Short-Term Certificate Programs
|Program Level(s)||Certificate programs|
|Field(s) of Study||Business, art, music, nursing, transportation, and health, technology, ESL, AIE, vocational, and general studies|
|Prerequisites||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Program Format||Online, traditional, credit, and non-credit|
|Program Length||Anywhere from a few weeks to a few months|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Short-term certificate programs are education programs designed to prepare students to work in areas where a 4-year college education may not be required. Students in these programs are usually required to take only courses within the field of study.
Programs for International Students
Some colleges offer short-term certificate programs for international students who are only staying in the country for a short time. Short-term certificate programs for international students are available in business systems, business administration, art, music, and general studies. International students can earn an English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate and an American Internship Experience (AIE) certificate that documents skill learned.
Some colleges offer non-credit certificate programs that can be completed in a short period of time. These certificate programs are focused on specific skills in business, nursing, transportation, and health. Some of these certificate programs include CAD technician, Class A CDL driver prep courses, training in Microsoft Office, paralegal training, pharmacy tech career training, and travel agent training.
Many schools offer short-term certificate programs online. Some of these programs are designed to help information technology workers keep abreast of the latest technology. Certification programs are offered in Cisco, IBM-Lotus, Novell, RSA Security, Linux, and UNIX.
Other online programs aim towards retraining professionals interested in making a career change. There are also short-term certificate programs that teach special interest subjects for students seeking personal enrichment. Such programs include screen-printing, computerized fashion design, toy making, flower arranging, and cooking.
Short-term certificate programs are courses of study that can be completed in a small amount of time. They can help enhance a person's career or personal interests.