Digital Skills Lab

Preparing for and attaining an Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) validates your technical skills and expertise, grows your career, impresses prospective employers, and helps you stand out from the crowd.

Through UC's Digital Skills Lab, you can earn an Industry Recognized Credential in a wide range of technical fields, from essential digital skill development to mastery of complex cloud environments.

No matter what your academic program, learning digital skills for the future of work will help you progress rapidly in your career.

Browse Our Catalog of Industry Recognized Credentials

Search through a catalog* of more than 100 Industry Recognized Credentials. You can search based on field of study, interests, and keywords.

*Students will need to be granted access to view the catalog. All students who are seeking for an upcoming co-op semester are automatically granted access. If you do not have access and would like to request access, please contact your co-op advisor.

IBM Skills Academy

The University of Cincinnati has partnered with IBM to offer practitioner-level industry recognized credentials in a variety of technology fields. Students do not need to have a technology or computing background to participate in these workshops.

IBM Skills Academy Workshops
Topic Duration Format Skill Level Upcoming Dates
Artificial Intelligence 80 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog
Blockchain 80 Hours
Online Beginner See Catalog
Cybersecurity 80 Hours
Online Beginner See Catalog
Data Science 80 Hours
Online Intermediate See Catalog

iQ4 Virtual Apprenticeship

The Virtual Apprenticeship is open to and free for all University of Cincinnati students, especially UC co-op students desiring to complete the apprenticeship for their EEP experience. The program does not require prior knowledge of information technology. Students who complete the program will receive an Industry Recognized Credential endorsed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The apprenticeship is self-directed with instructors and mentors through online learning and is flexible to accommodate student schedules. Weekly virtual meetings will occur with other students, mentors and instructors.

iQ4 Virtual Apprenticeship
Topic Duration Format Skill Level Upcoming Dates
Dark Side of the Web 120 Hours Online Beginner See Catalog
The Threat Within (Cybersecurity)
120 Hours Online Beginner See Catalog

Adobe Creative Certifications

UC offers online courses for students to become certified in the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Animate.

This experience is open to all UC students and requires some basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; students with little to no experience in Adobe should try LinkedIn Learning first.

Classes meet online and biweekly, with instructor-led tutorials and demonstrations, complemented with weekly interactive critiques of projects that demonstrate application of knowledge.

Adobe Creative Certifications Offerings
Topic Duration Format Skill Level Upcoming Dates
Adobe Illustrator 54 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog
Adobe Photoshop 54 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog
Adobe Animate 54 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog
Adobe InDesign 54 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog
Adobe Premiere Pro 54 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog
Adobe After Effects 54 Hours Online Intermediate See Catalog

Salesforce

In the Salesforce Fundamentals for Business Administration course, you will dive into Salesforce and learn everything you need to get started in Salesforce as a Business User. You will also earn a "Business Administration Specialist" Superbadge which provides evidence that you can "brighten up a new business unit" with multiple Salesforce tools that a team needs to succeed.

Salesforce Fundamentals for Business Administration Course Offering
Topic
Duration Format Skill Level Dates Offered
Business Administration Specialist 40 Hours Online Beginner See Catalog
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Todd J. Foley, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Digital Innovation Initiatives

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