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A post-secondary certificate represents the completion of designated training in a specialized field. Although certificates are generally offered by career schools, community colleges, and some universities, earning a certificate does not equate to completing a degree program. The training at the core of a post-secondary certificate focuses primarily on developing a specific set of professional skills, and does not typically require core courses of general study.

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Earning a post-secondary certificate usually requires less time than earning an Associate’s degree, and is an excellent option of study when seeking an entry-level position in certain trades or lines of work. The most popular certificate training fields include business and management, technology, education, healthcare, and legal studies.

Certificate programs can consist of anywhere between 4 to 8 courses, and are typically completed within 3 months to a year. Undergraduate certificate programs usually do not require more than a high school diploma to enroll. Graduate certificate programs may require the individual to earn their Bachelor’s degree, have previous experience, and/or provide test scores before enrolling.

When enrolling in an online certification program, individuals experience the benefit of greater flexibility than what is offered by an on-campus program. However, valuable similarities remain intact, from precise career focuses to thorough skill mastery. This article explores the different aspects of becoming a post-secondary certificate holder, from the various types of potential certificate seekers, to how the certificate can be used toward establishing a successful career.

When Does a Certificate Pay Off?

By 2018, 63 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require applicants to have post-secondary training/education in order to be considered for employment, according to a study done by Georgetown University. According to 2017 census more Americans have college degrees than ever before with just over a third of American adults have a four-year college degree, highest completion ever recorded. (U.S. Census)

Certificates: An Introduction

Researchers from Georgetown have reported that an impressive 1 million plus certificates are awarded each year, making these highly popular programs the country’s second most common form of post-secondary education. Another great benefit of certificate programs is they are offered by most community colleges. Healthcare, cosmetology, and office management are among the most popular certification training fields. (Georgetown University)

When to Earn a Certificate

For those who know which career they would like to pursue and are ready to receive training to get there in a short amount of time, earning an undergraduate certificate is an excellent place to begin. From these highly-specialized programs, workers gain more extensive training so that they can better excel in their profession. Post-secondary certificate programs helps to prepare job applicants who are looking to start their career at a point beyond entry-level.

Certification programs in the fields of healthcare, business management, and technology are also gaining in popularity for their ability to cultivate the skills necessary for healthcare administration, project management, and computer engineering positions.

The table below lists some of the different types of undergraduate and post-graduate certification programs:

CERTIFICATE NAME DESCRIPTION
Dental Assistant Certificate There are approximately 270 programs across the country accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA). Students who complete a CODA-accredited program are eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). [dentalassistantedu.org]
Automotive Service Excellence Certification Although certification is not essential for the auto industry, it is almost always beneficial. The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is considered the standard for service technicians nationwide. The ASE offers certification in eight different service categories. These include; engine repair, suspension & steering, heating & air conditioning and brake systems.

Interested professionals who want more preparation for the ASE exam (beyond the training they received in the certificate program) may enroll in various workshops and courses. A range of organizations, from car manufacturers to colleges, typically provide these courses. (www.ase.com).

Certificate in Property Management In most states, property managers are required to hold a real estate broker’s license, or to be a licensed realtor employed by a broker. Apart from this, there are no formal property management licensure requirements. That being said, a variety of organizations offer membership, education, and (in some cases) certification. (allpropertymanagement.com)
Medical Billing and Coding Certification (hospital and physician-based) This is an 18-credit program for the certification in handling pricing for medical diagnoses and for medical treatments. The course also looks into the principles set forward in the CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM manuals.
Network & Communications Management Certificate As a student in a network communications management degree program, you will gain the knowledge needed to install, configure and manage networks. This includes local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). You may also learn how to analyze problems, initiate appropriate solutions and manage network security risks. Your curriculum will likely include classroom work and hands-on experience, allowing you to put what you’ve learned into practice. [learn.org]
Principles of Criminal Investigation This course involves learning the theories and techniques required for the detection and preservation of evidence, both physical and forensic. The course features laboratory sessions and an Introduction to Criminology prerequisite.
CPA Preparation This is a post-secondary 30-hour program in specialty fields that are required for the CPA examination. This includes ethics, international accounting, information systems and taxation.
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate The accredited online Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate prepares practitioners for primary care of the family and/or individual across the lifespan from birth to death. The focus is on wellness, care and the management of episodic acute or chronic illnesses. Critical analysis of clinical strategies and interventions in health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and common health problems seen in family medicine are also studied as part of the FNP.

Transfers to a Degree Program

For possible program participants who want to eventually enroll in a degree program, working towards an Associate’s degree is an ideal pathway for advancement. When earning a degree alongside or immediately following a certificate training program, the individual should make sure to meet with advisors from their current school as well as advisors from their preferred school to ensure proper continuity between their studies.

