Empowering Community Service Leaders

NOTE:  Lions University is offered by the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum.  Questions or comments about Lions University should not be directed to Lions Clubs International Headquarters, but rather to the Support page.

As a Lions Club leader, you understand that building strong communities through volunteer service is our objective.  The Lions University program is about making sure that you have the skills and resources to meet this objective.

Through three educational program levels, Lions Leaders will enhance their knowledge and skills to better serve their community.

To complete each program, Lions must complete 10 required courses, at least 5 elective classes, and complete specific leadership experiences.   To complete a course, the Lion takes part in an hour long training session.  These sessions are offered online on this website, through periodic webinars that are posted on this website, and through live sessions led in Districts and Multiple Districts.

Once the training session is completed, the Lion takes a simple online test to confirm their learning.  Upon completion, the Lion is awarded a certificate of course completion.  Lions are welcome to complete the courses that interest them in any of the programs, and in any order they wish.  Credit is given toward the program that the class is under.

  • Bachelor’s Program:  This program allows Lions to develop the skills necessary to lead a vital Lions Club.  Courses are directed to the skills needed to be a great club leader.  Click here to learn more about this program.
  • Master’s Program:  This program focuses on giving support to clubs through district leaders.  This program is aimed at District Level leaders:  District Governors, Vice District Governors, Zone Chairs, District Committee Chairs, Certified Guiding Lions, and other leaders that are ready to foster quality clubs in their District.  Click here to learn more about this program.
  • Doctorate Program:  This program focuses on skills needed to be a training facilitator for adult volunteers.  In effect, Lions who have completed the Doctorate Program are prepared to be great trainers of other Lions.  Click here to learn more about this program.