Management Development-I Certificate

Employees wanting to receive a Montana State University Management Development-I certificate will have 36 months to attend and complete each of the nine required courses. In addition, to receive a certificate employees will need to complete a required Safety & Risk Management session, which you can register for by going to the Safety & Risk Management site. In total a commitment of approximately 50 hours of course training will be required. After the successful completion of all course work a Management Development-I certificate will be issued.  

Employees may take the courses in any order and may also sign up for individual courses and choose not to work towards a certificate.

To help in planning your personal Professional Development for the upcoming academic calendar year, the following course schedule is being provided for the Management Development-I certificate program. Please be aware that select dates could change due to scheduling conflicts. 

* Special Note for MD101 Courses:  Due to limited class size, we do give priority to individuals almost complete with the MD certificate. All MD101 courses will require a manual registration process. Please email your MD101 inquiries and registration requests to Terry Bishop at: .


Course Title



MD101.1 *Day 1 - Breakthrough Leadership Training September
MD101.2 *Day 2 - Breakthrough Leadership Training October
MD101.3 *Day 3 - Breakthrough Leadership Training November
MD201 Boot Camp: MSU's Strategic Plan Tuesday, October 1  1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
MD301 EEO, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Public Employees and Employee Relations  Tuesday, October 29, 2019   1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
MD401 Coaching for Performance  Tuesday, December 3, 2019  8:30 am -12:00 pm
MD701 Personality Inventories  Tuesday, January 7, 2020  8:30 am -12:00 pm
MD601 Leading Change  Wednesday, February 5, 2020 8:30 am -12:00 pm
MD501 Managing Conflict Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:30 am -12:00 pm

Public Relations & Media

(Free Speech On Campus will directly follow)

 Tuesday, April 7, 2020

 9:00 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am -11:00 am


Motivating & Engaging a Diverse Work Force

Supervisor Safety Orientation:                            Required training for supervisors 
Register through Safety & Risk  Management
 Offered Quarterly  TBD

Please register via the following link: MSU Registration

For more information, please contact Terry Bishop: 

 Management Development - I Course Descriptions

MD101 Breakthrough Leadership 3-day Training

This is a 3-day, 24 hour, leadership training. Participants will learn the seven practices of Facilitative Leadership including: Share an inspiring vision; Focus on results, process and relationship; Seek maximum appropriate involvement; Design pathways to action; Facilitate agreement; Coach for performance; and Celebrate accomplishment. Participants are expected to be present for the complete 3-day workshop.                                                                       (Maximum enrollment is 18 participants)

Other intensive leadership/supervisor trainings including FAST (Facilities) may be substituted for MD101.

MD201 Boot Camp: MSU’s Strategic Plan

Overview: In this course we will learn about MSU’s organizational structure. We will learn about MSU’s strategic direction, called “Choosing Promise”, including; the Mission, Vision, and Values and the different components that make up the Strategic Plan. We will learn more about the overall Finance and Administration functions and how they operate at MSU.   

Why should you Attend: This course will provide valuable knowledge and information intended for all individuals on campus who would like to learn more about the organization they work for, MSU’s strategic plan, and a high-level view of how Administration and Finance operates?  

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • MSU Organizational Chart - Executive Level
  • MSU Strategic Plan – “Choosing Promise”
  • MSU Strategic Plan – Mission, Vision, and Values
  • MSU Strategic Plan – Transformational Learning
  • MSU Strategic Plan – Scholarship that Improves Lives
  • MSU Strategic Plan – Expanding Engagement
  • MSU Administration and Finance – Executive Level
  • MSU Resources available to managers
  • The MSU "alphabet"

Who Will Benefit:

  • All MSU employees wanting to learn more about “Choosing Promise” MSU’s Strategic Plan and roadmap for the future and wanting to become more knowledgeable about the MSU organization they work for.

