The Center for Workplace Development (CWD) provides a wide variety of courses aimed at helping you build practical skills that can help you in your current role and support your long-term career development.
Open to all benefits-eligible employees, most programs are held at the Center for Workplace Development located at 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Third Floor, Cambridge, MA. Some courses are also offered on the Harvard Longwood Campus.
Registering for Courses
The hub for university-wide compliance and professional development training, the Harvard Training Portal is where you’ll find course details—including locations, dates, and requirements—and register for courses, using your HarvardKey.
Before registering, be sure to consult with your manager, as some courses require a fee. Once registered, you’ll receive emails confirming your enrollment or wait-list status and reminding you about your class start date.
Canceling your Registration
To avoid a cancellation fee, you must cancel at least three days prior to the course start date. For example, you must cancel by Monday for a class on Friday to avoid the cancellation fee. To cancel your registration, simply locate the course on your “ME” page in the Harvard Training Portal. Next to the course name, select “Drop” from the “Actions” drop-down list. Please note that you cannot use the portal to drop a class after the three-day deadline; instead, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registering While on Leave
If you are on a leave of absence and unable to enroll in a course, but anticipate returning from leave in time to attend (and being able to complete any pre-work in advance), please contact email@example.com for assistance in registering. If you want to enroll in a course that takes place while you are on leave, please contact your local HR officer or Leave Specialist. Please note that some types of leave preclude an employee from attending CWD classes.
Requesting Accessibility Accommodations
If you would like to request accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-495-4895 prior to your course date.
More Ways to Learn
In addition to courses, the CWD offers a range of professional development programs, including the Bridge program, the leadership development program, career development support and classes, free online tutorials from LinkedIn Learning, and free, on-demand skill building resources from Harvard ManageMentor (HarvardKey required). Harvard HR also offers courses on mindfulness and retirement planning, which can be found on the Harvard Training Portal.
Note on Training Time for HUCTW Members
If you are a member of HUCTW, your requests for time away from regular work duties to participate in professional development may not be unreasonably denied. Employees who participate in job-related or development-oriented training programs during work hours should be paid for those hours, and should not be required to make up those hours at another time. [HUCTW Agreement, p.13]