Certificate Requirements

Certificate programs vary in length; however, you can usually complete them in one year. Certificates are awarded in specific occupational fields with emphasis on entering the job market. These certificates can serve as the basis for additional education and are the first step toward an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree. For specific major requirements, refer to the degrees and programs section.

Only degree requirements in effect within five academic years prior to your graduation date for a certificate may be used. You are considered enrolled in your degree program when you complete the appropriate degree-seeking student registration procedure. If you do not enroll for a semester or more, or if you enroll through the non-degree process, you are not considered enrolled as a degree student during that time. If your degree program is delivered collaboratively within the UA system, credits you earn from each UA institution will be counted toward fulfillment of the degree requirements and fulfillment of the minimum institutional residency requirements.

You may enroll in any course for which you are eligible. To earn a certificate, you must formally be admitted to a certificate program and you must earn at least 30 credits, including transfer credit. Fifteen semester hours must be residence credits. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all course work, as well as in your major. Programs of study for which certificates are granted must contain a recognizable body of instruction in the program-related areas of communication, computation, and human relations. Additional appropriate topics may include safety, industrial safety and environmental awareness. Instruction in the related instructional areas may be embedded within the program curriculum or taught in blocks of specialized instruction. Each approach, however, will have clearly identified content that is pertinent to the general program of study.

Note: Students planning to go on to a baccalaureate degree need to work closely with their advisors and are encouraged to select courses meeting core requirements and courses designated within majors and minors. Only those courses with an "X" designator count toward the baccalaureate core.


Communication (2-3 credits)

Complete one of the following:

  • ENGL 111X--Introduction to Academic Writing (3)
  • CIOS 160--Business English (3)
  • CIOS 260--Business Communications (3)
  • ENGL 211X--Academic Writing about Literature (3)
  • ENGL 212--Business, Grant and Report Writing* (3)
  • ENGL 213X--Academic Writing about the Social and Natural Sciences (3)
  • COMM 131X--Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context (3)
  • COMM 141X--Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context (3)
  • DEVS 104--University Communications (1-3)
  • DEVS 105--Intensive Reading Development (3)
  • other program approved discipline-based communication course or discipline-based courses with embedded communication content. (2-3)

Computation (2-3 credits)

Complete one of the following:

  • Any course at the 100-level or above in mathematical sciences (computer science, math or statistics). (3)
  • ABUS 155--Business Math (3)
  • CIOS 116--Business Math Using Calculators (3)
  • DEVM 105--Intermediate Algebra (3)
  • ECE 117--Math Skills for Early Childhood Education (3)
  • HLTH 116--Mathematics in Health Care (3)
  • HSV 117--Math Skills for Human Services (3)
  • TTCH 131--Maintenance Mathematics (3)
  • other program-approved discipline-based computation course or discipline-based courses with embedded computation content. (2-3)

Human Relations (2-3 credits)

Complete one of the following:

  • ANTH 100X/SOC 100X--Individual, Society and Culture (3)
  • ABUS 154--Human Relations (3)
  • ANL 287--Teaching Methods for Alaska Native Languages (3)
  • ECE 245--Child Development (3)
  • ED/PSY 245--Child Development (3)
  • HLTH 106--Human Behavior in Health Care (3)
  • HSV 120--Cultural Diversity in Human Services (3)
  • RHS 110--Cross-Cultural Bridging Skills (1) AND
    RHS 115--Issues of Personal Development (2)
  • other program approved discipline-based human relations or disipline-based courses with embedded human relations content. (2-3)

Major specialty at least 21 credits
Electives to total 30 credits

* ENGL 212 doesn't fulfill the second half of the written communication requirement for the baccalaureate degree.

Majors available for certificate programs

Accounting Technician
Applied Business Management
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Community Health
Culinary Arts
Dental Assistant
Drafting Technology
Early Childhood Education
Educator: Para-Professional
Ground Vehicle Maintenance
Health Care Reimbursement
Information Technology Specialist
Medical/Dental Reception
Native Language Education
Office Management and Technology
Rural Human Services
Tribal Management
Yup'ik Language Proficiency