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Mentoring Noncredit Certificate


Nurture career-enhancing relationships.

The rewards of mentoring are manifold, both for the individual and the organization, but effective mentoring takes effort. Creating successful mentoring relationships requires specific skills, sensibilities and structure. Bring out untapped capabilities within yourself and others, and embark on a transformative journey to catalyze success in your organization.

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Our Certificate at a Glance

Find out more about the Mentoring Noncredit Certificate.


Dates TBA
3 Sessions


Scheduled Online Study (Canvas) & Live Online Sessions (Zoom)


$99 Individual Session
$295 for the Certificate

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Mentoring Rewards are Manifold

Organizations that embrace mentoring are rewarded with higher levels of employee engagement, retention and knowledge sharing.

For individuals, studies show that good mentoring can lead to greater career success, including promotions, raises and increased opportunities.

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A Win/Win/Win Relationship

This certificate program will empower you to design the relationship between mentee, mentor and your supporting organization to ensure positive impact — win/win/win — and is ideal for:

  • Human Resource Professionals who can help implement mentoring efforts at your organization. Certified Mentors can be a great recruitment and retainment tool to attract and keep talent.
  • Managers or Team Leaders managing employees and looking for ways to build and develop employees as they grow in their roles and within your organization.
  • Talent or Training Development Directors who can help start and develop a mentoring program within your organization, ensuring your mentors are confident and equipped with the knowledge to make a difference in their mentee’s life.

Essential Courses

You may take courses à la carte, or you may take all three courses to earn a certificate and digital badge. All live online sessions are 8:30-10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Winning Communication Strategies for a Successful Mentorship
Live Online: TBA
Online Study: Week Before

This course will ensure that your mentor/mentee relationship is successful, thought-provoking and impactful with best practice communication proficiency, including: 1. Critical communication skills, such as active listening; 2. Successful strategies for conflict resolution and crucial conversations; and 3. Engaging and open-ended questions to ask mentees.

Instructor: Anna Wahl
Cost: $99

Mentorship Ethics & Boundaries
Live Online: TBA
Online Study: Week Before

This 2-hour ethics and boundaries training will apply ethical theories and approaches to the mentoring relationship. Professional codes of behavior will be examined. Participants will actively engage in discussion of concepts, including personal perspectives, that influence mentoring. This course can be taken ala carte or as part of the certificate program.

Instructor: Joan Groessl
Cost: $99

Mentoring Action Plan (Certificate Capstone)

Action Course

Live Online: TBA
Online Study: Week Before

This course will integrate all concepts learned in previous courses by enabling you to put together an action plan to create or improve a mentoring partnership within your business, nonprofit or organization. In addition, you will be guided to demonstrate how to leverage the tools provided, how to address barriers to success and how to identify necessary allies for support of the process. This action course is only available after taking the first two courses, as it is the capstone of the certificate.

Instructor: David Jerrett

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Gain a Competitive Edge

Upon successful completion of all the three sessions, you will receive an exclusive UW-Green Bay credential, a digital badge validating your accomplishment and signaling to employers your mastery of the curriculum. The digital badge can be featured on LinkedIn, your resume, email signature and website.

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Special Opportunity

Social Workers & Human Services Professionals earn continuing education credit.

For Social Workers and Other Human Services Professionals, these certificate courses qualify for continuing education credit. The first course earns Ethics and Boundaries credit, and the remaining two courses earn Special Topics credit.

Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs per course

Implementing a Mentoring Program

Enhanced training for Human Resource Professionals.

If you're an HR professional looking to customize mentoring to your organization's unique situation, this program will provide guidance on clear goal expectations and understanding of the relationship and mutual benefits for mentee and mentor, ensuring success and results. You will leave with a best practice approach to a mentorship program that supports your company's culture. As mentorship facilitators, you will learn how to support mentorship participants and encourage others to become involved. This training will cover implementation, success stories and challenges. Contact Melissa Betke, program specialist, at for more information on how this program can work for you.

