Professional Development

These courses and workshops allow you to acquire new skills and knowledge for career advancement as well as obtaining CEUs and Certifications.

  • Online Professional Non-Credit Courses

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    Governors State University has partnered with OnCourse Learning, a provider of high-quality, state approved, customized training solutions, textbooks, and occupational tools for both pre-licensing and continuing education in the real estate, appraisal, mortgage, home inspection, IT, engineering, insurance, and bank and credit union industries.


    Information Technology

    Online professional development courses through OnCourse Learning.

    Citrix
    Virtualization
    Cisco
    CompTIA
    EC-Council
    Microsoft

     

    Home Preformance

    Online professional development courses through OnCourse Learning.

    Energy Audit Basic Training

    Advanced Home Energy Course

    Weatherization Installer Training

    Home Performance Sales and Marketing

    Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps

     

  • American Home Inspectors Training Institute

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    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)   

     

    Days: March 2, 3 and 4, 2015
    Time: 8 am to 6 pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: $1,795 - includes all materials

    Information:  AHIT Governors State University 
    Register today by calling 877.215.7924
    Description: Governors State University has partnered with industry leader American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) to offer a comprehensive home inspection course.

    *Early Registration Deadline: two weeks prior to the scheduled session: $1,595 discounted fee



    Register for AHIT today by calling 877.215.7924 or visit their  website   

     

  • Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! How to successfully win an IRS audit, appeal, setup a payment plan, or offer in compromise, OIC?

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    Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! How to successfully win an IRS audit, appeal, setup a payment plan, or offer in compromise, OIC?

    Location: Governors State University
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    Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Time: 9am -12pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $79.00

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP 2015) 

    Continuing Education Credits Available: 3.0 CPEs

    For More Information: Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! How to successfully win an IRS audit, appeal, setup a payment plan, or offer in compromise, OIC? Homepage.

    Registration Home Page

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-03

    Description: Banking Secrets that help get IRS OIC plans approved! The truth of the matter is there is a formula and a system to winning in an audit, to successfully preparing an acceptable payment plan and most importantly getting and OIC approved.  I have well over 15 years of banking experience that has helped me to be successful when submitting my offers and payment plans to the IRS, and the state of Illinois for approval.

    Find out how to prepare your offers with the same knowledge and information the IRS agent will be using.  By knowing the standardized guideline you can work together within the systems rules.  Like underwriting a loan, you will be learning to underwrite your offers.

    The plan of my client can’t afford this much, or let’s pick a number ten cents on the dollar and use that as our plan, strategy or goal simply doesn’t’ work.  By having a strategy, and a methodical plan you will better serve your clients, with higher approval rates.  This course will require the use of a calculator.

  • Database Applications using Microsoft Access 2013

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    Database Applications using Microsoft Access 2013

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, April 18 and 25, 2015
    Time: 9am - 5pm
    Room:
    Fee: $129
    Description: This course provides an introduction to databases using Microsoft Access 2013.

    Access topics may include how to design a database; create basic tables, forms, queries, and reports; relate tables (joins).

    Course Number:  CE-CS03-03

    Registration Home Page 

    Database Applications using Microsoft Access 2013 Homepage

  • Do You Have an IRS Issue?

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    Do You Have an IRS Issue?

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Saturday, January 17, 2015
    Time: 10am - 1pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $20

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP2015) 

    Description: Do you have an IRS issue?  Have you missed filing your taxes for a period of time, are you an innocent or injured spouse?  What about that earned income credit do you or do you not qualify for it?  Have you missed entering some income on your tax return?  What about that cancellation of debt, foreclosure or short sale?  So many questions.  Come find out what to do, in the proper order.  We will also talk briefly about the IRS Fresh Start Program!

    One of the worst things you can do is to bury your head in the sand, don’t hide IRS notices, they don’t go away!

    This is a 3 hour discussion with time for Q & A.  Bring your issues, and IRS notices to discuss or meet one-on-one afterwards.

    For More Information:

    Do You Have an IRS Issue?

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-02

    Registration Home Page

  • IRS Simplified deduction method for business use of your home; taking effect for taxable years starting on, or after January 1, 2013

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    IRS Simplified deduction method for business use of your home; taking effect for taxable years starting on, or after January 1, 2013

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $25.95

    Continuing Education Credits Available: 1.0 CPEs

    Description: This is a one hour in depth look at the new IRS Simplified plan for business deductions, significantly reducing the burden of record keeping for your tax clients, claimed on schedule A.

    For More Information:  IRS Simplified deduction method for business use of your home; taking effect for taxable years starting on, or after January 1, 2013 Homepage.

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-02

    Registration Home Page

  • For CPAs and CPEs: Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

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    For CPAs and CPEs: The Home-Based Business Guide: Planning  a Business,  Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $79.00

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP2015) 

     

    Choosing the right entity for your business

    Description: Helping your clients choose the right entity for their new business; are they a sole proprietor? Have you discussed with them the potential benefits of incorporating their business, becoming a partnership, or even a look at being classified as an LLC? In the state of Illinois we allowed LLC Series, which may be an excellent choice for your tax clients that own investment properties.

    Find out how you can assist your clients in understanding the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks of each. This class will elevate your knowledge and prepare you to assist your clients in making informed choices and decisions. This session is for you, whether you start business entities for your clients or refer them to a law firm, you will benefit by having this knowledge to share with your clients.

     

    The Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

     
    Description: Many people have contemplated starting their own home-based business but never do because they are unsure of what steps to take, the correct process and just how to go about it. It can be an overwhelming project without the right guidance, but with the proper strategies it can be simplified and the process made easier.