Some benefits of advancing to an Associate’s degree include gaining access to an education in general core studies as well as focused training on a particular field of study. Colleges that do accept transfers are more likely to accept transferred credits for core courses than from the specialized course of study.

For certificate holders who are post-graduate, the credits that they’ve earned are typically viewed as experience in their profession, and are considered an indication of career goal achievement. Professionals in the business, healthcare, and technology fields who have a Master’s degree may also choose to earn a certificate as a way to develop more specialized skills.

Online Certificate Programs

For students who are looking for an education system that allows for a more flexible learning schedule and distance-learning interactions, online colleges and universities are a good place to search for an online education. While online undergraduate and post-graduate programs can be accelerated, (as they are, for the most part, self-paced,) students should be aware that online schooling can be strenuous and technically challenging with the coursework requirements.

Some online certificates sought after by undergraduate level career seekers require laboratory and/or internship hours. Programs such as these are usually very good at collaborating with a student’s local educational to arrange opportunities to complete these hours close to the student’s home. Online post-graduate certificate seekers may have the chance at tuition reimbursement by coordinating their professional roles with their studies.

Online certificate programs utilize emailing systems, chat rooms, discussion boards, and browsing to incorporate itself into the busy life of a student in a seamless manner. Skype and conference calling also help students to maintain a healthy class schedule. Depending upon the school, a computer may be offered to students looking to pursue the online learning option. If guidance is needing for technical support, there is staff readily available to help navigate through the Internet.

Online Education Q&A

Do I need to be a computer whiz to study online?

Students are expected to know their way around computers for logging on, surfing the internet, sending and receiving email and attachments. Those with access to high-speed connections will have a more comfortable experience in viewing/receiving multimedia presentations and participating in live discussions.

Are online instructors as qualified as those who teach on campus?

Often the faculty members who teach in online certificate programs also teach in the campus-based programs in the same field. In addition to completing training in online instruction, faculty members frequently are currently employed in the professions that they’re teaching.

Will I be isolated as an online student?

Not only is class participation recommended for online students, it’s required. Peers and instructors are in daily contact via email, chat rooms or real-time video conferences. Collaborative assignments foster student interactions where email, telephone or chat room contacts occur on a scheduled and impromptu basis throughout the length of the program and beyond.

Are there special study skills necessary for successful online students?

Students who thrive in the online classroom respect the academic quality of their courses, dedicate themselves to a regular schedule to keep pace, and use online tools to communicate when they need help or clarification. There’s no substitute for self-discipline.

Will I ever have to go to campus?

In most cases, students can receive academic and financial aid counseling, complete their class registrations, and perform all required tests and assignments fully online. There are some majors that require laboratory or internship hours. In those cases, online colleges and schools offering certificates may require night or weekend campus workshops or make arrangements for students to complete labs/internships in the community where they live.

College Accreditation

Accreditation requires the earning and maintaining of a set standard of educational quality. It is voluntary, but can significantly help a school’s students and alumni in landing their preferred job if decent accreditation has been granted to the institution. Schools that offer post-graduate certificates have likely been granted accreditation for their specialized training departments and degree programs.

To become an accredited college can take years. The process includes a self-assessment by the college followed by a campus visit from agencies qualified to grant academic accreditation. To offer financial assistance, a school must be approved through the Department of Education and/or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.

There are seven regional agencies for accreditation that evaluate two-year schools through The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Special granting can be applied to individual programs. For example, American National Standards Institute Certificate Accreditation Program deals more with programs of a technical certification. Schools offering online programs often look for, and are granted, accreditation from the National Distance Learning Association, which specializes in the quality of teaching via online methods.

Earning a post-secondary certificate usually requires less time than earning an Associate’s degree, and is an excellent option of study when seeking an entry-level position in certain trades or lines of work. The most popular certificate training fields include business and management, technology, education, healthcare, and legal studies.

Certificate programs can consist of anywhere between 4 to 8 courses, and are typically completed within 3 months to a year. Undergraduate certificate programs usually do not require more than a high school diploma to enroll. Graduate certificate programs may require the individual to earn their Bachelor’s degree, have previous experience, and/or provide test scores before enrolling.

When enrolling in an online certification program, individuals experience the benefit of greater flexibility than what is offered by an on-campus program. However, valuable similarities remain intact, from precise career focuses to thorough skill mastery. This article explores the different aspects of becoming a post-secondary certificate holder, from the various types of potential certificate seekers, to how the certificate can be used toward establishing a successful career.

When Does a Certificate Pay Off?

