What are Programs of Study Leading to a Certificate?

Mt. San Antonio College offers two different types of certificates for credit programs of study:
  • Skills Certificates are certificates of less than 18 units 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.
  • Certificates of Achievement are certificates of at least 18 units and awarded for completion of an approved program of study meeting 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.

Note: The unit requirement for Skills Certificates is below the number 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 include the following:

  • At least 1/2 of the credits earned toward 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 the Adult and Continuing Education section of this catalog.

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