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Do you want to continue your education beyond high school but you just aren’t the type of person who wants to travel the typical college route? Do you realize that in order to be successful in our society you will need to learn a specific skill of some sort? Do you know that you will need some level of formal training to be prepared to enter the work force? If you answered with a resounding yes to these questions, then maybe pursuing a certificate program would be a great fit for you and your career goals.

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Certificate programs are designed to teach students everything they need to know about a particular field of study. This type of educational program will allow you the chance to learn valuable and applicable technical skills that will give you an edge against fellow job seekers in today’s market. It is important to understand that upon completion of a certificate based program, you will receive a certificate instead of a diploma. However, you can expect to be finished with the requirements of a certificate program within approximately two years of study. Many students chose to pursue a certificate based program because they are generally a great way to prepare for state licensing exams in your field. It is important to note that due to the increased demand for individuals who have specific, job relevant skills and knowledge, more and more certificate programs are becoming available. For instance, you can complete a certificate program if you want to work as a paralegal, as a phlebotomist, as an information technology technician, or as a medical coder, among other options. It will be important for you to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the particular program you plan to pursue; in some cases you may be required to have completed a formal degree program in the field of study or to have a specific amount of relevant experience before you can be admitted into the program.

It is common for certificate programs to be offered at local community colleges and vocational institutes. In addition, some larger corporations may offer their own training programs to their employees or prospective employees. This training method helps to ensure that their employees all have training that is specific to the responsibilities that they will be expected to perform. It will probably be a good idea to become familiar with the certificate programs that are offered in your area. This should help you make a more informed decision regarding whether a certificate program will address your educational needs and adequately prepare you for the work force.

While the majority of the training you will receive in a certificate based program will be in a hands-on format, you may have the opportunity to complete some of the requirements in an online format. It is most common for instruction in a certificate program to be laboratory or field-based; however, some programs will consist of more classroom-based, instructional learning.