By 2018, 63 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require applicants to have post-secondary training/education in order to be considered for employment, according to a study done by Georgetown University. By 2018, 63 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require applicants to have post-secondary training/education in order to be considered for employment, according to a study done by Georgetown University. According to 2017 census more Americans have college degrees than ever before with just over a third of American adults have a four-year college degree, highest completion ever recorded. (U.S. Census)

Certificates: An Introduction

Researchers from Georgetown have reported that an impressive 1 million plus certificates are awarded each year, making these highly popular programs the country’s second most common form of post-secondary education. Another great benefit of certificate programs is they are offered by most community colleges. Healthcare, cosmetology, and office management are among the most popular certification training fields. (Georgetown University)

When to Earn a Certificate

For those who know which career they would like to pursue and are ready to receive training to get there in a short amount of time, earning an undergraduate certificate is an excellent place to begin. From these highly-specialized programs, workers gain more extensive training so that they can better excel in their profession. Post-secondary certificate programs helps to prepare job applicants who are looking to start their career at a point beyond entry-level.

Certification programs in the fields of healthcare, business management, and technology are also gaining in popularity for their ability to cultivate the skills necessary for healthcare administration, project management, and computer engineering positions.

Transfers to a Degree Program

For possible program participants who want to eventually enroll in a degree program, working towards an Associate’s degree is an ideal pathway for advancement. When earning a degree alongside or immediately following a certificate training program, the individual should make sure to meet with advisors from their current school as well as advisors from their preferred school to ensure proper continuity between their studies.

Some benefits of advancing to an Associate’s degree include gaining access to an education in general core studies as well as focused training on a particular field of study. Colleges that do accept transfers are more likely to accept transferred credits for core courses than from the specialized course of study.

For certificate holders who are post-graduate, the credits that they’ve earned are typically viewed as experience in their profession, and are considered an indication of career goal achievement. Professionals in the business, healthcare, and technology fields who have a Master’s degree may also choose to earn a certificate as a way to develop more specialized skills.

Online Certificate Programs

For students who are looking for an education system that allows for a more flexible learning schedule and distance-learning interactions, online colleges and universities are a good place to search for an online education. While online undergraduate and post-graduate programs can be accelerated, (as they are, for the most part, self-paced,) students should be aware that online schooling can be strenuous and technically challenging with the coursework requirements.

Some online certificates sought after by undergraduate level career seekers require laboratory and/or internship hours. Programs such as these are usually very good at collaborating with a student’s local educational to arrange opportunities to complete these hours close to the student’s home. Online post-graduate certificate seekers may have the chance at tuition reimbursement by coordinating their professional roles with their studies.

Online certificate programs utilize emailing systems, chat rooms, discussion boards, and browsing to incorporate itself into the busy life of a student in a seamless manner. Skype and conference calling also help students to maintain a healthy class schedule. Depending upon the school, a computer may be offered to students looking to pursue the online learning option. If guidance is needing for technical support, there is staff readily available to help navigate through the Internet.

Online Education Q&A

Do I need to be a computer whiz to study online?

Students are expected to know their way around computers for logging on, surfing the internet, sending and receiving email and attachments. Those with access to high-speed connections will have a more comfortable experience in viewing/receiving multimedia presentations and participating in live discussions.

Are online instructors as qualified as those who teach on campus?

Often the faculty members who teach in online certificate programs also teach in the campus-based programs in the same field. In addition to completing training in online instruction, faculty members frequently are currently employed in the professions that they’re teaching.

Will I be isolated as an online student?

Not only is class participation recommended for online students, it’s required. Peers and instructors are in daily contact via email, chat rooms or real-time video conferences. Collaborative assignments foster student interactions where email, telephone or chat room contacts occur on a scheduled and impromptu basis throughout the length of the program and beyond.

Are there special study skills necessary for successful online students?

Students who thrive in the online classroom respect the academic quality of their courses, dedicate themselves to a regular schedule to keep pace, and use online tools to communicate when they need help or clarification. There’s no substitute for self-discipline.

Will I ever have to go to campus?

In most cases, students can receive academic and financial aid counseling, complete their class registrations, and perform all required tests and assignments fully online. There are some majors that require laboratory or internship hours. In those cases, online colleges and schools offering certificates may require night or weekend campus workshops or make arrangements for students to complete labs/internships in the community where they live.

College Accreditation

Accreditation requires the earning and maintaining of a set standard of educational quality. It is voluntary, but can significantly help a school’s students and alumni in landing their preferred job if decent accreditation has been granted to the institution. Schools that offer post-graduate certificates have likely been granted accreditation for their specialized training departments and degree programs.

To become an accredited college can take years. The process includes a self-assessment by the college followed by a campus visit from agencies qualified to grant academic accreditation. To offer financial assistance, a school must be approved through the Department of Education and/or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.

There are seven regional agencies for accreditation that evaluate two-year schools through The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Special granting can be applied to individual programs. For example, American National Standards Institute Certificate Accreditation Program deals more with programs of a technical certification. Schools offering online programs often look for, and are granted, accreditation from the National Distance Learning Association, which specializes in the quality of teaching via online methods.

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