Resources for All UR Staff

SPCS is pleased to offer professional development and lifelong learning opportunities and courses for University staff. We encourage you to take advantage of your tuition remission benefit and try something new!

CompTIA Certification Exam and CertMaster Discount

The University of Richmond is a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner. Our partnership enables us to offer preferred academic pricing on CompTIA certification exams and CertMaster.

  • To purchase a discounted exam voucher or CertMaster at the preferred academic pricing, visit the CompTIA Academic Marketplace at and use your email address to create an account (My Account > New Customers).
  • Alumni who have not yet activated their email address should visit the Alumni SSO Credential Service at to set up their email address.
  • This discount is available to current UR students, faculty, and staff along with alumni. To take advantage of this discount, you must use your email address.

rvatech/ Partnership Summary

Through the efforts of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the University of Richmond is now a Chairman Partner of rvatech/, the Richmond Technology Council. Our partnership offers free access to networking events and early bird pricing to signature conferences and programs for all University faculty, staff and students.

Benefits for Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Early bird pricing for all employees and students to signature conferences and programs
  • Access to policy and government relations events as well as participation in the development of rvatech's annual legislative agenda
  • Ability to volunteer for committee and/or Board engagement
  • Free access for all employees and students to networking events

Utilizing Member Benefits is Simple

  • To register for a networking event (including legislative luncheons and breakfasts), University of Richmond staff, faculty and students simply use your UR email when registering online for an event.
  • To take advantage of Early Bird pricing to register for a conference, University of Richmond staff, faculty and students simply use your UR email when you register online and enter the discount code for the event, which SPCS will shared via SpiderBytes.
  • We encourage faculty, staff and students with an interest to explore volunteer opportunities for rvatech/ committees or the Board of Directors.

Note: Some events may require registrants to reach out to an rvatech/ staff member to receive the free partner registration benefit. If so, you’ll see a note on the registration page, and an rvatech/ staff member will have to register you for the event or provide you with a discount code.

Tuition Remission

Human Resources offers generous tuition remission opportunities for full-time staff employees. Review the University’s Tuition Remission Policy.

Benefits apply to staff members, their spouses and dependent children. These benefits can be applied to lifelong learning and professional development courses from the Think Again catalog as well as for academic courses in our degree programs.

Online Registration using Tuition Remission

Faculty and staff new to the University will need to set up their accounts in our online registration portal. The account creation page provides an illustrated guide to setting up accounts in order to use the registration system to apply and track tuition remission benefit use. All newly hired personnel are entered into the system; this page helps set up an online profile that’s tied to already-entered details.

Professional Development

SPCS offers a wide range of professional development opportunities that may be incorporated into staff members’ performance feedback and development plans.


  • We offer many professional programs that can be earned by taking one or just a few courses. Among the programs available are online teaching, beer brewer professional and geographical information systems (GIS).
  • We offer certificates in nonprofit marketing, board development, grant writing and fundraising through the School’s Institute on Philanthropy.
  • We offer interior decorating certificates through our Interior Decorating program.
  • We offer course work toward Certified Financial Planner™ certification.

SPCS also offers online courses through educational partners that will enrich or enhance existing skills.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is an important component of workplace health and wellness. In addition to the Weinstein Center’s free fitness programming for Weinstein Center members, SPCS is pleased to offer leisure courses in categories like Personal Finance and Personal Wellness.

We also offer college and career preparation programs, including SAT and PSAT Prep courses, especially during the summer.

And if you’re looking to learn something new just for the fun of it, consider a language or cultural studies class or explore a new art form.

In partnership with the Institute of Reading Development (IRD), IRD provides University faculty, staff, partners and dependents discounted tuition on reading development classes during the summer.

Academic Programs

SPCS offers undergraduate degrees in Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Liberal Arts and Paralegal Studies. We also offer undergraduate certificates* in Information Systems and Paralegal Studies.

At the graduate level, we offer degrees in Education, Human Resource Management, Liberal Arts and Nonprofit Studies. We offer graduate certificates in Education, Human Resource Management and Nonprofit Studies.

For professional development or personal enrichment, staff members may also enroll as non-degree seeking students in individual undergraduate or graduate classes** that have no prerequisites.

For more information about applying, visit our Admissions pages.

* Undergraduate certificates require an earned bachelor’s degree.

** Non-degree seeking graduate students must provide evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree.