Certificates

  • The Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement provides students with a broad-based education in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and the judicial system. The program is appropriate for students seeking entry-level employment in law enforcement, corrections probation, or parole.

  • This program is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in the retail or production nursery field. Courses range from plant identification to soils and fertility, pest management, plant propagation and plant biology. The certificate program offers a selection of courses that focus on food and ornamental plant production, including business management. Core courses offer a solid science background in order for the student to gain a greater understanding of how ornamental and food crop plants grow. This basic knowledge is then interwoven with practical cultural and production methods.

  • The Landscape Practices certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in landscape design, landscape installation, maintenance of landscapes, tree care industry and supply/equipment sales. Students will study basic plant biology and will learn to assess a plant’s maintenance needs. Landscape design, irrigation, installation and maintenance will also be studied. Students will have the opportunity to work hands on with plants in the school’s various landscapes and will learn to use the tools and techniques of the trade.

  • The Small Farm Management Certificate Program will provide knowledge and skills for the next generation of farmers in sustainable, local and organic farming, and gardening practices. The core technical courses in this certificate offer a foundation for further training appropriate for farm-related employment opportunities. Students will gain fundamental skills that are applicable across disciplines while also having the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest within the farm management topic. In addition an introduction to basic business and accounting skills, marketing and promotion, skills that are essential to the successful development of a small sustainable farm.

  • This certificate will give the student basic knowledge of the science involved in the growing of grapes, the practical hands-on applications of working with wine grapes and a basic understanding of the business aspects that are involved in the process of growing wine grapes.

  • The Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS) major addresses a wide range of issues in the field of substance use and abuse through its degree and certificate course work. Students vary from recent high school graduates to working professionals with advanced college degrees. Students are able to apply and integrate their academic learning through required practicum experiences in various public and private agencies, institutions and businesses. The AODS Program exceeds the minimal standards for AODS Programs established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These standards were identified by State of California legislation as meeting the educational requirements for counselor certification. Degree and certificate completers qualify to apply for state certification as a substance abuse counselor. Completion of the AOD program will assist students in obtaining entry-level employment, job promotion/salary increases or transfer to a four-year college or university.

  • This certificate program prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry. Completing this certificate program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests in the area of brakes, suspension, electrical systems, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions.

  • This certificate program prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry. Completing this certificate program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests in the area of brakes, suspension, electrical systems, engines, and engine performance.

  • This certificate program prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform diagnosis and repair in the automotive shop environment. This program includes coursework that is essential for entry-level positions and enhances the skills and knowledge base of those who are seeking career progression within the automotive industry. Completing this certificate program prepares students to pass ASE certification tests in the area of engines, electrical systems, engine performance and advanced engine performance. This program also satisfies the California Bureau of Automotive Repair training requirements for certification as a licensed smog Inspector.

  • The Administrative Assistant Certificate of Achievement provides students an opportunity to develop essential business skills. Earning the certificate will prepare the student for employment as an office worker in an entry-level position.

  • The Legal Certificate of Achievement is designed for students interested in entry-level employment in administrative positions in attorney’s offices, courthouses, or other legal facilities.

  • The Medical Certificate of Achievement provides students with the administrative skills necessary for an entry level medical office position in the health care field. Working environments include hospitals, medical offices, clinics, and other health care facilities.

  • The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate of Achievement prepares students for entry-level employment as a medical insurance coder and biller in a private medical office, clinic or other health care facility.

  • This certificate program prepares students for accounting careers in account management of payroll, receivables, payables, as well as financial statement generation and tax preparation.

  • This certificate offers a focused course of study for students who are interested in launching and growing a new business. Students develop skills and strategies for effectively planning, starting, and managing the growth of a new enterprise.

  • Business Management prepares students for positions of responsibility in organizations including retail, manufacturing, service businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies. The Business Management major offers students the opportunity to acquire or upgrade skills in the areas of management, marketing, finance, accounting, information technology management, and entrepreneurship. These skills will assist students in the pursuit and managerial careers and successful performance in these positions.

