There are a wide variety of Workforce Certificates in job related fields.

They are normally one year or less in length.

Certificates usually contain the same technical courses as the degree.

Students who complete Certificate Programs may decide to continue, or later return, to complete a degree.  The certificate coursework will apply toward the related applied science associate degree.

By themselves, certificates are designed to provide specific technical knowledge and skills required to enter the labor market in a related field.

Level One Certificate

  • Consists of 15-42 credit hour
  • No requirement to meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements
  • No general education requirement.

Level Two Certificate

  • 30-51 credit hours
  • Must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).
  • No general education requirement.

Occupational Skills Award (OSA)

  • A sequence of credit courses totaling 9-14 credit hours
  • Locally recognized by employers, but not statewide credentials.

Enhanced Skills Certificate (ESC)

  • Completion of an AAS or higher degree plus 6-12 additional credit hours
  • Provides additional technical proficiency in a specific program area.