completion, building relationships with your subordinates, becoming socially perceptive to changes in the workplace, utilizing your emotions in a positive and effective manner and addressing challenging goals. Then learn the unspoken secrets that leaders know and the strategies they employ/exhibit in for influencing others.

Leadership skills are acquired and learned. You can become a leader if you know the dos and don’ts; what to say, what not to say; what to do, what not to do. At the end of completing the three course certificate, you will come away with a new understanding, new toolbox of leadership skills, and the information to move your leadership development into high gear.

Cost: $395
Instructor: Kassia Dellabough

New research and information is coming out frequently now about how your learners--and you--learn. Here’s what we know: in the last century, you taught everyone equally by teaching them the same. But we know we each learn differently. So in this century, you teach everyone equally by teaching them differently.

In this Certificate in Learning Styles, you get the most advanced information about the three most important and most prevalent characteristics you experience with your participants: generation, gender, and the autism spectrum.

Your instructors are some of the foremost authorities in the world on these subjects. They write and speak around North America on learning styles.

Cost: $595 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Sally Klauss, Erin Parnell and Heather Dimitt

Enhance your management skills through this program for supervisors, managers, and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees, and increase your effectiveness. Then learn how to improve your management of time and productivity. Time is even more valuable in this century than in the last. Get tips and techniques you won’t get anywhere else for managing time and increasing productivity. Finally, get the keys to manage different generations in your workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value. Three one month online courses.

Cost: $495 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Jennifer Selke and Suzanne Kart

Three one month courses;

Different social networks have distinct characteristics, different features, and are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Get a skill set for working and managing different social media platforms. Then find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing.   You will get a firm foundation in Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook platforms. Come away with both an understanding of these social networks and practical, how-to techniques to integrate social networks into your organization or business. Your instructors are outstanding practitioners who also speak, write, and train others on social networks.

Winona State University has partnered with Career Step to help students like you train for a rewarding new career. With the increasing role technology is playing in our daily lives, solid computer skills are more than just career skills–they’re valuable life skills. Train with Winona State University to quickly develop the Microsoft Office skills you need. 

This option includes all five Microsoft Office products: 

* Upon completion of all 5 individual Microsoft Office courses you will be prepared to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist Credential.

** These courses can also be taken individually.

Cost: $595 for all three or individual prices vary

Three one-month courses;

Creating Cell Phone Apps for your Business

New! Creating Cell Phone Apps for your Business (non-technical course). Cell phone apps are the latest way smart businesses are reaching their customers. Smart organizations are investing in building cell phone apps for their businesses. We will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how non-technical users can build, deploy and market smartphone applications across Android, iPhone and Blackberry platforms. The course is ideal for business owners and executives who want to understand how smartphone applications can be inexpensively built, and also for technical users who want to understand how to quickly deploy smartphone applications.

Offered: March, May, July, November
Dan Belhassen and Susan Hurrell

Mobile Marketing

New! Mobile Marketing. More than half of U.S. consumers who’ve made purchases on their smartphones have done so in response to mobile marketing messages. Smartphones’ sales will exceed 420 million in 2011. Analysts forecast these sales will surpass 1 billion by the end of 2016. The way consumers are interacting with brands and connecting to the world is changing because of mobiles. Find out about location-based marketing, mobile payments, QR codes, applications, and mobile coupons. You will learn how mobile marketing can increase your capabilities to retain current customers and gain new ones.

Offered: March, April, Jun
Instructor: Heather Dimittt

Advanced Mobile Marketing


New! Come get the knowledge needed to implement a mobile marketing plan for your organization. Find out about proximity marketing, mobile marketing metrics, and developing a mobile marketing campaign. Learn how to promote your app on the web, build a landing page for your app, and advanced tracking of your application usage. Then take home a blueprint for creating guidelines and standards for your mobile marketing effort, and how to measure its success. You will leave this course with the knowledge to implement a mobile marketing plan for your organization.

Offered: June

Cost: $495
Instructors: Jennifer H. Selke and Suzanne Kart

Three one month courses;

Get in on this exciting and growing way to communicate, market and serve your customers and clients. For businesses, nonprofits, government, and other organizations. From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more, discover the new principles of communication that apply across all networks and how these specific social networks work and the possible uses for your organization.

Learn how social networks are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Then find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing. Whether you are new to social networks or already involved, you will come away with both an understanding of social networks and practical, how-to techniques to integrate social networks into your organization or business. Your instructors are outstanding practitioners who also speak, write, and train others on social networks.

Cost: $395 for both (certificate) or $195 each.

Two one-month courses;

Video MarketingSight

New! Video MarketingSight, sound and motion are much more compelling than static words on a page. In this course you will discover how to use simple online video to bond with your viewer, drive traffic to your website, boost business and build brand awareness. Learn how to use Google and YouTube with your video to market your business 24/7.

Offered: March, May, July
Instructor: Erin Huggins, instructor

YouTube for Business


New! YouTube for Business. Increase your business with YouTube, the online video site and now the second largest search engine. Discover the power of video for your organization. Find out what types of video work best, how other business organizations use YouTube, how to create your own YouTube channel, and how to add captions, annotations and other extra features.

Offered: March, May, July
Instructor: Jennifer Selke

Cost: $495
Instructor: Andy Helmi

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) for website and blog design.

During the first week you will learn or refresh your knowledge of all the initial steps and the required elements for having a website. Then find out how to build a simple WordPress website or blog. Topics include introduction to CMS, WordPress installation and setup, page and content creation, administration, themes (selection, purchase, installation and setup), working with widgets and plugins, and more.

Finally, acquire advanced knowledge about WordPress options and features. You will learn how to modify WordPress web pages by hand-coding, learn about simple yet effective search engine optimization (SEO) techniques that improve your website ranking, and much more.

After successfully completing the WordPress Certificate you will know how to build a WordPress website or blog, customize your WordPress site by hand-coding HTML, CSS, and PHP, know necessary regular WordPress maintenance, create WordPress website backup, and know how to apply SEO techniques in WordPress.