Workforce Development

Certificate Programs

DiplomaPlanning for Success  helps you in moving forward in your career with the skills, knowledge, and learning compete successfully for promotional opportunities. 

The Planning for Success certificate program provides employees with an opportunity to obtain, develop, or enhance any or all of the identified essential competencies for each employment level.  

Certificates exist for

Each certificate builds upon the previous one to maximize skill development.  For example, completion of the Supervisor Certificate requires completion of the Foundational Certificate classes and completion of the Manager Certificate requires completion of the  Supervisor Certification classes, but not the Foundational Certificate classes. 

Courses within each certificate series are listed in the order that it is recommended they be taken, although you need not take classes in any particular order except for those which have a prerequisite.

As you build your knowledge skills and abilities, HR-Workforce Development will track the classes you have taken and will notify you when a certificate level has been achieved.

If you need guidance, your manager or HR-Workforce Development can assist you to determine which classes are best for you.

Certificate Class Requirements

Foundational Employee Certificate Requirements

  • DiSCovering Yourself
  • Cultural Intelligence & Inclusion
  • Managing the Human Side of Change
  • Delivering Excellent Customer Service
  • Effective Communication
  • Public Service Values & Ethics
  • Team Dynamics
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Supervisor Certificate Requirements

  • Foundations of Supervision I
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention (AB1825)
  • Hiring High Performing Employees
  • HR Essentials
  • Foundations of Supervision II
  • Performance Management
  • Feedback Essentials
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Manager Certification Requirements

  • Building High Performing Teams
  • Managing Organizational Change
  • Process Improvement
  • Strengths Based Leadership
  • Strategic Planning Overview
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Contact Information

Ric Giardina


Workforce Development

Human Resources

County of Sonoma

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
HR Training Center
575 Administration Drive
Suite 117C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464714, -122.72561

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