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Earning a Certificate

Irvine Valley College awards certificates in the technological, applied, and business sciences to students who complete the courses specified for each program. Curriculum is developed by the faculty in cooperation with advisory committees comprised of business and industry representatives. Certificate Programs are subject to change. Please check with a counselor for the latest information. You may visit the on-campus Counseling Center or contact a Counselor Online.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Certificates of achievement are granted for the completion of a specified program, or specified courses. These state-approved certificates acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness. Specific course requirements for each certificate are listed with the program descriptions in the IVC catalog. In many, but not all cases, the courses that comprise the certificate of achievement program are the same as those that comprise the major for the Associate in Science degree. Students must complete all of the courses in the certificate program with grade of "A," "B," "C," or "P." A minimum of 12 units in the certificate program must be completed at Irvine Valley College.

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements

Certificates of proficiency are granted for the completion of a specified program, or specified courses, whose total requirement is less than 18 units. These locally approved certificates are designed to acknowledge basic workplace competencies and job readiness for students who are entering the workforce or upgrading their job skills. Specific course requirements for each Certificate of Proficiency are listed with the program descriptions in the IVC catalog. Students must complete all of the courses in the Certificate of Proficiency program with grade of "A," "B," "C," or "P." Students must complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at Irvine Valley College. In cases where the total requirement is less than 12 units, students must complete all of the courses in the certificate program at Irvine Valley College.

Waiver of Certificate Requirements

Students with previous educational or vocational experience who wish to waive a required course in a certificate program will be expected to verify equivalency by examination. Petitions for course waivers or substitutions are available in the Counseling Center.

Application for Evaluation

Certificates are not awarded automatically. Students who expect to earn a certificate from the college must file an application for evaluation with the Office of Admissions and Records. Responsibility for filing this application rests with the student, and transcripts for all college work attempted must be on file for the application to be considered. Students who complete a certificate of achievement (but not the certificate of proficiency) may participate in commencement. Information about graduation, including application deadlines, is available online on the admissions page of the college's website.

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