Learning and professional development

USC provides abundant training resources for employees to further their professional knowledge and skills. Also see USC’s Training Requirements and Opportunities policy.


TrojanLearn is the university’s learning platform, which contains thousands of “learning assets” including courses, books, systems training, videos, certificate programs, curriculum, and more – including the comprehensive catalog of LinkedIn Learning coursework. Logging in is easy – use your USC NetID username and password (also known as “Shibboleth” password – if you need help with that, visit the ITS website). Along with an enormous wealth of resources, you’ll find a personalized transcript where you’ll see any training or courses assigned to you (you can also assign learning to yourself). So log in and look around! Use the search function to look for educational resources on any business-related topic. Help for TrojanLearn is available online or by contacting the HR Service Center.

Trojan Knowledge Expedition

A wonderful way to get started mining the riches of TrojanLearn is through Trojan Knowledge Expedition, a year-long professional development program which offers bite-sized curated curriculum on core learning topics like planning and organizing, integrity, and communication.

Mandated training

Different employees may have different mandated training requirements, but some training is required for all employees.

New hires

You’ll need to complete Harassment Prevention and Campus SaVE Act training, and if you’re hired as a manager, you’ll also need to complete Management Essentials – see our mandated training page for more information. All employees will also want to familiarize themselves with the “Help for employees” page on the Workday Help site, which includes many helpful guides, including how to set up direct deposit

Other learning opportunities

Coaching programs – learn and apply coaching skills to further your career

Faculty development and mentoring

Workday help – including many helpful guides to Workday, USC’s comprehensive HR system

Business Services training – including training for various busines systems

Lab safety

Research workshops and training for investigators

Norris Bioinformatics workshops

Campus Emergency Response Team training (CERT)

Manager Gateway – a toolkit for those who supervise, providing information on hiring, managing people and finances, managing workplace safety and more – to help managers become effective and successful at USC

HR Professional Portal – requires sign-in; site for HR professionals or those who conduct HR-related Workday transactions – ask your manager if you should have access

Formal degree programs – get a degree at USC using your tuition assistance benefit. Many programs are online and cater to working professionals. Here’s just one example:

Remember also that your children or spouse may qualify for free or discounted tuition.

Informal learning – almost every day on campus you can find a free lecture – often at lunchtime (and sometimes offering free lunch!); you can use the Employee Gateway calendar (on the Gateway front page) to keep track of these opportunities

TrojanLearn as a service for departments

USC Learning department staff can help you develop custom training for your school, division or department, which you can host and track on TrojanLearn. Any content you wish to deliver to your employees can be offered including:

  • Online courses
  • Videos
  • Live events
  • Tests or surveys
  • Discussions
  • Curriculum

USC Learning offers instructional design support, tracking of your employee training, and custom reports. Centralize all your training in one place! To get started, fill out the simple request form – then scan and email to uschr@usc.edu.

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