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Welcome to the ACS Center for Professional Development


Looking for ways to advance in your current position or expand your role at ACS? Do you need to develop some specific skills so you can become more effective and marketable?

The ACS Center for Professional Development (CPD) is your place to find tools and resources to improve your performance on the job and increase your value to current and future employers.


The Center offers access to:


  • Online and in-person leadership courses
  • Project management courses from UMUC
  • Continuing education courses in chemistry
  • And other resources to help you build key skills to advance your career.

Begin here to explore a rich variety of online courses and in-person workshops designed specifically for scientific professionals. Start building your capabilities in leadership, communication, innovation, coaching, business writing, and many other areas that are the critical stepping stones to career success.



  • Leadership Courses
  • Technical Courses
  • UMUC Project Management Courses


The Leadership Development System is a comprehensive leadership curriculum that provides you with practical courses to advance your career, help you to be more effective in your position, and equip you with tools to more effectively lead ACS volunteer initiatives. A grid is available to help you plan which courses fit into the your Leadership Development Track. Learn More..

The American Chemical Society offers a variety of resources for professional chemists to continue with their education. One of the most popular programs we offer is our series of short courses designed to help chemical scientists and technicians keep current in today's competitive marketplace. Attendees find the content of these courses contain a wealth of material that is immediately applicable to their work. Learn More..


Increase your marketability with core project management skills from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). UMUC is an approved project management training provider by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The graduate and undergraduate programs provide a practical foundation in project management and hands-on experience using various project management tools and techniques. ACS members will receive a 25% tuition discount, and can apply for an interest-free loan. Find out more..



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