Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I register?

Students may register online, in person or by mail. To register online, visit a program page and follow the prompts provided there. Contact us if you need help registering! 

To register in person, please visit: 
Suite 200
1551 Broadway, Tacoma
(NOTE: Please use Commerce Street address below as a mailing address.)

To register by mail:
Download and fill out a registration form. Then mail it to:
University of Washington Tacoma
Professional Development Center 
1900 Commerce Street, Campus Box 385443
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

How can I stay up to date regarding your programs?

You can sign up for our newsletter right here. We email about weekly.

Can I enroll in a single course and not a whole certificate?

Yes! Most of our programs offer open enrollment in individual courses. If you want to enroll one course at a time, take a standalone course, or pursue the entire certificate, we are here to support your path to learning.

How much do your programs cost?

Fees and tuition are not the same for every program; specific program prices are posted on their respective webpages. The university’s tuition exemption policies for staff, state employees and other qualified individuals do not apply to non-credit PDC programs.

How do I pay for my program?

You can pay online at the time of registration, as well as via check or money order made out to UW Tacoma, credit card or third-party provider document.

What is a CEU?

A CEU is a Continuing Education Unit. It is a unit of credit equal to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals. (1 hour of class = .1 CEU)

Will I need to purchase textbooks?

Most classes require textbooks and assessment tools; these are listed on the program page on the website. Textbooks ARE NOT available in the UW Bookstore and must be purchased ONLINE through your choice of commercial vendors.  This will save you time as they will deliver to your home and money as often commercial vendors offer discounts.  Some vendors offer book rentals for textbooks that apply if you decide to keep the book.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Give us a call at 253-692-4618, e-mail us at or stop by our office at 1551 Broadway, Tacoma. Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.