Skyline College Offers Three Types of Certificates
- A Certificate of Achievement (generally 12 to 30 units) is awarded in certain occupational fields upon satisfactory completion (minimum 2.0 grade point average) of a specific course of study in a state-approved program. Certificates of Achievement are posted to a student's transcript.
- A Certificate of Specialization (generally 12 to 17.5 units) is awarded in certain occupational fields upon satisfactory completion (minimum 2.0 grade point average) of a specific course of study in a locally-approved program. Certificates of Specialization are not posted to a student's transcript.
- A Skills or Career Certificate (fewer than 12 units) is awarded upon successful completion of designated courses in a specific occupational field. Skills and Career Certificates are not posted to a student's transcript.
Units earned to meet certificate requirements may be applied toward the 60 units required for an AA or AS degree and may also satisfy the major requirement for an Associate's Degree. A minimum of 12 units must be taken at Skyline College to fulfill the residency requirement, and 50 percent of the total units required for the Certificate must be completed at Skyline College.
Certificate requirements for an individual student shall be those listed in the Skyline College Catalog at the time the student's studies begin. Those requirements may be followed throughout the student's course of study as long as the student remains in continuous enrollment. For the purposes of this requirement, continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one semester each calendar year. If a break in attendance occurs before the certificate is earned, the certificate requirements shall become those listed in the College Catalog which is current at the time the student's studies are resumed.
A student may earn multiple Certificates from Skyline College. Each Certificate of Achievement will be posted to the student's academic record and the student will receive a Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Specialization, Skills Certificate or Career Certificate for each certificate earned. Courses used to meet requirements for one certificate may be used to meet requirements for additional certificates.