  • This certificate prepares students for a career in real estate sales/analysis, land development, real estate marketing, finance, mortgage lending, appraisal, escrow, and property management. The course requirements satisfy the educational requirements for both real estate broker’s license and salesperson’s continuing education requirements as prescribed by the California Department of Real Estate.

  • The Business Retail Management Certificate Program is a comprehensive program designed to prepare current and future retail employees and managers for the challenges in a competitive retail environment. This certificate is aligned with the Western Association of Food Chains certificate program. Students completing this certificate may also earn a certificate from the WAFC.

  • Studio ceramics is an exciting field of personal expression with many career possibilities ranging from fine artwork and sculpture to production tableware. This comprehensive study course and certification program combines the pragmatic nuts and bolts investigation of studio ceramic technology and personal artistic development, along with important aspects of promoting and presenting finished works in the art, craft and industrial marketplace. In this course of study students will gain an important understanding of the equipment needed to produce ceramics, as well as how to use and repair it. The studio ceramics and sculpture classes use a lab-and-lecture concept that focuses on demonstrations and one-on-one assistance to develop the student’s creativity and ability to produce a broad range of ceramic objects. In the capstone class, Art Seminar, students are led through a spectrum of professional practices that will assist them in presenting and promoting their artwork in today’s changing marketplace.

  • The Child Development Certificate of Achievement is designed for the student who desires knowledge about Early Childhood Development and skills for teaching young children.

  • The Certificate of Achievement in Computer Applications and Office Administration prepares students for positions that combine technical knowledge with business aptitude. Career areas include the design, implementation, use and maintenance/management of office IT systems, as well as other administrative and commercial positions.

  • This certificate will prepare the student for employment in the field of digital design and media production. It consists of experiences in applied design, graphic design principles, layout and design, and multimedia production. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising thinking, visual communication, and skills in graphic design and preparing art for reproduction.

  • The ESL sequence provides students with language skills that will allow them increased job opportunities in our community. This certificate will also enable students to enter either the credit ESL sequence or lower level non-ESL English courses. All courses for this certificate are non-credit.

  • The Fine Woodworking I Certificate is a one-year course of study designed to help prepare students for careers as independent designers and crafts workers. The program consists of classes involving lecture and extensive lab time focused on the creation of refined furniture. A limited number of seats are available. In order to qualify for admission, applicants must present evidence of one of the following: completion of WOD 70B or equivalent course at another institution, or practical experience in woodworking. Admission will be granted by a lottery of qualified applicants.

  • The Fine Woodworking II Certificate is a two-year course of study designed to help prepare students for careers as independent designers and craftsworkers, taking students from intermediate to advanced level of woodworking. The program consists of classes involving lecture and extensive lab time focused on the creation of refined furniture. A limited number of seats are available. In order to qualify for admission, applicants must complete WOD 80A and WOD 80B. Admission will be determined by a lottery of qualified candidates.

  • The Human Service Worker Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform essential, entry-level Human Service Worker tasks in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve. Human Service Workers are non-professional, entry-level workers who provide services to clients under the supervision of counselors, social workers, nurses, and/or other professionals. Human Service Workers may be members of a team or work with little direct supervision. Typical duties include: determining and referring to appropriate human service agencies; assisting in the application for benefits and other social programs; providing transportation; providing training in daily living skills; co-facilitating individual, family and group counseling sessions; advocating for clients before social and government agencies; and maintaining case records and reports. Employers prefer potential Human Service Workers to have completed post-secondary certificate training (usually a minimum of 12-18 units at a community college or occupational training program) and who have some on-the-job experience, such as is provided by cooperative work experience or an internship class. This program meets these employer needs, and gives students a clear employment advantage over untrained, inexperienced job applicants. The Human Service Worker Program is, for many, a first step on a career path. It is an important step in an academic path, as well. Many of the courses in the Human Service Worker Program may be applied to the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Studies Certificate and Degree Programs for those students who want to continue with more advanced study, and who are interested in seeking more complex and challenging employment opportunities. Students who receive their Human Service Worker certificate can continue their studies in the AOD Studies Program while employed.