    We look at the advantages and disadvantageous of owning a home-based business. Discover the inside information your clients need when starting a home-based business. Failure to plan can cost them serious money and headaches in the future. Planning reduces financial risk. Help them to plan properly for success!

    During this three hour session we will discuss the early stages of planning, marketing and how to help your clients grow their business. Most importantly we will take a closer look at the benefits of tax planning; such as taking advantage of all deductions your clients are legally entitled to claim. We will briefly review the new rules for the IRS simplified deduction method for the business use of your home.

     For more information:

    For CPAs and CPEs: Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions Homepage.

    Continuing Education Credits Available: 3.0 CPEs

    Course Number: CE-BUS07-01

    Registration Home Page

  • Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

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    Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions 

    Location: Governors State University
    Day: Saturday, January 17, 2015
    Time: 2pm - 5pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $69.95
     

    Presenter: Laura Burke EA, CFE, MBA & MS MIS (SP2015)

    Two Courses in One:

    Choosing the right entity for your business

    Are you a sole proprietor?  Have you ever thought about incorporating your business, becoming a partnership, or even wondered how becoming an LLC would affect your business.  Come and find out the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks of each.  This allows you to make informed choices and decisions in determining which business entity maybe right for you; a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a partnership, or Limited Liability Co. known as an LLC

    Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions

    Description: Many people have contemplated starting their own home-based business but never do because they are unsure of what steps to take, the correct process and just how to go about it. It can be an overwhelming project without the right guidance, but with the proper strategies it can be simplified and the process made easier. 

    It is here in this session that you will find the guidance you've been waiting for, find out the ins, the outs and the inside info you need when starting a home-based business. Failure to plan can cost you serious money and headaches in the future. Planning reduces financial risk.

    Create a plan for your home-based business; whether it’s Avon, Mary Kay or any other adventurous home-based business. Knowing the ins and outs will help you make your business a success! During this three hour session you will learn planning, marketing and growing your business.  You will also take a look at the benefits of tax planning; such as taking advantage of all deductions you are legally entitled to claim.  Learn how to keep proper documentation allowing our deductions and credits.

    For more information:

    Home-Based Business Guide: Planning a Business, Choosing an Entity, IRS Approved Tax Deductions Homepage

    Course Number: CE-BUS07-01

    Registration Home Page

  • Introduction to Tax Preparation

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    Introduction to Tax Preparation 2015

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January, 6, 7, & 8,  2015
    Time: 10am - 5pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $495

    Description: Looking for a New Career?  Just in time, “Intro to Tax Preparation” This 15 hour course will give you the basic skills needed to prepare a basic to medium level tax return.  Learn what is income, what is taxable income, deductions, credits, the earned income credit, educational credits, and how to properly efile your return. 

    This preparatory course will give you the insight and knowledge to properly complete an IRS 1040 form, along with the basic schedules. We will go over Schedule A, discuss briefly schedule D (stock, cancellation of debt) & E (Rental income/K1 income). Schedule C for self-employed borrowers will be touched upon, for more information on schedule C, attend the Home-based business course.

    All participants that successfully pass the Intro Tax Preparation will receive a Free 2 hour state of Illinois tax course; as walk through a standard IL1040 tax form.  Discover when to file a non-resident state tax return for bordering states of IN, MI, or WI.

    For more information:

    Introduction to Tax Preparation Homepage

    Course Number: CE-MNY03-01

    Registration Home Page 

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

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    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, January 31 - March 21, 2015
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks

    Hybrid Instruction: Four in-class and four online classes
    Description: The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate course will focus on both Advanced Lean Techniques and Six Sigma "Green Belt" methodologies. Detailed and real-world examples of lean thinking will be reviewed with hands - on examples to enhance the learning experience. Learn how to integrate theories of business, statistics, and the elimination of waste with the goal of achieving tangible results. Six Sigma methods will include project planning and various statistical tools to equip the student to be Green Belt certified and a practitioner of Lean Six Sigma at their organization.

    Registration codes: CE-GFS01-05

    Registration Home Page 

    Lean Six Sigma Homepage

  • PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

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    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesdays, February 3 – March 24, 2015
    Time: 6 - 8:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,095
           $995 for SSCHRA members (South Suburban Cook Human Resources Association)

     
    Description:This course provides an overview of key areas in human resources management to better prepare HR professionals for national PHR (Professional in HR) or the SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) exams, administered by the HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute). Eligibility requirements and test information for PHR or SPHR exam can be found at www.hrci.org.

    Course Number(s): General Registration please use for registration: CE-BUS05-01

                                 SSCHRA Members (Verification Required) please use for registration:CE-BUS05-02

     Registration Home Page

  • Spreadsheet Applications using Microsoft Excel 2013

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    Spreadsheet Applications using Microsoft Excel 2013

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, March 28 and April 4, 2015
    Time: 9am - 5 pm
    Room:
    Fee: $129
    Description: Provides a course in creating spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2013. Topics are introductory level.

    Excel topics may include worksheet window basics and navigation, utilize formulas and functions, create charts from data, create pivot tables.

    Course Number:CE-CS03-02

    Registration Home Page 

    Spreadsheet Applications using Microsoft Excel 2013 Homepage

  • Word Processing Applications using Microsoft Word 2013

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    Word Processing Applications using Microsoft Word 2013

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, February 7 and 14, 2015
    Time: 9am - 5pm
    Room:
    Fee: $129
    Description: Provides a course in word processing using Microsoft Word 2013. Topics are at the introductory level.

    Word topics may include creating, saving, editing, formatting, and printing documents.

    Course Number:  CE-CS03-01

    Registration Home Page 

    Word Processing Applications using Microsoft Word 2013 Homepage