Technical Leadership Certificate

If you’re committed to being a leader, then you know that you need to continually acquire new skills, tools and techniques and improve existing ones to move up in your organization. Take the lead and guide your efforts for success by earning UW-Madison’s Technical Leadership Certificate.


Technical Leadership Certificate course topics were developed with your success in mind, by consulting with hundreds of engineers from leading companies. Develop leadership skills in such areas as managing technical teams, coaching, and project management. In addition, you’ll learn technical management topics, including capital budgeting and business process improvement. The mix of courses and topics – taught by UW faculty and industry experts – are constantly updated and improved to meet the needs of our global partners.

Show Your Commitment To Your Career

There is no cost or commitment to enroll in the certificate – by signing up you will receive discounts on individual courses and quarterly newsletters. Your participation in courses is tracked and you may verify your progress at any time by requesting a UW transcript.

Who should enroll

Technical professionals who are currently in – or expecting to move into – a leadership and management role and want to confirm their commitment to improving their management effectiveness.

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Business Director, Program Director

Earning the Certificate

Complete 6 courses from the list below.

Financial Acumen for the Engineer

Coaching and Mentoring for Technical Leaders

Effectively Managing Technical Teams

Managing Up and Managing Across: Leadership Beyond Your Team

Mastering the Transition from Technical Expert to Manager

Strategies to Stand Out - Build Executive Presence Through Powerful Presentations

Value Stream Mapping and Modeling

How to Coach and Mentor Technical Talent

Do you know what it takes to be a good coach and mentor for your employees?

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The Fast Track to Technical Leadership: Meet Nina Kazarov

In just seven months, Nina Kazarov learned how to be an effective technical leader. Kazarov, a financial analyst who is transitioning into management at her employer, recently graduated from the Technical Leadership Certificate program.

Read Nina's story and find out more about the Technical Leadership Certificate.