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 do 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 1st   1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
MD301 EEO, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Public Employees and Employee Relations   TBD  
MD501 Managing Conflict  TBD  
MD401 Coaching for Performance  TBD  
MD701 Personality Inventories  TBD  
MD601 Leading Change  TBD  
MD801 Motivating & Engaging a Diverse Work Force  TBD  
MD901 Public Relations & Media  TBD  
Supervisor Safety Orientation:                            Required training for supervisors 
Register through Safety & Risk  Management
 Offered Quarterly  TBD

 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:

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

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

  • EEO information: Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Reporting requirements
  • Public Information and Employees: What is public and what is confidential, FERPA, HIPAA, includes a brief employment law overview
  • Labor and Employee Relations: Union contracts, Bargaining, and Status of non-union employees

MD401 Coaching for Performance

  • Basic coaching skills for performance, leading by example
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Effective evaluation processes
  • Encouraging employee development
  • Corrective Action: progressive discipline in Montana, terminating an employee, wrongful discharge, grievances

MD501 Managing Conflict

  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Difficult conversations
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Conflict scenarios

MD601 Leading Change

  • Stages of change
  • What a leader can do to assist people moving through stages of change
  • Leading change – the seven levers
  • Conditions for successful change
  • Communication during change

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

  • Working with the media
  • MSU Communications policies and managers

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


Please register via the following link: HR Training Registration

For more information, please contact Terry Bishop