FAQ’S & Policies
Directions to the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing & Professional Education:
Directions to the Rankin Arts Center:
Continuing & Professional Education does not have a physical address; however, our building is located at the corner of “College Drive and East Lindsay Drive, Columbus, GA”. Enter this location into an online map site or GPS for directions. Contact us for additional information. 706.507.8070
When should I register for classes?
Students are encouraged to register for classes as early as possible, as some classes may fill up very quickly. Classes lacking a sufficient number of registrations are canceled three business days prior to the class start date, but not less than 48 hours prior to the start date. Classes that are filled to capacity have waiting lists. Add your name to the waiting list and we will contact you should a seat open in the class. Continuing & Professional Education’s policy is that an adult over 21 must register minor students.
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What are your hours of operation?
Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM until 5 PM.
Can I register for a class after the class has started?
Most classes will allow for late registration. Please call 706.507.8070 and speak to a registration specialist to see if the class you are interested in will accept late registrations. Classes are not pro-rated for late registration, so payment in full for the class would still be required.
Do you offer financial aid?
Continuing & Professional Education classes are non-credit/non-academic classes, so they are not eligible for financial aid through the university. Many Continuing & Professional Education certificate courses are approved for funding by the Department of Veterans Service and various military/military spouse aid programs. Check with your Veterans Affairs Representative or other military representative to see if you are eligible. For information about eligibility for specific certification courses, call 706.507.8070.
Do you offer payment plans for Continuing and Professional Education classes?
Continuing & Professional Education offers payment plans for select Professional Development courses. Eligible courses are taught in-house with a tuition fee of $300 or more. Online courses or courses offered via third-party educational partners do not qualify for this payment plan option. Some third-party programs may be eligible for financial assistance offered through the educational partner.
The Continuing & Professional Education payment plan offers the option of paying tuition in three installments. 50% of the tuition is due at the time of registration. The remaining 50% is divided into two equal payments: with 25% due on or before the first day of class and the final 25% payment due by the mid-point of the class. In order to utilize the Continuing & Professional Education payment plan option, you must register for the desired course(s) in person and complete a Payment Plan Agreement. For more information or to inquire about the eligibility of specific classes, please call 706.507.8070.
You may call or write to us to request to be withdrawn from a class. If you must withdraw from a course, please notify us by 5 PM at least 3 business days before your course begins.
A full refund minus a $15 processing fee will be issued. You may also choose to receive a credit voucher for the full course amount in lieu of a refund. In this case, the processing fee will be waived. If you withdraw after the 3-day deadline, but before the class begins, you will receive a 50% refund or credit voucher.
No refunds can be given after a class begins. In the event of class cancellation or changes of times and dates, we will attempt to notify you at least 2 business days before the course begins. If you cannot attend the course due to these changes, you will receive a credit voucher, which is valid for 18 months from the date of issue.
Continuing & Professional Education does its best to notify students of weather related cancellations in a timely manner; however, due to unforeseen circumstances we are not always able to contact all students. We reschedule classes that are canceled due to weather conditions. Please listen to local radio and TV news stations for information about closings. We are not able to issue refunds for classes canceled due to weather.
What are CEUs?
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized measurement of non-credit coursework. One CEU (1.0) may be awarded for each ten hours of participation in an approved program. For selected programs, we keep a permanent record of participation, issue a certificate to acknowledge successful completion of the program, and provide official transcripts to you and your employer. All requests for transcripts must be in writing.
In accordance with Board of Regents policy (Policy Manual 9.1.7) and the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 (Title 31 Chapter 12A), the use of any tobacco products or smoking of any kind (including e-cigarettes and vaping pens) on all University System of Georgia (USG) campuses is prohibited.
What is the Continuing and Professional Education classroom policy?
Continuing & Professional Education welcomes students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to attend classes. We reserve the right to change class locations, schedules, fees, and instructors when necessary. No audio or video tape recording is permitted during classes without obtaining prior permission from the instructor. Our classrooms can sometimes be too warm or cool, so we recommend that you dress in layers or bring a light jacket with you to class to ensure your comfort. CSU Continuing & Professional Education is pleased to welcome and admit students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all classes.
Course descriptions will state “Materials required” if students need to obtain additional supplies for the course. If no additional materials are required (or if materials are provided for you), you may want to bring paper and a pencil to take notes. View supply lists https://continuinged.columbusstate.edu/required-course-supplies/
Course descriptions will state “Textbook(s) required” if students will need to obtain books for the course. Instructors may require additional reading outside the classroom via websites or other free sources. View book lists (https://continuinged.columbusstate.edu/required-text-books/)
How can I obtain my transcript?
Transcripts are available to students online at ColumbusState.edu/CE. Transcripts are updated within 5 business days after class completion. To pull your transcript, log into your account by entering your username and password. Select “Go to My Dashboard”, then select “My Transcript”. You will find all classes that you have completed listed, as well as the number of hours completed and CEU credits that have been awarded. For transcripts for classes taken before 2009, please call for more information. If you have difficulties getting into your account, or find any information on the transcript that appears to be incorrect, please contact us at 706.507.8070. We are happy to assist you.