  • The Human Service Paraprofessional Certificate of Achievement (HUS-P) program prepares students for employment in human service agencies (Social Services; Mental Health, Public Health and Community-Based Organizations). The Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to fulfill Human Service Paraprofessional duties and responsibilities in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve. Human Service Paraprofessionals are non-professional employees who provide services under the supervision of certified and/or licensed counselors, social workers, nurses, and/or other professionals. Human Service Paraprofessionals may be members of a team or work with little direct supervision. Typical duties include: determining clients’ needs and referring them to appropriate services; assisting clients in the application for benefits and other social programs; co-facilitating individual, family and group counseling sessions; developing treatment or case plans and monitoring clients’ progress in fulfilling the plans; providing training in daily living skills; advocating for clients before social and government agencies; and maintaining case records and reports. Employers prefer to hire Human Service Paraprofessionals who have completed post-secondary certificate training and who have some on-the-job experience, such as that provided by Cooperative Work Experience Education or an internship class. This program meets these employer needs, and gives students a clear employment advantage over untrained, inexperienced job applicants. For many, the HUS-P program will be the beginning of a career and academic path. Students seeking immediate employment can complete the Certificate Program, and then complete General Education requirements for the Human Service Associate of Science Degree while working. Students who wish to continue their education in Human Services-related disciplines at four-year colleges will have the ability to work in fields akin to their academic studies, and this work experience will add meaning, purpose and direction to their college coursework.

  • IT and networking professionals are a vital part of many businesses, and these skills are highly sought by such employers. The IT Specialist certificate helps prepare students for positions known variously as IT support, network/systems administrator, network/systems engineer, network/systems technician, and network/systems analyst.

  • The LVN to RN upgrade/30-unit Option Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide California Licensed Vocational Nurses the classroom and clinical training necessary to be eligible for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Students who take the NCLEX-RN after completing a certificate program, such as this (as opposed to a degree program) may not be able to practice as a nurse outside the state of California. Students interested in the 30-unit option certificate program must meet with the Nursing Program Director before enrolling in the program. For further information on program requisites, contact the nursing office at 468-3099.

  • The Mendocino College Music Department offers a comprehensive course of study that will lead to a Certificate in Recording Arts and Technology. The program is designed to provide technical, artistic, and historical experiences that prepare the student for career opportunities in the field of audio and for students who are currently employed in the field of audio and desire advancement. Possible career paths may include recording engineer, live sound reinforcement, recording artist, sound designer, Foley artist, and post production.

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    This certificate combines competencies in green building and clean technology, sustainability, construction technical trade skills, and entrepreneurial business. The combination of these competencies prepares students for emerging opportunities in modern construction and residential remodeling and retrofitting. Students completing this certificate will be well positioned to gain employment or start a business in fields such as green building and remodeling, building performance auditing and retrofitting, electrical, plumbing, and related trades.

  • This certificate combines competencies in sustainability, renewable energy technical skills, and entrepreneurial business. The combination of these competencies prepares students for emerging opportunities in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector. Students completing this certificate will be well positioned to gain employment or start a business in fields such as photovoltaic design and installation and solar hot water installation.

  • This certificate combines competencies in sustainability, residential efficiency, heating and cooling, and entrepreneurial business skills. The combination of these competencies prepares students for emerging opportunities in building performance auditing, retrofitting, and efficient heating and cooling. Students completing this certificate will be well positioned to gain employment or start a business in fields such as efficiency upgrade retrofitting, building performance auditing, HVAC, and related trades.

  • This two-year program is intended to provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to achieve success in professional clothing construction using all techniques necessary from concept design, construction, to completion and marketing. Possession of a Textile/Clothing Construction Certificate of Achievement, along with job experience can give the individual a competitive edge in applying for advancement in the field.

  • The Textile / Weaving Certificate provides training in the technical and creative skills necessary to enter both the commercial and fine arts fields as a studio or production artist. The knowledge of art fundamentals, textile history, weaving, dyeing, printing, fiber construction, presentation and promotion, coupled with the development of personal style in expression and content, prepare one to begin entrepreneurial work in the field. The skills and knowledge obtained are also applicable to further studies in textile appraisal, conservation, design and teaching.

  • The Web Development certificate prepares students for positions designing, implementing and maintaining web content. Skillsinclude client and server-side web design and development, as well as programmatic interaction with databases.

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