Office of Professional Development

About Us


Office of Professional Development

Who We Are

The Office of Professional Development (OPD) is a unit of NC State Continuing and Lifelong Education. Dedicated to the development and delivery of non-degree professional training courses, OPD provides you with a broad range of quality educational opportunities in a flexible, comfortable, and affordable learning environment.

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OPD offers a variety of experiences, including conferences, seminars, and in-house/on-site training, to assist you in your professional development and your work. Most courses can be brought to your workplace or other location of your choosing, including dedicated training for your organization at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center on NC State’s campus. Courses can be customized so you and your employees receive training tailored to your specific needs. Whether you are self-employed, from a Fortune 500 organization, a small privately held company, or government agency, you can find training to provide you with the knowledge and skill sets to enhance your career and enrich your life.

Whether you take advantage of a seminar, a conference, a hands-on workshop, or an on-site presentation, the professional development training course at NC State will prepare you and your organization to become more:

  1. Productive
  2. Efficient
  3. Cost-effective

Your satisfaction is guaranteed so join us for a course and let us help you to enhance your professional skills. *If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in any of our courses, please contact us during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern) to discuss accommodations at least 2 weeks prior to the event.


Cancellation Policy

If your plans should change, you may designate a substitute to attend in your place at any time. Since program policies vary, please call the Office of Professional Development at 919.515.2261 and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you. You can transfer to another course if you are notifying us in advance of the class. You may do so by requesting a transfer online under the course of which you are registered or by calling 919.515.2261. In the event of weather-related delays or cancellations, call 919.515.2261 or go to the individual course page. Weather-affected courses may also be listed on our home page as well.

Certificate Replacement

The Office of Professional Development will replace participant certificates up to three years after the end date of the course at no charge. After three years, participants are required to contact the Continuing Education Department at NC State and request a transcript. CEU transcripts can be purchased for $12. Learn more

Tax Deduction of Expenses

An income tax deduction may be allowed for expenses of education (including registration fees, travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken to maintain and improve your professional skills (Treas. Reg. 1.162-5 Coughlin v. Commissioner 203F2d 307). Check with your personal tax advisor for confirmation.

Funding Sources and Financial Assistance

Participants may be eligible for the Sallie Mae loan and MyCAA. Visit the Funding Sources and Financial Assistance webpage for more information.

Marketing Services

Marketing Services provides multi-media marketing support to the units of Continuing and Lifelong Education and their clients.


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