Earning professional certification in your field increases your knowledge, advances your skills and enhances your credibility. The Center for Professional Development provides industry-recognized certification programs in a wide range of subject areas as well as several certification exam preparation courses.

Online Certificate in Financial Planning Program (CFP®)

Kaplan Financial Education’s CFP certification education and exam prep program is built and taught by working professionals for working professionals. From the time-tested accelerated education program to self-study online courses, Kaplan offers flexible and convenient learning options that allow mastery of the 7 major domains covered on the CFP exam. Kaplan also offers CFP exam prep review solutions to help students who have completed the required education stay focused, zero in on critical content for the exam, and learn valuable test-taking tips and strategies.

With the CFP Package you can:

  • Purchase one course at a time. Choose when to start studying.
  • Take up to 90 days to complete each course. Your Online Access begins as soon as you make your purchase.
  • Take advantage of online testing; no need to go to an outside testing facility.

No need to adhere to a live class schedule—with our OnDemand Class, you can start, stop, and rewind your class as often as you like. Get expert instruction…and still have the freedom to complete all 7 courses within your own time-frame.


  • OnDemand Class

Course Materials:

  • eBooks with course purchase (upgrade to Print or both for a $40 fee
  • Course 101-106: eBook with supplemental reading
  • Course 107: materials provided in online classroom ONLY

Course Descriptions:

  • General Financial Planning Principles, Professional Conduct, and Regulation: course will introduce students to the theory and practice of financial planning.
  • Risk Management, Insurance, and Employee Benefits Planningcourse considers risk management principles and the various types of insurance coverage in the marketplace today, focusing on the role of planning for insurance needs.
  • Investment Planning: course provides information about sound investment principles as a primary means of wealth accumulation for financial planning clients.
  • Tax Planning: course reveals effective income tax planning strategies, whether personal or related to an individual’s business interests.
  • Retirement Savings and Income Planning: course deals with the single most important issue millions of people will be facing in the years to come: affording to retire.
  • Estate Planning: course addresses what occurs once the wealth accumulation process is complete; distributing excess wealth is a primary goal for many financial planning clients.
  • Financial Plan Development: course will be exposed to case analysis and integration of the six (6) major areas of personal financial planning (Fundamentals of Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Income Tax Planning, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning).

Online Tools available:

  • Education QBank
  • Study Planner
  • Performance Tracker
  • Core Lecture Videos
  • Instructor Email Access
  • Course 107 students receive invitation to Now What? webinar

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the content found within the Financial Planning curriculum and effectively apply and integrate this information in the formulation of a financial plan.
  •  Effectively communicate the financial plan, both orally and in writing, including information based on research, peer, colleague or simulated client interaction and/or results emanating from synthesis of material.
  • Collect all necessary and relevant qualitative and quantitative information required to develop a financial plan.
  • Analyze personal financial situations, evaluating clients’ objectives, needs, and values to develop an appropriate strategy within the financial plan.
  •  Demonstrate logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to a specific problem.
  • Evaluate the impact of economic, political, and regulatory issues with regard to the financial plan.
  • Apply the CFP® Board Financial Planning Practice Standards to the financial planning process.


Costs of registering for the test are not included in the fee.  For more information on HRCI’s test and registration process, click here.


If you’re an HR professional, then you likely know there are many advantages to earning your PHR® or SPHR® certification. According to statistics from a Payscale study:

  • HR professionals with an SPHR designation make 93% more overall than those without any certification (overall median annual pay without any certification is $45,600 versus $87,900 with SPHR).
  • Holding either a PHR or SPHR boosts salaries for HR professionals no matter what zip code they reside in.
  • Certified HR professionals tend to advance to senior roles more quickly: 63% of HR assistants with certification received a promotion within five years, compared to only 34% of those without certification.

There’s no limit to your career potential. But it’s up to you to go after the future you want by earning your PHR or SPHR certification!
To help you in that effort, this course covers the latest HR Certification Institute (HRCI) information and is designed by subject matter experts who know the tests inside and out. While there isn’t an endorsed/sponsored manual or course that will teach you how to pass HRCI’s exam, this course will help ensure you’re confident and well prepared going into it.
Nervous about passing? Don’t be! Canisius students statistically have a higher pass rate than the national average. However, if you don’t pass, we do allow all our participants to sit in the next session of this course within one year of your paid registration. You’ll be asked to bring your original course materials.


  • 10 weeks of instruction
  • Materials (HRCI suggested book and binder of PPT)
  • Study group coordination (either at the CPD or local designated location)
  • Online study forum


Earning your certification will help you to:

  • Gain a competitive edge in your field.
  • Inspire greater trust and demonstrate your commitment and competence to management, staff members, clients, and professional colleagues.
  • Increase the frequency and level of your promotion.
  • Enhance your job satisfaction and earning potential.


  • HR professionals seeking certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®).


