UCOP People Management Series and Certificate

The systemwide program for UC employees who manage others or aspire to manage people.

The UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate is a program for all People Managers (or those who aspire to) consisting of Core and Elective Courses, which includes local and systemwide programs and eCourses, as well as in-person learning experiences, and covers the following topics: Performance Management, Managing Implicit Bias, Managing People, Administration & Operations, Change Management, and Communications. It is designed to increase our people management capabilities at UCOP as well as across the entire UC system.

** If you are not a UCOP employee, contact your location's Learning and Development team for guidance on program requirements

The benefits of the program include:

  • Builds baseline management skills for all people managers
  • Increases opportunity for promotion and potential for future leadership positions
  • Offers easily accessible online courses that are learner-centric and self-paced
  • Builds on coursework already completed
  • Provides eligibility to attend the People Management Conference

All e-courses are available from the UCOP UC Learning Center and instructor-led classes can be registered for in UC Learning Center. The specific courses for UCOP currently include system-wide e-courses and local in-person classes. In order to obtain a People Management Certificate, you will need to complete all 16 Core Courses and 4 Elective Courses (one from each competency).

See the course grid below to see a list of all eligible classes included in the certificate. (Class list will be updated as new courses become available for enrollment, so check back often.)

To register for any class, click on the class name below. You can manage your classes at the UC Learning Center.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Core Courses (All must be completed)

(click on class names to start course) eCourse
Performance Management Overview X
Setting Expectations X
Giving and Receiving Feedback X
Engaging and Developing Employees X
Conducting Performance Appraisals X
Motivating, Recognizing and Rewarding Employees X
Coaching for Performance and Development X
Managing Corrective Action X
Hiring for Success X
Strategic On-Boarding X
What is Implicit Bias? X
The Impact of Implicit Bias X
Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias — Awareness X
Common Forms of Bias X
Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias — Mindfulness and Conscious De-Biasing X
Managing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process X


Elective Courses for UCOP employees Must complete at least one from each area

Instructor led classes are scheduled on a rotating basis throughout the year and subject to availability. 

For a list of scheduled upcoming classes, please check the classes and workshops page in LINK.

** Please note that due to the current restrictions around Covid, all instructor classes will be taught virtually until further notice **

Managing People (Must complete one)

(click on class names to register)  eCourse Instructor Led Classes
In-Person  Virtual
Building Strong Work Relationships X
Identifying the Root Causes of Performance Issues X
Exercising Influence X
Sharing a Vision X
Developing Emotional Intelligence X
Positive Atmosphere: Establishing a Positive Work Environment X
UC Dealing with Negative Reactions to Performance Feedback X
STEP: UCOP Core Competencies Workshop X
Social Emotional Learning at Work: Creating connection and belonging at UCOP X
Remarkable Remote Team X
Remarkable Hybrid Manager X

Administration and Operations (Must complete one)

(click on class names to register)  eCourse Instructor Led Classes
In-Person Virtual
Accomplishing More With Less For Managers (Online) X
Leverage Your Strengths and Avoid Derailing Behaviors X
Accomplishing More With Less (Webinar) X
People On the Go Project Management for Non-Project Managers X
Managing and Organizing Your Outlook Inbox X
Having Fun with Virtual Meetings (coming soon) X
Project Management Fundamentals  X
Total Organization X
Inclusive Hybrid and Virtual Meetings X
Design Thinking to Focus, Collaborate, and Play X
Making Connections in a Hybrid World X

Change Management (Must complete one)

(click on class names to register)  eCourse Instructor Led Classes
In-Person Virtual
Managing Change and Transitions X
Leading Your Team through Change X
Navigating through Changes and Conflicts in Projects X
Facilitating Sustainable Change X
Moving Forward with Change Planning X
Making Change Stick X
Managing Motivation during Organizational Change X
Making Change Work for You X
Resilience: Navigating the Unexpected With Grace X
Tools for Adapting to Change X

Communications (Must complete one)

(click on class names to register)  eCourse Instructor Led Classes
In-Person Virtual
Do's and Don'ts of Effective Presentations X
Get to the Point! Effective Writing Skills X
Facilitating Upward Feedback X
Dealing with Negative Reactions to Performance Feedback X
Building Collaborative Relationships X
Effective Team Communication X
Responding to Conflict X
Influential Communication with LifeLabs (Online and In-person)  X
Microaggressions (2 part class) X
Emotional Intelligence - Attain Results Through People X
Understanding your Conflict Style X
LifeLabs Delivery Skills   X
Understanding your Intercultural Style X
Making Connections in a Hybrid World X
Trust and Psychological Safety in the Workplace X

*Recognize these courses? You may if you've participated in the Performance Management Series which features eight of these courses. Participants who have completed any or all of these courses can count them towards the completion of the People Management Series and Certificate.

How do I participate?

Simply log in to the UC Learning Center and start taking these Management core courses and elective courses. Contact the Learning and Development Team for questions and assistance.

What If I completed the 2016/2017 People Management certificate?

Those who completed the 2016/2017 version of the People Management Certificate are encouraged to update to the 2018 version by completing the Managing Implicit Bias series. Completion of the 2016/2017 certificate (and all individual courses completed to obtain the original certificate) will still stay on your transcript. Moving forward, completion of the 2018 version will be required for programs such as the UC People Management Conference.

What about the conference?

Those who complete the UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate are eligible to attend the UC People Management Conference and join graduates of the Management Development Program (MDP) and the UC-Coro Leadership Collaborative. The goal of this annual conference is to provide attendees with the opportunity to continue their learning and build connections across leadership levels and the UC system.