Certificate Programs in the US
Certiicate program is a sub-degree qualification awarded after completion of course in a specific discipline, below the standard of National Certificate or National Diploma.
The Certificate is classified as an introductory, foundation or skills based qualification which is used to give a student a general understanding of a specific discipline, but introduce key concepts. The certificate prepares a student for work or further study, but most likely the former.
All the subjects have on-campus certificate courses, generally on-campus certificates can be completed in less credits than online certificate courses. There are some certificate courses with non-credit courses and programs taught by industry professionals are designed for individuals who are interested in acquiring the necessary career skills to meet the challenges of today’s workforce. But these types of certificate courses must meet prior eligibility criteria such as level of education.
Certificate Programs by Level of EducationUndergraduate Certificates/Diplomas
earning Undergraduate Certificates/Diplomas, the credits vary from 5 to
30 or sometimes more and also the credit hours differ from school to
school and program to program. Some programs provide specialized
training and others are for those who want to quickly complete a program
leads to a specific job. Undergraduate certificates cater to various working professionals and
sometimes high school graduates who aim to improve employability,
transition careers or advance professional or personal development.
award that requires completion of an organized program of study beyond
the master's degree, but does not meet the requirements of academic
degrees at the doctor's level.