CfLI Programs & Resources

Leadership Certificate


The Leadership Certificate program reinforces the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s commitment to developing student leadership capacity through intentional reflection and engagement in learning, both inside and outside the classroom, for the purpose of meaningful change.


Welcome to the University of Wisconsin’s Leadership Certificate Program. Since its creation in 2002, the Leadership Certificate Program has been extremely successful on UW’s campus. This program is designed for student leaders who excel in their leadership roles both inside and outside the classroom. The Certificate marks a formal acknowledgment of student contributions and achievements.

This webpage will help you learn about the requirements as well as the history of the leadership certificate program.

Completing your Leadership Certificate can be a difficult task. However, there are many benefits to the Leadership Certificate Program. To start, there is the personal benefit of taking the time to reflect and celebrate the impact you have made on this campus and the surrounding community. Many recipients note they never would have taken the time to consider the contributions they have made as a leader without the certificate. Additionally, recipients are recognized at the Leadership Certificate ceremony held in both the fall and spring semesters. Recipients will receive a Certificate of completion along with a red and gold honor cord to wear during their commencement ceremony.

The Leadership Certificate Program, along with UW-Madison, is committed to ensuring equal access to all the University’s programs. If you require disability-related accommodations, please share your McBurney issued VISA with the Leadership Certificate program coordinator prior to starting the application process. If you do not have a VISA, please register with the McBurney Center by completing this form or calling: (608) 263-2741.

Want to learn more?

Explore our comprehensive online information packet to learn more about the Leadership Certificate! In addition, the info packet also provides detailed information on the application process, contact information, FAQs, relevant documents, etc. Proceed to info packet.


Come to one of our orientation sessions to learn about the Leadership Certificate and have a chance to ask any questions you might have. All sessions posted below will be held from 6:30-7:30pm in the Masley Media Room on the 1st Floor of the Red Gym. If you require disability-related accommodations, please contact Donna Freitag 7 days prior by emailing or calling: (608) 890-2761.

Online Presentation


There are two application deadlines each academic year.

November 1st (Fall semester)
April 1st (Spring semester)

Submit all required materials to the online application by 11:59 p.m. on or before November 1 or April 1, and your application will be reviewed by our Review Committee.

Advising Appointments

To schedule an appointment with a Leadership Certificate advisor please contact the Center for Leadership & Involvement at or call 608-263-0365.