Professional Programs and Training (PPAT)

Eastern Michigan University offers an array of industry-recognized training and certifications, continuing education and certification prep to help employees of regional businesses and beyond for developing their skills and knowledge. The Professional Programs and Training (PPAT) team offers practical, process-based instruction in multiple industries for professionals. Some examples are health and safety, quality, human resources, social work and education. In addition to the instruction, PPAT offers a complete one-stop process for some of our programs through the Testing and Certification Center. Here professionals can take industry recognized certification exams in a secure and controlled testing environment. By combining all of these elements, PPAT offers high quality noncredit continuing education courses and certifications for professional development and career growth.

What We Can Do

Since becoming an OSHA Training Institute Education Center in 1995, Professional Programs and Training has served Region V as the only OSHA training site in the state of Michigan. We provide on-site training and technical assistance, consultation, evaluation and compliance reviews in more than 35 different health and safety areas.

Human resources professionals can obtain the training needed to help pass certification tests or gain re-certification credits from one of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) top 20 recertification providers and oldest partners.

If continuing education credits (CEU’s) are required to maintain certifications or licenses, we have it covered. Focusing on social work, education (SCECH), OSHA, SHRM and more, we partner with EMU colleges, faculty and industry professionals to develop and provide high quality noncredit continuing education courses that meet state and federal guidelines.

EMU’s Testing and Certification Center meets specific space, privacy and security specifications for delivering certification exams. Partnering with Pearson VUE, a global leader in computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams in health care, finance, information technology, academic and other markets, we are positioning ourselves to be a one-stop provider for professional development.

Our Track Record

We've trained over 100,000 workers in more than 500 facilities with over 130 years of combined experience through the Great Lakes Regional OSHA Training Institute Education Center. Since launching in Fall 2016, the Testing and Certification Center has provided entry-level information technology certification exams for Michigan Works clients. We continually work with our business and industry partners to identify testing certifications that best meet client needs.

Need More Information?

If you have questions or need more information, please submit the form below. The EMU Business Link team will review your request and provide the best resource to assist you.

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Health and Safety, Nonprofit Leadership, Polymers and Coatings, Quality and Continuous Improvement and Test Prep

Beth Stoner


Eastern Scholars, Human Resources and K-12 Camp Programs

Jaclyn Hassenzahl


Education, SCECH and Social Work

Elena O'Connor


Testing and Certification Center

Jack Bidlack



For all other inquiries, contact or call 800.932.8689.

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