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Competency-Based Professional Development That Gets Recognized®

The Professional Development Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers relevant, industry-driven training for corporations, professionals and students.  Our mission is to design unique, context-based, competency-based professional development programs specific to company needs.  Our training is targeted, in-time, and relevant.  The content designed is customized to use relevant real-world examples. Through engaged learning we strive to increase learner retention through application which results in a more productive workforce.

We offer real-world instruction essential for success in the following areas:

Courses are conveniently scheduled day, evening and weekends.
Two convenient locations (Downtown Cleveland and Westlake) and onsite training is available for corporate training

Services We Can Provide

Our Staff


Toni Paoletta, M.Ed.

Brandie Blankenship, M.Ed
Administrative Coordinator

Ucee Faenza


The Professional Development Center Advantages

Competency-based Professional Development: Competency-based professional development measures learning rather than seat time. Students’ demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

Educated and Experienced Instructors:  Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM and MBA experience.  Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and parking.

Convenient Hours: Flexibly-scheduled courses are an attractive option for busy professionals.

Cost-effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share

Certificate of Completion: A certificate of completion is given to those who attend at least 80% of the course.

Maintain your Credential: We provide CEUs for all of our courses. If PDUs are needed instead of CEUs we can can be provide those as well. Our courses are available for recertification credit in the areas of BELTSS, HRCI, SHRM, CPE, PMI and CLE.Please click on the links below to see what courses are pre-approved for credit. If your area is not listed below, please contact us at 216.687.6957 for a list of courses. 

BELTSS (formerly BENHA) Approved Courses
HRCI Approved Courses
SHRM Approved Courses

Learn More About Competency-Based Education

What is competency-based education?

  • Competency-based professional development measures learning rather than seat time. Students’ demonstrate their competence by successfully completing an assessment that aligns to the learning outcomes.
  • Successful completion of the assessment means they prove that they have mastered the knowledge and skills (called competencies) required for a particular course. A competency includes skills, but also behaviors and the ability to apply those skills in order to perform a job or task.

View Toni Paoletta's 2015 Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association's (OCHEA) Presentation (click on pic):

 Contact information:

Cleveland State University
Monte Ahuja College of Business
1860 E. 18th St., BU 216
Cleveland, OH 44115