Professional courses are special courses, offered at many colleges and universities, that put emphasis on professional development. Unlike academic courses, these courses usually do not require prerequisites, sometimes do not offer credits and are specifically oriented toward professionals wanting to enhance skills useful for their specific work environment. For example, West Liberty University offers professional courses in computer use, portfolio development, grant writing and administration. These courses are usually categorized under “Continuing Education” or “Professional Studies” at universities. You are awarded a professional certificate upon completion of a professional course.
These are entirely dependent on the course and what it leads to, some courses are open to anyone, some require A-levels or a degree in a particular subject, and others demand a number of years of on-the-job experience. Many accrediting bodies offer different levels of vocational qualification suitable for school leavers, graduates and experienced professionals. Possessing some relevant work experience or having a demonstrable interest in the subject is often essential, however. If English is not your first language, you will need to prove your language skills. Usually an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or above will be accepted