Frequently asked questions

  • What is a Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) course and certificate program?

    Arizona State University’s Continuing and Professional Education program provides online learning opportunities for individuals in the workforce or entering the workforce. Courses range from a variety of topics to add to or enhance your current skills. A certificate program is a series of courses that combine for advanced knowledge on a given subject.

  • Are the courses and certificate programs created by the professors at Arizona State University?

    All CPE courses are either created by ASU faculty or officially approved by ASU faculty. That means that as a professional you have access to high-quality courses and certificate programs created or approved by the same faculty at Arizona State University, which is ranked #1 in innovation by U.S News & World report.

  • Who can take a CPE course or certificate program?

    ASU Continuing and Professional Education is open to anyone who wants to register. If you’re looking to gain new skills for your current job, want to obtain new skills to work towards a promotion, or even want to change jobs completely, there are courses for you.

  • How do I register for a course?

    It’s simple. Explore our courses and certificate programs here. After finding what interest you, follow the prompts to register. Once you’ve completed the check out process, you’ll be able to start right away!

  • How long will I have access to my CPE course?

    You’ll have access until you’ve completed the course. While there is no deadline to complete courses, you’ll want to keep a consistent pace so your new knowledge stays fresh.

  • Are there any education or job-related prerequisites?

    No. The offerings at Continuing and Professional education do not require an application and you do not need any prerequisites to participate.

  • What kind of jobs are the courses and certificate programs designed for?

    They are designed for almost any job! For example, we offer a wide variety of project management courses that even if you do not work as project manager, you’ll be able to use the skills you learn about risk management, resource utilization, and communication on a daily basis. There are a lot of courses and certificate programs that will help you regardless of your current job.

  • Are the courses and certificate programs good for my resume?

    Our courses and programs are great for your resume! They can help you change careers, move into new roles and even get a promotion in your current job. With an ever-changing environment it’s always good to upgrade your skills, and we can help with that.

  • How long does the average course or certificate program take to complete?

    Since our courses and certificate programs are self-paced, it mostly depends on the individual. However, each course description will give you an estimated time of completion.

  • What are the technology requirements?

    This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas, the platform that hosts ASU’s CPE courses. It’s always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions of operating systems and have a reliable internet connection. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times.

    Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

    Screen Size

    Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800x600. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

    Operating Systems

    Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
    Mac OS X 10.6 and newer
    Linux - Chromium OS

    Mobile Operating System Native App Support

    iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
    Android 4.2 and newer

    Computer Speed and Processor

    Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
    1GB of RAM
    2GHz processor

  • I am an ASU affiliate and would like to put a course online. How do I do that?

    As a service unit to Arizona State University, Continuing and Professional Education is able to onboard your program through a simple series of steps. Learn more through our self-service process

  • Are CPE courses or certificates eligible for federal financial aid?

    No, CPE courses and certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid.

  • Do you supply 1098T forms for course purchases?

    Since Continuing and Professional Education courses do not at this time award credit (which would allow an individual to use financial aid to pay for courses), we do not offer these forms.

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