The Management Development Center of the University of Phoenix will offer six professional-level certificate programs intended to help working adults keep abreast of business trends.

Management development center coordinator Paul Nauta said the programs are aimed at working adults who want to improve their worth to present or future employers.The courses are available to groups of employees from a single company under special arrangements.

The six programs include:

- Total quality management: for professionals in manufacturing and service industries who recognize importance of quality in competition. Using current information, students actively plan strategies and apply management concepts in the quality management field.

- Government contract management: enables students to become accustomed to the principal considerations of federal government contracting. The program also helps students prepare for the Certified Professional Contracts Manager Examination.

- Materials management: provides the most current information available in the materials management field, including such philosophies as Just-in-Time and Manufacturing Resource Planning.

- Conflict resolution management: focuses on mediation, arbitration, negotiation and fact finding to educate and improve individual capabilities in conflict resolution.

- World Class Manufacturing: prepares individuals and companies to survive in a global economy by maintaining technological leadership, focusing on quality, making the company a great work place and becoming a world-class manufacturer by providing customers with outstanding value at a competitive price.

- Total Quality Service: adapts many of the quality manufacturing topics to the rapidly growing service industries such as health care, insurance and financial services.

Participants must have two years of full-time experience. The courses are taught by faculty who are full-time practitioners and experts in the fields being addressed.

Students can acquire one certificate by attending class one night a week for six weeks at either the main campus in Salt Lake or at learning centers in Ogden or Provo. All six certificates can be earned in 42 weeks.

Three college credits are earned per course. Class size is usually 15, but no larger than 25 students.

For more information, call 263-1444 or 1 (800) 224-2844.