Programs usually consist of at least 18 units or credits, and are intended to
certify that students who have successfully completed the program are
prepared to enter the careers associated with the chosen certificate.
They usually take at least one to two years to complete. These are typically
available at community colleges or junior colleges and are also
occasionally available online.
In addition, several
organizations offer certificate training programs specifically developed
for their products. For example, Microsoft
offers certifications for nearly every Microsoft application for IT
professionals, developers, office workers, home users, and technology
trainers. In addition,
Cisco certificate programs focus on customer service, support, and
Note: Some resources
in this section are provided by the U.S.