Leadership Certificate

The Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) is a leadership development program for any Illinois student.

This program is designed to provide you with a customized experience for developing leadership competencies from the Illinois Model of Leadership through leadership education and training, co-curricular involvement, and self-reflection.


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The program culminates with the creation of an ePortfolio that documents your growth as a leader. The LCP is designed for you to be able to complete in two semesters.



How do I earn the Leadership Certificate?

Submit a Personal Development Plan (PDP) any time before the deadline and have it approved by the ILC

  • Fall semester submission deadline = November 15th
  • Spring semester submission deadline = April 15th

Complete one course connected to leadership

  • May count if completed prior to enrolling in the program

Participate in two Illinois Leadership Center i-Programs

  • May count one if completed prior to enrolling in the program                       

Participate in one co-curricular team experience

  • May include research groups, registered student organizations, part-time or full-time work, athletic teams, study abroad, service-learning, etc.
  • The team experience should last at least one full semester, and students should be actively participating in the experience while they are enrolled in the program
  • Students do not need to hold a leadership position within the group in order to count it toward this requirement                    

Participate in four one-hour Illinois Leadership Center workshops on leadership-related topics

  • ​Must complete the ILC workshops while enrolled in the program

Create an ePortfolio and submit all completion requirements by the deadline

  • Fall semester completion deadline = November 1st
  • Spring semester completion deadline = April 1st


For more details about these requirements and watch a video overview, please visit our Participant Resources page: http://leadership.illinois.edu/certificate-participants-resources  


Students who have completed all of the program requirements will be invited to participate in the Leadership Certificate Completion Ceremony.




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Have questions the website does not answer? Email leadershipcertificate@illinois.edu!