A Professional Certificate Program is defined as an integrated curriculum of credit courses that totals 140 or more hours of instruction.
Completing a Professional Certificate Program represents a major personal achievement, and indicates to employers a serious commitment to lifelong learning and professional advancement. Professional Certificate Programs provide in-depth academic study of a professional field and prepare individuals to enter a new career or advance within their current profession. Curricula are designed to address the full range of subjects within a discipline, allowing students to develop a fundamental knowledge of the field as well as study specialized individual topics. Courses are graded, and require exams and out-of-class assignments. Most courses qualify for employer-paid assistance or tuition reimbursement. Professional Certificate Programs generally take from one to three years to complete. Formal application and acceptance to the program is required.