Certificate Programs

Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of selected career and technical programs and upon application to the Office of Admissions and Records. Some certificates require less than two years of full-time study. To be eligible for a certificate, a student must pass all required certificate courses with a grade of C or higher, unless specified otherwise (see specific program) a maximum of 6 units from courses in which the student has elected a Pass/No Pass option may be applied toward a certificate. At least 50% of the units required for a certificate must be taken at College of San Mateo.

Certificate requirements for an individual student are those listed in the College of San Mateo Catalog of the year in which the student begins studies at CSM. Those requirements may be followed throughout the student’s course of study. However, 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 studies are resumed.

Certificates may be earned through day or evening part-time or full-time enrollment.

Certificates of Achievement

The higher of the two levels of certificates, Certificates of Achievement, are awarded upon successful completion of 16 units or more in designated courses. These certificates appear on transcripts

Certificates of Specialization

Certificates of Specialization are awarded upon successful completion of designated courses (fewer than 16 units, not state approved) in a specific discipline. Some Certificates of Specialization can be earned in eight- or sixteen-week accelerated programs that prepare students for entry-level positions. These certificates do not appear on transcripts.