Training Policy


In support of the Augustinian values of pursuing knowledge and lifelong learning, Villanova University encourages employees at all levels to participate in job-related training and development activities in order to enhance skills, expand knowledge, and grow as professionals. 

The responsibility for identifying and participating in training is shared by individual employees, their supervisors, and the University.  Employees are responsible for obtaining approval from their supervisor to attend training programs, and supervisors are encouraged to approve employee requests to participate in such programs, especially those offered by the University, whenever possible and appropriate.  Supervisor approval may be dependent on factors such as budget, the ability of the department to function in the employee’s absence, and the relevance of the activity to either the employee’s current position or their professional development plan.   In all cases, participation in development activities should not interfere with the effective performance of job responsibilities.

Employees may be required by the University to attend certain educational or training programs for the following reasons:

1.       To maintain or improve skills required in the profession or by the position

2.       To meet the requirement of employment by the University, applicable law, or regulations.

3.       To meet the requirement of applicable licensure or certification as needed for the job.

4.       To meet the requirement of the University or division of the University for any other reason.

The University will assume the costs of any required training for employees.   Other training which is not required but bears a cost may be the responsibility of the employee or shared between the employee and the University.  In all cases, the employee and his/her supervisor should make a payment agreement before registering for or attending the training.

If an employee participates in job-related training and professional development activities during a scheduled work day, it will be considered work time.  Professional development and training activities outside of and in addition to regular work hours for non-exempt employees require approval in advance from their supervisor because the activities are considered regular work hours for overtime compensation purposes.