Six-month certification programs include those in phlebotomy, bookkeeping, grant writing, paralegal, project management and more. Certificate programs are offered at colleges, career training schools and online.
Many universities, such as Valdosta State, offer numerous, six-month certificate programs. VSU awards certificates on its campus and online. The school's on-campus certification offerings are in digital photography, grant and creative writing, administrative assistant I and II, and Internet and social media marketing. Most of the university's certificate programs are available online. Additional online programs include management for IT professionals, purchase and supply chain management, event management and design, and medical transcription.
Students interested in either enhancing an existing degree or becoming specialized in a particular field without earning a degree may benefit from enrolling in certification programs. Some certification programs may require proof of competency in certain skills as a prerequisite to enrolling in an area of study. Meeting prerequisite requirements may extend the amount of time it takes to obtain a certificate.
Many students pursue certification to learn a trade, become specialized, switch careers or increase their job marketability. Students who prefer a classroom environment should visit their local colleges and technical schools for more information on certification programs. Learners who prefer online classes may find a wide variety of options available.