CareerSmart offers no or low cost training and certificate programs for UT staff.  UT employees are integral contributors to the success of the organization. CareerSmart training helps to ensure we have a competitive workforce that operates at a high level of performance and innovation.  By taking advantage of the training offered through CareerSmart, employees can grow their knowledge and skills.

Certificate programs

Management Essentials

This program provides an in-depth look at the policies, practices, and procedures needed to be a successful manager at UT Austin. This program is ideal if you are new to management, have experience but want to learn the UT way, would like to prepare for a future role in management, or want to strengthen your management skills.

In order to offer employees an efficient experience, no admissions process is required for this program.  To begin, simply search "Management Essentials" in UTLearn and sign up for the curriculum.  All classes will be displayed on your transcript and you may sign up for each class individually at your convenience.  Classes may be taken in any order and you may easily track your progress anytime.  


Managerial Best Practices

Managerial Best Practices is a multi-week series for managers provided by subject matter experts in the Employee Assistance Program, Strategic Workforce Solutions, Organization Effectiveness, and Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Services.

This series of workshops offers a unique opportunity to work with colleagues from a variety of offices across campus who will support your role as a manager and promote creative and practical problem solving for difficult issues.  The content is highly interactive and incorporates the experiences of the participants.

The topics covered in the workshops include: Conflict Management, Communication, Talent Management, Competency Based Management, and Motivating Others.

Registration is handled via UTLearn.

HR Essentials

The HR Essentials Program is designed specifically for Human Resource professionals. The focus is on the relevant laws, regulations and policies that inform the University’s HR business practices with staff, the organization culture that the University seeks to uphold, and the best practices associated with attracting and retaining the employees necessary to achieve the organization’s objectives. The program builds a cohesive HR knowledge base among practitioners who function in a highly decentralized environment.  Courses strive to provide a teaching level of instruction to those who are new to the profession or University as well as a depth of detail, examples and best practices to enrich the expertise of seasoned HR professionals.

The Program contains 26 classes covering the employment life-cycle.  Participation in the Program requires the approval of the College, School or Unit’s (CSU) HR Executive prior to registration.

Certificate requirements are as follows:

  • HR Essentials: Basics is for HR staff performing mostly at a transactional level. To earn this certificate, you must attend 15 core courses and 4 elective courses within three years to receive certification.
  • HR Essentials: Advanced is for HR staff performing at a broader level.  To earn this certificate, you must attend 19 core courses and 4 elective courses within three years to receive certification.
  • CSU HR Executive will determine appropriate track for a participant as part of their approval process.

Courses provide Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders.

Interested in studying for the SHRM or PHR exams?  LinkedIn Learning provides training for this and is available to employees at no-cost.  Check out our HR Certifications collection.  

For questions about the HR Essentials program, please send an email to

Additional Learning Programs

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