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Is a Certificate Right for You?

At ACC, we offer over a hundred degree and certificate programs grouped into seven pathways:

  • Arts, Communication, & Design
  • Business
  • Global, Human, & Social Sciences
  • Health
  • Math & Sciences
  • Public Services
  • Technology

Certificate programs provide specialized training in a subject within your field of study. Certifications are the proof that you have the technical proficiency to perform these tasks and operations. They can be earned concurrently with your degree, so that when you graduate you can include them on your resume to improve your chances of getting hired. If you’re already working in the field of your choice, they can be used to bolster your career prospects for promotions.

We offer certificate programs in the following five Pathways for these subjects:

Arts, Communication & Design

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Computer Aided Drafting – Architecture
  • Computer Aided Drafting – Interior Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Residential Kitchen and Bath Design Specialist
  • Sound Engineering
  • Web Design


  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Administration
  • Construction Management – Estimating
  • Construction Management Fundamentals
  • Project Management
  • Retail Management


  • EMT
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Technology Billing and Reimbursement
  • Nurse Aide
  • Paramedic
  • Paramedic Preparation
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical Nursing

Public Services

  • Early Childhood Director
  • Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Supervisor
  • Early Childhood Teacher CDHS Minimal Qualifications
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Law Enforcement Academy
  • Paralegal


  • Advanced Automotive Electrical/Electronics
  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Automotive Service Management
  • Broadband Customer Care
  • Broadband Leadership
  • Broadband Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting – Engineering Graphics Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Network Technology
  • Computer Network Technology – CISCO
  • Computer Technician
  • Engineering Graphics Technologies – Mechanical Drafting

Certificates offer strong complements to our associate degrees. A phlebotomy certificate is useful if you’re working on your Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology, since lab tests frequently require obtaining blood samples from patients. An early childhood director certificate will help you move up the career ladder if you’re working on your Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. The computer graphics certificate can boost your proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite for Multimedia, Graphic Design, and Illustration majors. These are just three examples of ways that certificates can complement your degree choice. Depending on your career choice, there’s a certificate program that can give it a boost.

We also have select certificate programs offered through alternate programs. Current students with Colorado’s Finest High School are eligible to earn certificates in cosmetology and esthetics. Students participating in our Elevate at ACC program are eligible to earn our Comprehensive Higher Education certificate upon completion of the program.

If you’re interested in earning a certificate along with your degree, check our academic pathways page to see which certificates are connected to your area of interest, and make an appointment with our advising office to discuss your academic plan at ACC.