MD301 EEO, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Public Employees and Employee Relations 

Overview: In this course we will learn about policy guidance to managers, supervisors, and employees within regulatory parameters. You will learn what is public and what is confidential, FERPA, HIPAA, includes a brief employment law overview. Everyone on our campus has a right to access their education and/or employment and MSU’s programs and services free from protected class discrimination and harassment. We will take a deeper dive into this subject and is intended to provide a greater understanding of the Federal/State Laws and University Policy surrounding discrimination and harassment.






Why should you Attend: This course will provide information on union contracts, bargaining, and status of non-union employees. You will be provided information on Federal and State laws and what that means being public employees. This course will provide valuable knowledge, information, and tools that will help you to better perform as a mandatory reporter. 

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Federal and State Civil Rights Compliance
  • Mandatory Reporter
  • Duty to Report
  • Importance of Reporting
  • Federal and State employment and labor laws
  • Board of Regents policies
  • MSU policies
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements

Who Will Benefit:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • All MSU Employees

MD401 Coaching for Performance

  • The goal of this course is to provide participants with some valuable coaching skills, tools, and techniques that will help to develop individuals and teams.

MD501 Managing Conflict

Overview: In this course, you will learn about how you and others approach conflict and gain practical tools for approaching the conflicts you will inevitably encounter in your professional (and personal) life.

Why should you Attend: This course will increase your comfort with conflict and provide concrete tools to approach conflicts more productively.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Process for addressing conflict
  • Conflict scenarios

MD601 Leading Change

Overview: In this course we will look at the difference between management and leadership during change.  We will look critically at the conventional wisdom: managers manage, but we don't need leaders until there is a problem.  The course will include an investigation of the types of change organizations are addressing in the 21st century and an introduction and explanation of some change theories and how they might assist people who are in the midst of change (i.e., building the boat while at sea!).

We will present on the adaptive leadership model, types of simple and complex problems as seen through the adaptive leadership model's lens, diagnosing types of problems, and ways to intervene during times of complex change.  Activities will be interspersed throughout the workshop.

Why should you Attend: This course will provide a look at normal responses to change;  how to be resilient and even generative during times of change; and an introduction into some tools that are helpful during change including some activities focusing on taking radical responsibility and being curious during change.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  •  What a leader can do to assist people moving through stages of change
  • An investigation of the types of change organizations are addressing in the 21st century
  • Explanation of some change theories and how to be resilient

  Who Will Benefit:

  •  Managers
  • Supervisors
  • All MSU Employees

MD701 Personality Inventories

  • Gain self-insight and improve interactions in the workplace among teams
  • Understand differences, improve communications and manage employees with varying styles
  • Develop a deeper understanding of self and behaviors and appreciate others by making constructive use of differences
  • Learn to approach problems in different ways which can be healthy and productive for the individual, the employee team, and for the University

MD801 Motivating and Engaging a Diverse Work Force

  • Building a positive work culture/respectful workplace
  • Dimensions of diversity in the workplace: awareness and understanding
  • Developing teams

MD901 Public Relations & Media

Overview:  In this course, we will look at how to work with and respond to members of the media, in coordination with University Communications at Montana State University. We will go over the functions of University Communications and how it can assist you, review the university’s media policy, and cover key tips on how to be successful in dealings with the press.

Why should you Attend:  Any employee of the university can encounter a reporter during the course of business. This course will empower you to help that reporter efficiently and know when and how to refer media to University Communications.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Working with the media
  • Media policy
  • Functions of University Communications

SRM0003 Supervisor Safety Orientation: Required training for supervisors

This course targets what supervisors must know regarding safety hazards, assessments, and safety requirements on MSU Campuses per SRM/MSU/State/Federal policies and regulations.

  • Know where to locate applicable policies and procedures
  • Know what requirements exist for supervisors in relation to training and safety duties
  • Know which trainings are required of your employees
  • Know how to report and investigate an accident
  • Know your emergency action plan and how to communicate this to your employees
  • Assess hazards in your area and identify appropriate PPE for your employees to use to be safe
  • Know how to create a chemical inventory and submit it appropriately
  • Dispose of various waste types appropriately
  • Understand the basics of Workers' Compensation and related programs