Instructor: Christine Jensema

  • Learn how to implement a formal mentorship program.
  • Set clear goals for both mentee and mentors.
  • Identify the benefits for your organization's culture and performance.
  • Develop best practices for matching mentee with mentor to support your culture.
  • Establish a healthy foundation for supporting participants.
  • Build talent in your organization through a formal mentorship program.
  • Explore the distinctions between coaching, teaching and mentoring.
  • Resolve mentee/mentor relationships that aren't a good fit.
  • Adapt a mentorship program to a nontraditional situation.
  • Recruiting mentee and mentor participants.

Contact Melissa

Kathryn Martin

Making It Happen

"Since taking these courses, creating a mentorship program went from one of those projects that kept getting put on the back burner to something that is actually happening!"

Kathryn Martin, M.S. Ed.
Student & Community Engagement Coordinator
Austin E. Cofrin School of Business


Joan Groessl

Joan Groessl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Social Work Department Chair, UW-Green Bay
President of the Board, Algoma Medical Center & Long Term Care Unit

Joan Groessl's social work practice experience includes twenty years in county mental health services, supervision and administration. She also serves as consultant and provides a range of trainings for human services professionals. Joan's research interests include ethics, leadership, organizational culture, and interdisciplinary relationships. She is a former President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and city alderperson for Ward III.

Christine Jensema

Christine Jensema

B.S. Business Administration
M.S. Management in Management and Organizational Behavior
PhD Leadership Studies

Christine Jensema is a transformational leader, serving as a catalyst for change. She is committed to best practice approaches to developing, leading and contributing to an organization’s overall goals, vision, and mission. She is known for translating business strategy into people, performance and reward tactics that optimize engagement and drive business results. For over 10 years, she served as Divisional Chief Human Resource Officer at Hospital Sisters Health System. She was also Administrative Director of People Services at St. Nicholas Hospital for almost 15 years.

David Jerrett

David Jerrett

B.A. Communication
MBA Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

David Jerrett brings 30 years of executive leadership and management experience, responsible for leading and motivating nationwide and regional teams. As chair of the Kibaoni Primary School Foundation, David leads infrastructure projects that enhance the learning environment in public schools in Tanzania. He also sits on the board of the Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé program where he helps woman and minority-owned business owners work through their entrepreneurial challenges. He is passionate about doing the right thing and helping others do their best.

Anna Wahl

Anna Wahl

Founder & CEO, CultureStream HR, LLC
Professional Human Resource Certification (SRHM-CP)
B.A. Pre-Law

Anna has over 15 years of experience aligning human resource activities to business needs. Anna is known for inspiring focused teamwork by providing exemplary leadership, direction and mutual respect. Prior to starting CultureStream HR Solutions LLC, Anna was the Director, Human Resources at Dev Technology Group in Washington, D.C., where she played a pivotal role in maintaining a sought-after company culture while expediting exponential growth. Throughout her career, Anna has witnessed the power of mentors. While at Dev Technology Group, she created a powerful and impactful Mentorship Program which assisted team members across the organization to thrive in their careers.

Try It Out First

Not sure if mentoring is right for you? Take our self-paced Mentoring Modules. These 30-minute course will provide an overview of the facts and myths of mentoring and the qualities needed to mentor. The courses will also cover time management, discussing just how much time a mentorship will take to be effective for both the mentor and the mentee, and what you — the mentor — will get out of the mentorship.

Being a Mentor

This course will help you understand the benefits of being a mentor and how to guide a mentee to help them succeed in their professional goals. Cost: Free.

Register for Being a Mentor

Finding a Mentor

The course will help you see the benefits of a mentor and how to find an impactful mentor to help you succeed in your professional goals. Cost: Free.

Register for Finding a Mentor

Kayle Petitjean

Need Guidance?

If you need additional guidance, please contact Kayle Petitjean, Office of Professional Continuing Education, at or 920-465-2642.

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