Continuing Education Professional Development and Certification Classes

Take your career to the next level, or add something new to your skill set. A wide variety of professional development classes, preparation for licensing exams, and required continuing education for your industry or occupation are available. Includes computer-related classes (Adobe, Word, Excel, Quickbooks, etc.).

We also offer partnerships to help you deliver educational conferences and workshops.

Courses that include a hands-on item or some provided materials are marked with a Cougar Kit icon (in honor of Grit, Mid-State’s Cougar mascot). When you see the Cougar Paw Icon, this indicates that a Continuing Education Cougar Kit is available for the class. Arrangements will be made for curbside pickup of your Cougar Kit, or we may be able to send it by mail.



Chainsaw Use & Safety SAWW Program

The Safety and Woods Worker (SAWW) Training Program provides professional and recreational sawyers with highly effective, hands-on training programs delivered by certified safety trainers. SAWW Training is an umbrella organization that promotes safe and efficient chainsaw use, both professionally and recreationally, and oversees the development of training curriculums and the training of trainers. SAWW Certified Trainers are experts in their field. They are required to have extensive sawing experience, to participate in a rigorous certification process, and to refresh their skills in an annual training course. Certified trainers stay current in regulation changes and in safety and utilization techniques.

Clothing requirements:

  • Long pants (no shorts allowed), blue jeans or other cotton, durable fabric slacks are preferred AND chainsaw chaps that go from the hip to the top of the boot OR chainsaw protective trousers.
  • Closed-toed, leather safety boots, preferably cut-resistant, minimum 8” high.
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirts (preferred).
  • Reflective vest or shirt.
  • Long hair must be pulled back.
  • Chainsaw-resistant work gloves, ideally leather with ballistic nylon or Kevlar reinforcement.
  • Safety glasses with side shields or safety goggles approved to standard ANZI/ISEA Z87.1-2020.
  • Hard hat/helmet, ideally with integrated visor and hearing protection OR hard hat and earplugs.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own saw, which may be used after a safety check.
  • Please dress for the weather. (Classes are held rain or shine, and are generally only cancelled due to extreme cold, high winds, lightning, or very heavy rain/snow.)

Chainsaw Use & Safety Level 1

Overview of the SAWW Training Program. In this course you will learn about OSHA regulations and requirements. Sessions will cover body mechanics, personal protective equipment and its importance; necessary tools; saws; tree felling; and limbing, bucking, and topping. You will learn about chainsaws, including the types that are available, how to inspect a saw for damage, understanding the cutter and how it works, reactive forces, the bore cut, the face notch, and the hinge. You will leave this class with safety knowledge and the confidence to use a saw properly. Box lunch will be provided.

Saturday, November 6
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 66932 • Course Fee: $135
Instructor: Nathan Stanford

Saturday, February 19
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Marshfield Campus
Class #: 24408 • Course Fee: $135
Instructor: Nathan Stanford

Chainsaw Use & Safety Level 2

This course will begin with a review of the level 1 course then offer discussion and practice on chainsaw maintenance to achieve maximum performance, hands-on filing, carburetor adjustment, limbing techniques, precision felling assessment, and precision at the stump, including notching, hinge, species differences, and terrain. Class will include felling practice. Prerequisite: SAWW Training Level 1.  Box lunch will be provided.  

Saturday, March 19
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 24435 • Course Fee: $135
Instructor: Nathan Stanford

Chainsaw Use & Safety Level 3

This level 3 course begins with a review of the concepts addressed in levels 1 and 2.  It will then focus on difficult trees. Topics covered will include planning for the felling of difficult trees, including tree-specific issues, identifying hazards, and planning escape routes. We will also discuss the processing of cut trees. You will learn about segment calculation, height determination, and considering the lean of a tree. Participants will execute these steps on at least one tree. Prerequisites: SAWW Training Levels 1 and 2.  Box lunch will be provided.

Sunday, May 1
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 24436 • Course Fee: $135
Instructor: Nathan Stanford
Chainsaw Use & Safety Level 4
This course begins with a review of levels 1, 2, and 3. It will include trainer execution of any procedures and techniques as requested by participants as well as discussion of limb lock, top lock, tongue, and groove. A majority of the time will be dedicated to practice implementing techniques on less difficult and difficult trees. Prerequisites: SAWW Training Levels 1, 2, and 3.  Box lunch will be provided.

Saturday, May 14
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus
Class #: 24410 • Course Fee: $125
Instructor: Nathan Stanford

Your instructor for these sessions is Nathan Stanford of Forest Safety Instruction. Nathan has extensive training in industrial safety management and served a 10-year apprenticeship with Ken Lallemont, a lead safety trainer with national logging training organization Safety and Woods Workers or SAWW. Nathan is a US Forest Service “C” certified evaluator since 2010 and recertifies his status every three years. He has attended storm damage training with both FISTA and the State of Missouri. Nathan works with many colleges and universities, as well as providing opportunities for municipal and government organizations, firefighters, landowners and more. He has served as the chainsaw safety trainer for the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo and has also provided chainsaw safety classes through Samsel Sawmill in Hancock since 2005. Nathan is sponsored by Husqvarna Forestry and Oregon Chain.  

Criminal Justice Instructor Development Course

First half of the prerequisite course for anyone wishing to become certified as a WI DOJ Training and Standards-level instructor. This course prepares criminal justice instructor candidates to create effective environments to support learners. Competencies include planning and managing learning, training and evaluation methods, and delivering teaching scenarios. This curriculum is endorsed by the Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB) and required of instructors seeking LESB certification. Corequisite: Criminal Justice Development Course – Part 2.

Monday – Thursday, November 29 - December 2
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Stevens Point Campus
Class #: 65396/65397 • Course Fee: $250
Instructor: James Schuessler


Professional Skills for the Modern Workplace

As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, central Wisconsin employers once again face a shortage of skilled workers. This course will provide your employees with the opportunity to improve their interpersonal interactions, accountability, and professionalism in the workplace. Professional Skills for the Modern Workplace This course has been crafted to cover the 10 most requested trainings in soft skills over 10 weeks. With this course, participants will recognize the value of personal accountability and professionalism needed to succeed at any level of the organization. This course will cover:

  • Module 1 – Communicating Clearly
  • Module 2 – Effective Listening
  • Module 3 – Emotional Intelligence
  • Module 4 – Demonstrating a Positive Attitude
  • Module 5 – Conflict Management
  • Module 6 – Customer Service: Handling Difficult Customers
  • Module 7 – Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
  • Module 8 – Adapting to Change
  • Module 9 – Time Management
  • Module 10 – Teamwork & Integrity

Dates and Times
This course is being offered “live online” through Mid-State’s Blackboard learning management system. Participants will need to attend class at the designated time by logging in with a computer, tablet, or phone. (Camera and microphone access will be required.)

January 20 - March 24
Thursdays, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Class #: 24767 • Course fee $395
Includes instruction and course materials.

To register: contact Mid-State Workforce Solutions • 715.442.536

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