Some different college-level certificates include programs in management, environmental studies, property management and computer-aided design. Different schools offer college certificates in a wide variety of disciplines at the pre-baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate and graduate level, including certificates related to professions such as human resources, computer repair, massage therapy, health care administration and child care.
Many college certificate programs are designed to meet specific professional license and certification requirements. For example, some community colleges offer certificates in fields such as nursing, medical assistance, real estate, financial management, and barbering.
The specific coursework required by a college certificate program varies and depends on the subject studied and skills needed in a profession. Certificate programs often do not require general education requirements outside of the field of study, but rather focus on classes that prepare students to obtain employment or advance a career. For example, a phlebotomy program may include courses such as clinical phlebotomy as well as a phlebotomy internship. Coursework for a college certificate in accounting may include only payroll administration, bookkeeping and related courses.
Time to completion of a college certificate varies depending on the program. However, students can generally expect to earn a certificate in six months to a year.