Professional Development Resources

Listed below are resources to learn new technical skills through conferences, free subscriptions, leadership programs, and technical courses. Plus, during the One IT Summit, Berkeley subject matter experts offer workshops and courses for the community. If you are interested in leading a course, contact us


Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals Conference

The Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals Conference is the premier forum for connecting with higher education information security and privacy professionals.

General Technology and Information Management 

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conferenceconnects the best thinkers in higher education technology.

This is THE event where professionals and technology providers from around the world gather to network, share ideas, grow professionally, and discover solutions to today’s challenges. It’s the largest gathering of your peers…people you can relate to, learn from, and stay connected to throughout the year.

Intersectional Higher Ed Disciplines

The NERCOMP Annual Conference is the place where our community of IT professionals, faculty, researchers, learners, and institutions come together to engage, network, and learn from each other’s experiences in advancing innovation and leadership in higher education. The NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) partners with EDUCAUSE to bring together leaders in the higher education IT community from across the region.

Teaching and Learning

ELI Annual Meeting. The ELI Annual Meeting is the premier event for higher education teaching and learning professionals. This is the one event that explores solutions to our learning community's key issues, engages innovative technology and service providers, and unites expertise across our institutions.

Free Subscriptions:


EDUCAUSE offers professional development and networking opportunities to help higher education IT professionals, at all levels, advance in their career. 

Online Learning:

EDUCAUSE Career Center: job opportunities and recruitment for job openings within the higher education community

Attend and Participate in EDUCAUSE Events: face-to-face and online opportunities exist—connecting you to peers and increasing your knowledge and skills

Use their Pathways tool to develop a curated, informed career plan that’s personalized to you!

Explore the four IT ‘pathways’ to see which best fits your goals and interests and to explore other options and paths.

Complete the self-assessment to help you identify gaps in your skillsets.

Use the Pathway Toolkits to help chart a path to prepare you for future roles or an expansion of your current one.

Review the various levels of your chosen pathway to see the education, positions, skills, and actions that can move you forward.


The Gartner Campus Access program provides faculty, students, and staff free, unlimited access to the Gartner research library which helps translate complex IT issues into comprehensive advice and meaningful analysis. Gartner is the global leader in providing accurate and current research for the IT industry. Use your existing CalNet login credentials to login to Gartner.

LinkedIn Learning

Access this online library of on-demand, expert-led instructional videos on a wide variety of topics. Learn how to login to LinkedIn

Leadership Programs:

EDUCAUSE Institute: immersive programs for new or current managers and leaders. EDUCAUSE leadership programs help enhance your success as a current or future IT manager and leader.

MOR Leaders Program (formerly ITLP) For individuals who will play increasingly important management and leadership roles within information technology.

People Management: This series and certificate program is for everyone, from aspiring people leaders to seasoned people managers.

UC IT Leadership Academy: Prepares emerging IT leaders from across the UC system to become stronger, more effective leaders and agents of change.

Applied Intelligence Mentorship Program This eight-month virtual program consists of monthly modules or workshops, each addressing a different topic and requiring about twelve hours of commitment.

Cyber Leadership Program offers advanced leadership and collaboration training for UC leaders in security, privacy, legal, audit, law enforcement, risk, compliance, or public safety.

IT Leadership Program Provides the leadership skills so participants are prepared to advance in their careers and to support change within the UC technology arena.

Technical Courses: 


Entry-level cybersecurity training opportunities:

Google Cybersecurity Certificate - Entry-level, no previous cybersecurity experience needed. Courses are low cost through Coursera, and completing the certificate program will prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ exam.

ICS2 Certified in Cybersecurity - New certification program for IT professionals looking to transition into cybersecurity. Currently offering free online self-paced training and exams, certification prep courses are also available through the UC Berkeley LinkedIn Learning subscription.

The Information Security Office also curates a list of cybersecurity conferences and other professional development opportunities: Cybersecurity professional development resources

Project Management 

Workshops, courses, and certificate programs to enhance or increase project management skills from beginner to pro.

UC Berkeley Extension Courses 

UC Extension offers Information Technology courses and curricula designed to teach theory and practical skills to enable you to change careers or advance in your current position. Classes are offered in the classroom and in multiple online formats to meet the needs of working professionals.

Take advantage of the UC Berkeley Sponsored Tuition for Staff to help cover the costs of UC Extension courses!