Business & Career Training

This area of Continuing and Professional Education offers a comprehensive assortment of classes and certificate programs to enhance or begin your career. We offer certificate programs specially designed to help you move into a new career.

Career Training

1. Clean Energy Technology Training and Energy Efficiency

The college has expanded offerings in the fast-growing clean energy area with solar photovoltaics (PV) courses geared toward training installers and contractors, technical sales specialists, and engineers focused on solar electric systems design.

New offerings include Building Analyst Training and Building Envelope certification courses through the Building Performance Institute; as well as Fundamentals of Lighting Efficiency, Radiant Architecture, Biofuels and Biomass Energy Systems. Find courses now.

 2. Medical and Counseling

Training can be found for employment opportunities in medical and healthcare fields. We offer certificate programs in EKG Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Claims Administrator and online Medical Billing and Medical Coding. Find courses now.


SUNY Ulster is an approved training provider by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Academy (OASAS). This non-credit program trains students to work as counselors with alcoholics and other chemically dependent people. These training courses can also enhance the skills of human services professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, and school counselors. This course is approved for The Training of Veterans. Find courses now. 

 3. Notary Public Workshop

This class, endorsed by the American Society of Notaries, prepares students to pass the New York State notary exam and provides a comprehensive view of the notary public office. Confusing laws, concepts, and procedures are explained in plain English. Learn about the day to- day issues one would face in serving as a notary, avoid conflicts of interest, maintain professional ethics, charge proper fees, and know when to defer to an attorney. Find out how to handle special situations, minimize legal liability, and much more.

4. Home Inspection

Learn how to become a home inspector! This course covers it all! Learn how to either open your own home inspection company or to acquire the skills and training necessary to join an established company. This course covers structures/basements, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, as well as how to run your own business. This course is taught per the ASHI, NAHI, and CREIA standards. Some off-site inspections will be included in this course. All textbooks and materials are included! Approved for the Training of Veterans. Course is taught by the American Home Inspectors Training Institute. For more information and to register, call The American Home Inspectors Training Institute at 1-800-441-9411 or visit online at

 5. Bookkeeping

This online course for professional bookkeepers leads to national certification with the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). The AIPB certification is a high professional standard and the only national standard for bookkeepers. Becoming a Certified Bookkeeper (CB) can increase earning potential, enhance professional status, and offer a decisive edge in any job market. This course was created by the AIPB to prepare experienced bookkeepers for the certification exam at any Prometric Test Center. Certified Bookkeepers (CB's) are to bookkeeping what CPA's are to accounting: the elite of the profession.

 6. Personal Trainer

The Introduction to Personal Trainer is an introductory course designed for those interested in learning the fundamentals of fitness. Find more information.

SPECIAL NOTE: The certification is eligible for Veteran's Educational Benefits in many states. Interested applicants should check with the college listed or Veteran's Administration offices for additional information.

Development Center for Business

The Development Center for Business (DCB) offers a comprehensive line up of classes and certificate programs to enhance your career. It also provides customized employee trainee programs for area employers. Learn more. 

Small Business Development Center

SBDC serves Ulster, Sullivan, Orange, Greene, Delaware, and Dutchess counties. The Center is a joint venture between the Small Business Administration and SUNY. Its primary goal is to provide no-cost, one-to-one counseling, training, and researching services to small businesses to assist in their start-up, expansion, or turnaround. Call SBDC at 845-339-0025. The Center is open 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday and is headquartered at the Business Resource Center (BRC) located on Development Court off Ulster Avenue, Kingston.  


Forty Nine Years of Volunteer Mentoring

SCORE MENTORS to America's Small Businesses is located at the Business Resource Center. This award winning local chapter is sponsored by SUNY Ulster and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. SCORE brings volunteer business people with managerial and technical expertise together with owners and managers of small businesses. Pre-business counseling is an important part of the free service. The service is person-to-person and completely confidential. To apply for counseling or an appointment, log onto our website or call 845-339-0468.