  • Strategic management, including the role of HR in organizations and HR strategy
  • Workforce planning and employment, including employee rights, recruitment, and staffing
  • Human resource development, such as talent and performance management
  • Total rewards, such as compensation structure and systems and related legislation
  • Employee and labor relations, including unfair labor practices and collective bargaining
  • Risk management, such as workplace health, safety and security

SHRM Learning System 2017 (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP)

Costs of registering for the test are not included in the fee listed above.  For more information on SHRM’s test and registration process, click here.

Earn the New Standard in HR Certification.

This is an exciting and pivotal time in the HR profession. Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction of their organization. The HR profession is no longer just about what you know–but how you do your job.
Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CPSM) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCPSM). These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.
Ensure you’re prepared with Canisius Center for Professional Development‘s test prep program, designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success. This intensive 12-week program combines expert instruction with the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

Quick Facts for SHRM Certification Test Prep:

Why Enroll in Our Course?

Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™) which encourages HR professionals to acquire the Competencies and Knowledge they’ll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success. Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion.

As part of your course, you will receive the NEW 2016 SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. Comprised of comprehensive learning modules in print and e-reader formats, and advanced online resources, these study materials streamline study time, accelerate learning and build confidence for passing the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam.

You’ll benefit from:

  • An experienced, SHRM-certified instructor.
  • The SHRM Learning System, historically ranked the #1 HR certification prep tool.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge and understand the behavioral competencies to help you prepare for the exam.
  • A structured learning experience that keeps you on track.
  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers.
  • Tuition reimbursement and up to 36 professional development credits (PDCs).

Benefits to your employer

The benefits of certification extend beyond your HR staff to your entire organization:

  • It demonstrates that your HR professionals have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies.
  • Certification prepares your HR staff to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization.
  • Exam preparation helps HR professionals bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success.
  • It helps create a common HR language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness.
  • Certification is relevant worldwide, as exams cover the new global SHRM BoCK™.

Who Should Enroll In This Course?

The SHRM certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. Certification is a great choice for HR professionals who want to:

  • Increase their knowledge
  • Advance their skills
  • Earn recognition from the global community

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must show that they have worked in an HR role for more than 1,000 hours within a calendar year, which equates to 1 year of experience.
  • HR experience may be in an HR exempt or nonexempt capacity.
  • Applicants with a graduate degree (or global equivalency) in HR must currently be employed in an HR role.
  • HR experience may be classified directly, as working in an HR role, or indirectly, by consulting, educating or researching HR practices linked specifically to human resource management.
  • SHRM membership is not required.

Advancing your career.

  • For those not seeking certification, the SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP course provides a comprehensive and accelerated option for professional development. Participants gain a generalist viewpoint, refresh key ideas and concepts, strengthen their understanding of core HR competencies and increase productivity.

Mini-MBA in Human Resources

This course is perfect for developing managers and HR professionals.

The topics for the 10-week course will include:

  • Organizational culture
  • Employee engagement
    • Alignment
    • Beyond the survey
    • Best practices
  • People planning
    • Workforce development
    • Legal awareness
    • Unionization
    • Mentorship
  • Performance management
  • Solving your problems

This Mini-MBA can be customized and delivered on-site to any organization!

*30 CE credit approval pending from HRCI and SHRM

**Register by August, 1st and get $250 off

***Alum receive a 20% discount (only one promo/purchase)

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel

Microsoft Office Excel Certification gives you the tools to achieve more.

Canisius CPD is an Authorized Certiport Center to bring you the latest in Microsoft Office Certification Programs. The Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel will consist of training for three days followed by a half day of test preparation. At the end of the fourth day, each participant will take the MOS Excel 2016 Exam. Looking for an edge to set you apart? Earn certifications as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel now with CPD.

As a Microsoft Certified Professional, you’ll make immediate impact, helping you get noticed and move forward quickly in your career. Certiport makes Excel certification as easy as 1-2-3 with a unique, three step pathway:

  • Learn how to use Microsoft Excel from hands-on instruction and content-rich materials including online eCourseware and certified test preparation training textbooks.
  • Practice using interactive exam preparation tools and practice exams.
  • Certify and validate skills taking Certiport performance-based exams.


  • You will create and edit a workbook for a variety of purposes and situations. Examples include professional-looking budgets, team
    performance charts, sales invoices, and exercise logs


  • Get hands-on instruction and in-depth preparation for the Excel MOS Exam #77-727.


  • 7/31/2017 – 8/3/2017
  • 8/7/2017 – 8/10/2017


  • $995 Early Bird Pricing if purchased by 7/15/17 with EBIRD17
  • $1395 includes test prep, materials, meals and exam with retake.
  • Alumni receive a discount of 20% with CALUM1870. (Alumni discount cannot be combined with Early Bird Pricing.)

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One of the major benefits to obtaining a certification is your marketability in your field. Whether it is project management, financial or human resource certifications, it shows your commitment to obtaining the right credentials for your industry. The Center for Professional Development provides you with additional benefits to our test prep seminars.