A professional course is a college-level course designed to target those who are in, or about to enter, the workforce in corporate, government or technology fields. Consider taking a professional course if you want to strengthen your skills in areas such as team management, computer technology and health and safety.

What Is a Professional Course?

Professional courses are special courses, offered at many colleges and universities, that put emphasis on professional development. Unlike academic courses, these courses usually do not require prerequisites, sometimes do not offer credits and are specifically oriented toward professionals wanting to enhance skills useful for their specific work environment. For example, West Liberty University offers professional courses in computer use, portfolio development, grant writing and administration. These courses are usually categorized under "Continuing Education" or "Professional Studies" at universities. You are awarded a professional certificate upon completion of a professional course.