Certificate programs are designed for students looking for short-term programs of instruction with a high degree of specialization. They are designed to prepare individuals to enter a particular field of employment or provide a level of in-service training or education for those already employed. Cañada College awards two levels of certificates. Certificates of Achievement are those that are 12 or more units of course work that have been approved by the State of California and will be posted to the student’s transcript. Skills/Career Certificates are those that are up to 11.5 units of course work and will be awarded to the student by the department offering the certificate. Skills/Career Certificates will not be posted to the transcript. The section–Associate Degrees, Certificates, Transfer in this Catalog, lists programs alphabetically by subject and identifies the certificate and associate degree programs available.
The Certificates of Achievement have been designed on the career ladder concept. Some of the course work applied to the certificates can also be applied to associate degrees. If no associate degree major exists in the area, some of the units can be counted as electives toward any associate degree. If an associate degree with the specific major exists, the units may make up an Associate Degree major.
Certificate of Achievement General Requirements