Certificate Programs in the US
sub-degree qualification awarded after completion of course in a
specific discipline, below the standard of National Certificate or
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.
When deciding whether to pursue a certificate program in the United States, it’s wise to determine:
- Whether a certificate, as opposed to a more extensive degree, is sufficient for the job you’re seeking, an
- The credentials of the certification agency.
Before you join a certificate program ask yourself following questions:
- What is the reputation of the issuing organization?
- Do the benefits of the certification justify the cost?
- What are the requirements and costs for recertification?
- Are there educational and experiential requirements for the certification?
- Is the certification national in scope as well as recognized outside the U.S.?
There are thousands of certifications exist in a variety of fields, for example; Teaching, Healthcare, Information Technology, Real Estate, Design, Music and Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and more. For more details refer to https://educationusa.state.gov/your-5-steps-us-study/research-your-options/short-term/short-term-programs