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10 Highly Reviewed U.S. Professional Development Courses

Whether you’re an accountant, a marketing coordinator, a civil engineer or a human resource manager, keeping your skills exercised and staying on top of industry trends is essential for offering the best service you can as a professional in your field.

Employees that are well-trained and “up with the play” are generally much more engaged in the workplace environment and much more invested in their own personal performance and what they can contribute to the organization.

We’ve collated a list of professional development courses who have been put on the map by their user reviews. Here are 10 highly reviewed U.S. courses that we think you should check out! 

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Human Resources, Training & Development

1. Training Certificate (Association of Talent Development)

As one of the world’s largest provider of training for talent development professionals, The Association of Talent Development reviews are top-notch. Specifically, this three-day Training Certificate workshop is one of, if not the, highest reviewed course that ATD have to offer, exploring best practices in modern employee training and development. Learn more here.

“I got so much more out of it that I expected. I now have so many tools in my toolbox that I’m excited to get started on designing my next training.” – Jason G.


2. Roadmap of California Medical Leaves (Compliance Online)

Federal medical leaves specific to California are explored through this comprehensive interactive training workshop. Participants will learn how to apply leaves accurately and consistently, as well as exploring issues around intermittent or ongoing medical leaves. Compliance Online reviews indicate this is a comprehensive and highly beneficial course for those located in California (or have employees in California) working as HR Managers, Supervisors, Business Owners or General Managers. Learn more here.

“Training was highly informative and I was able to learn a lot from other participants as well.” – Course Participant

Compliance Online

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Finance & Accounting

3. Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers (American Management Association)

American Management Association reviews reflect the fact that AMA has been the world leader in professional development for over 90 years! This Fundamentals in Finance and Accounting course is aimed at those working in a professional environment who may have limited knowledge and confidence in finance and want to learn to interpret and respond to financial information and make smarter business decisions that deliver higher profitability. Learn more here.

“The Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting class was excellent… This class gave me much more confidence... as well as a general understanding of accounting and finance. I would strongly recommend this class to any business owner.” - Wes


4. Financial and Valuation Modeling Boot Camp (Wall Street Prep)

Founded in 2004 by a group of investment bankers, Wall Street Prep reviews for this course reflect its intensive and comprehensive structure. Over three days, participants can enhance their skills in financial statement modeling, valuation and DVF modeling and M&A modeling. Learn more here.

"The class provides a great introduction to modeling & real life uses of finance and accounting principles. I only wish I took it earlier in my career." - Randall B., Consultant

Wall Street Prep

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Leadership & Management

5. Step Up to Leadership (Dale Carnegie Digital)

Whether delivered in-person or through e-learning, Dale Carnegie Digital reviews show that they are a highly regarded provider of courses in leadership, sales, workplace engagement, communication and business skills. Their Step Up to Leadership certification is offered as an 6-hour online webinar, providing participants with the leadership skills to be effective management professionals. Learn more here.

“Engaged, smooth, well prepared, fantastic material! I am better prepared to be a more effective leader to empower others.” - Josh W.

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6. Applied Business Architecture (IAG Consulting)

This 4-day interactive class provides participants with an in-depth foundation in applied business architecture theory, evaluation and practice. The IAG Consulting reviews are from fellow managers, business analysts and project managers who have found this course particularly beneficial. Learn more here.

"Hats off to the consultant for her engaging teaching style, wealth of information and patience as the class learned the material." - Craig

IAG Consulting

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Information Technologies (IT)

7. Java Programming (Hands on Technology Transfer)

This introductory classroom course provides participants with a foundation understanding of the Java programming language and providing opportunities through hands-on lab activities to put into practice their new skills. Hands on Technology Transfer reviews are of a high standard, making this a course to seriously consider. Learn more here.

“This class was all I hoped for and more!.. Leaving this class I am confident that my future experiences with the Java programming language will be productive and effective." - K.B., Marshall University


8. Computer System Validation - Reduce Costs & Avoid 483s (Compliance Online)

Through this course, participants will explore the latest practices in data security, data transfer, audit trails, electronic records, and software and computer system validation. Compliance Online reviews show this is the perfect course for those in roles such as IT/software managers, vendors and suppliers, and ideal for those specifically working within health care, biopharmaceuticals and medical device sectors. Learn more here.

“This is my first experience with ComplianceOnline and I would definitely attend other seminars.” - Course Participant

Compliance Online

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9. Major Testing Techniques for Plastics: an Introduction (ASTM International)

This 3-day course covers basic principles, techniques and equipment generally used in mechanical and analytical tests on plastics and polymeric materials. ASTM International reviews show this course is of great benefit to technicians, sales representatives and product developers as well as those not directly involved in the plastic testing process but looking for a foundation understanding in this area. Learn more here.

"I appreciate how comprehensive the class was. I can't say enough good things about the instructors. They were informative, kind and funny." - Course Participant

ASTM International

10. Arc Flash Electrical Safety NFPA® 70E (TPC TrainCo)

Through this 2-day course, participants will learn foundation safety and knowledge around working with electrically energized equipment. Designed to reduce liability concerns for the employer, this course is a comprehensive and successful way to establish safe working practices, as is shown in the TPC TrainCo reviews. Learn more here.

"Training was great. Very happy with the course and outcome. Everyone here on our end learned a tremendous amount and I think they all have new found respect for electrical safety.” - Charles K.

TPC TrainCo

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