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The Computer Education & Training Center is located in the West County Continuing Education Center, 12837 Flushing Meadows Drive, just two blocks from its previous location. The space incorporates the latest classroom innovations with student amenities that foster the learning process: new classrooms designed for effective computer training, updated audiovisual equipment, flexible room layouts, and a centralized student area with laptop stations, a kitchen, and lounge seating.

The Computer Education & Training Center has been providing quality computer education to the St. Louis metro area since 1982. The program offers short-term courses (often one day or two evenings) that allow students to learn business applications, programming languages, web and graphics programs, and much more. Course areas are arranged so that students can enroll in the course appropriate for their experience level and educational goals.

These courses have no tests; they provide hands-on practice through instructor-led examples and in-class exercises. Instructors are highly skilled in both the subject matter and in their ability to clearly communicate the technical concepts covered in the courses. The course materials are developed by instructors or curriculum developers and updated regularly, reflecting input from students as well as software changes.

Courses are offered at both the J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UMSL campus and at the West County Continuing Education Center, conveniently located near I-270 and Manchester Road. The new West County Continuing Education Center opened the summer of 2009 and provides an exceptional learning environment with spacious classrooms, and resources and services for students and corporate customers.

In addition to scheduling courses open to the entire community, the program also works with organizations and businesses to create custom courses tailored to their specific needs. The Computer Education & Training Center staff use their experience and expertise to create a unique course that meets the exact requirements of the organization.

Over its lifetime, the Computer Education & Training Center has scheduled more than 24,000 courses, enrolling over 320,000 students. Due to its commitment to quality and customer service, the program has built a reputation for providing excellence in computer education in the St. Louis area.

For more information, including the current course schedule, visit our Web site at cetc.umsl.edu.


At the Computer Education & Training Center, we offer a diverse set of intensive computer education courses. More than 170 unique courses are offered in topics such as: computer basics, business applications, database management, desktop publishing, graphics, internet/intranet technologies, web page design, workgroup collaboration, project management, network management, operating systems and programming languages.

Our intensive courses are arranged in series—introductory, intermediate, and advanced—to allow students to enroll in courses at the level best suited to their existing skills and future goals. Courses are condensed into one- or two-day sessions, and are offered both during the day and in the evening.

Quality and consistency are priorities of the Computer Education & Training Center. Students who enroll in an introductory course in a particular application can be assured that the intermediate and advanced courses that follow will build on the same curriculum foundation that they received in the introductory course, even if course instructors are different, because all instructors use the same curriculum materials. These courses are not "canned," but rather are created and refined by instructors based on feedback from students and real-world experience. Courses are updated frequently, and new courses are added regularly.

Our in-depth courses use hands-on practice to reinforce theoretical understanding. Students perform activities along with the instructor and practice their new skills independently through in-class exercises. When they leave the classroom, our students are ready to perform practical applications of the course material they have just learned.

For current course schedule, visit the CETC Catalog.

Ready to enroll? Call Ellen Asher at (314) 984-9000 or e-mail enroll@cetc.umsl.edu.

Need more information about which course is right for you?
Call our student adviser Paul Westermann at (314) 984-9000 or e-mail info@cetc.umsl.edu

For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.cetc.umsl.edu.

Certificate Programs

The Computer Education & Training Center offers Chancellor’s Certificates to provide you with the technical knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to increase your value to your organization and to enhance your professional development. You can earn credentials for proof of a concentrated study, explore a career or career change, or update and strengthen your current computing knowledge and skills.

As an employee, earning one of our specialized certificates can show employers your desire to enhance job skills and productivity. You learn the specific computer skills you need and earn a Chancellor’s certificate to show your achievements. A specialized certificate can also be your reward for pursuing a challenging area of computer study.

As an employer, you need to depend on the quality of your staff’s computer training. We have established standards, including time limits and course requirements, to ensure the certificates your employees earn are current, meaningful, and valuable to your organization.

Certificate Requirements

All classes must be completed through the University of Missouri-St. Louis Computer Education & Training Center within 24 months of submitting the application. If you have completed one or more of these classes through the Computer Education & Training Center in the 24 months prior to completing your application, they may be applied to this certificate. Granting approval for these classes depends on verification of satisfactory completion of each class.

General Information

  • Only the courses listed here will be accepted toward this certificate.
  • You are required to complete any prerequisites listed for certificate classes. These classes will not count toward the hours required to complete the certificate. Be sure to check the course descriptions in the Computer Education & Training Center catalog or on the Web at www.cetc.umsl.edu for prerequisites.
  • A class can be applied to only one specialized certificate.
  • You do not have to be enrolled in the Certificate program to take these classes.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; submitting your application or paying the fee does not guarantee a seat in any class. Please plan to register early.
  • You will receive CEUs for successful completion of each certificate class and will earn at least 3.6 CEUs when you complete this certificate. The hours you complete in these classes will also be applied toward the 96-hour Chancellor’s Certificate on the Computer.
  • Due to the rapid and ongoing changes that occur in software development, the Computer Education & Training Center cannot guarantee which versions or which software will be offered. Classes are reviewed periodically; new classes may be added and others may be dropped. Be sure to check the current Computer Education & Training Center catalog or our Web site for the most current course listings.

How to Enroll and Obtain Your Certificate

Complete the application form and return it with your $25 nonrefundable fee to the address indicated. This fee covers processing, recordkeeping, and certificate costs. After the application form and fee are processed, we will send you a confirmation letter and Notification of Completion form. Use this form to keep track of classes you’re taking toward your certificate. When you complete your last class, return the Notification form by mail or FAX. We will verify successful completion of all requirements and send you your certificate.

For more detailed information on all our certificates, call Paul Westermann at (314) 984-9000, or go to our Web site at www.cetc.umsl.edu for complete certificate descriptions and requirements.

Custom & Group Training

If you have a group that needs training in a specific application or you are looking for a class that targets your needs, consider one of our special training options. Our client list for group and custom training includes small and large companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More recently we have worked with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Graybar Electric, Covidien, City of Maplewood, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Harbour Group, Veterans Administration, Washington University, Illinois National Guard, Southern Illinois University, City of Manchester, and Express Scripts, Inc.

Group Training

If you have a team that needs training on a specific application group training may be your best option. Maybe you are upgrading to a new version of software or your staff needs training in the latest software. Let us help you get more for your training dollars by scheduling a class just for your group at a discounted rate.

Customized Classes

We can customize our classes to meet your organization’s requirements. Customization can range from minor adjustments to an existing class to a new course designed specifically for your organization. We will work with you to determine the topics and course sequence that meet the precise needs of your staff.

Pre-Purchase Discount

Invest your computer training dollars today and receive significant discounts with our prepayment plan.  In addition to providing you with more value for your investment, we will also make it easier for you to manage your registrations. Once your organization or department signs up for this option, employees can register for any course in our catalog.  We will track your use of the program and provide periodic updates on your remaining balance.

Contact Kate Moore at (314) 984-9000 or email kate@cetc.umsl.edu for more information.

For more information, including the current course schedule, visit our Web site at http://www.cetc.umsl.edu