Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA)

Join an elite group of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of local animal welfare and control organizations.  Learn more about the CAWA program.


NEW: Certificate in Whole Leader Development


What would your life look like if it were more whole?  This self-paced certificate program includes The WiLD Toolkit, a set of 10 sequential developmental tools and personalized feedback reports that provide a comprehensive and intentional development plan. You will become more purposeful, supported, productive, confident, patient, effective, and creative throughout the process. This not only equips you to lead well, but courageously and sacrificially, for your sake and for the sake of those you lead. 

Two Fundraising Certificate Programs

The Association Fundraising Professional Certificate Program 

Designed for individuals with less than 2 years of professional fundraising experience.

The Association Fundraising Executive Certificate Program 

Designed for individuals with more than 2 years of professional fundraising experience.

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The Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Developed by Integris Performance Advisors, The Certificate in Organizational Leadership is a high impact, self-paced online course designed for leaders throughout the animal welfare industry. By learning and applying the skills and techniques of this program, you will:
  • Be equipped to drive your organization to higher levels of team performance, operational excellence, and employee engagement
  • Become more emotionally intelligent while gaining deep insights into what drives you and those you work with
  • Understand how to make your teams as productive and cohesive as possible
  • Learn how to improve processes and streamline how work gets done
  • Gain insights about the behaviors you must exhibit more frequently to be the most effective leader you can be

Volunteer Engagement Professional (VEP) Program


Effective volunteer programs strengthen organizational sustainability and build capacity. Learn foundational knowledge to ensure a robust volunteer program with the five courses designed for both emerging and experienced nonprofit professionals. The online Volunteer Engagement Professional (VEP) program created in partnership by the Academy of Prosocial Learning and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement provides a comprehensive, contemporary overview of volunteer engagement in several environments, including animal protection. Led by experts working in nonprofit leadership, learners will gain practical skills relevant to today's volunteer programs.

Certificate Programs from MindEdge Learning


MindEdge Learning was founded in 1998 by Harvard and MIT educators, and specializes in online education for professional development. MindEdge offers Certificate Program bundles and course. Courses are typically are 3+ hours each and often carry credits from CFRE, SHRM, PMI, and more. MindEdge courses are approved by The Association for CAWA CE credits. Learn more.

Certificate in Business Communications 
Communicating clearly and concisely in written and oral formats is critical to your professional success. This program will help you create presentations and workplace documents that inform and persuade.

Certificate in Creativity and Innovation
This certificate program will first help you become re-acquainted with your own stores of creativity and innovation. 

Certificate in Cybersecurity
This technical program offers lessons on the critical elements of information security and policy, showing you how to keep your systems and data safe.

Certificate in Data Analytics
This certificate program provides an overview of topics in statistics and their applications in a variety of fields. 

Certificate in Digital Marketing
It's vital to develop a marketing strategy that keeps up with the technology. Courses in this certificate cover the strategic issues, marketing methods and tactics, industry terminology, and best practices.

Certificate in Finance Essentials
This certificate program introduces non-financial managers to the essentials of finance, helping you become conversant in critical financial terminology and how to calculate key financial management indicators.

Certificate in Human Resource Management
This suite of courses will teach you the basics of managing the benefits and policies that support an effective staff. 

Certificate in Leadership
Based on D. Quinn Mills' book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, the courses in this suite offer advice on leadership that can help you stand out as a leader among your peers. 

Certificate in Leadership for Women in Business 
This certificate explores both the social and psychological mechanisms that create challenges that professional women often face. The courses in the certificate introduce leadership, management, communication, work-life balance, networking, negotiation, and body language.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management
This certificate program introduces current management issues for nonprofit organizations such as fundraising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, reading financial statements, leadership, marketing, and setting strategic direction.