Mt. San Antonio College offers several different types of certificates to help students build their career and technical skills. The most common certificate programs are Certificates of Achievement and Skills Certificates.
Certificates of Achievement
|Certificate of Achievement programs can be a great way to update your skills or break
into a new career. A Certificate of Achievement is favorably recognized by business
and industry leaders and is often a requirement for professional advancement. Like
a degree, a Certificate of Achievement is noted on
Skills Certificates require fewer classes than Certificates of Achievement, but can be valuable tools in advancing your career. Students typically take classes toward a Skills Certificate if they want to learn a new, specific skill in their career. Skills certificates are often part of a ladder-track in a career plan, meaning they gradually help students climb to higher skill levels in their chosen career path. Skills Certificates are not noted on your official transcript. Our offerings include:
Certificates of Achievement
"Certificates of Achievement" are awarded for completion of an approved program of study meeting certain requirements of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in terms of total unit values and other criteria. The possession of such a certificate is favorably recognized by business and industry and is frequently a requirement for professional advancement. The awarding of all Certificates of Achievement is noted on a student’s official transcript.
"Skills Certificates" are lower-unit certificates in various occupational areas. Although the awarding of Skills Certificates is not noted on a student’s official transcript, the student may apply for and receive a documentation certificate from the college that may be of value in documenting knowledge and skills to potential employers. In many cases, entry-level Skills Certificates may be part of a ladder-track of increasing levels of preparation in an occupational area, and courses used to complete them may form a core of requirements that are augmented as students pursue higher levels of proficiency toward a Certificate of Achievement.
Note: The unit requirement for Skills Certificates is below that required for some forms of financial aid eligibility. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine whether a particular program of study qualifies for financial aid.
Students who desire help in planning for a vocation or profession, or to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, should seek the advice of a counselor.
Requirements for all certificates
- At least 1/2 of the credits earned towards the certificate must be completed at Mt. San Antonio College.
- A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course to be applied to the certificate
Mt. San Antonio College also awards Certificates of Competency and Occupational Training Certificates of Completion for certain non-credit programs of study. Information on these certificates may be found in Section 11 - Continuing Education within the College Catalog.
For a complete list of certificate programs and specific degree requirements for your major, please consult the College Catalog.