Schools Offering Certificate Programs in California

California higher-learning institutions offer a plethora of credit and non-credit certificate programs. The largest 2-year community colleges in the state that offer certificate programs include Riverside Community College, City College of San Francisco and American River College in Sacramento.

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Largest Colleges and Universities Offering Certificate Programs in California

Riverside Community College

Established in 1916, Riverside Community College has its main campus in Riverside, as well as two others in Moreno Valley and Norco. The 2-year community college offers both occupational and college certificates; occupational certificates require at least 4-17 units of study, while college certificates take at least 18 units of study and may lead to an associate's degree. Students can choose among certificate programs in like geographic information systems mapping, international business, operations and production management, computer programming, early childhood education and vocational nursing. Riverside Community College also has flexible program options, including evening, weekend and online courses.

Contact Information

  • Address: 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506
  • Phone Number: (951) 222-8000

City College of San Francisco

The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has 11 campuses scattered throughout the San Francisco Bay area, with its main one called the Ocean campus. Including all of its campuses, CCSF has become one of the largest community colleges in the country. CCSF offers more than 140 credit and non-credit certificate of achievement and certificate of accomplishment programs. These programs can take anywhere from one semester to two years to complete. Certificate programs are available in child development, office technology, dance, biotechnology, marketing, medical transcription and more.

Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112
  • Phone Number: (415) 239-3000

American River College in Sacramento, CA

American River College, located in Sacramento, opened its doors in 1955 as the American River Junior College. Today the school offers more than 40 certificate programs, which last from one semester to two years in length. Certificate programs are available in accounting, law and legal research, business, international studies and natural resources. Paramedic training and fire technology certificate programs are also available through the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center.

Contact Information

  • Address: 4700 College Oak Dr., Sacramento, CA 95841
  • Phone Number: (916) 484-8011

Top 20 Largest Colleges and Universities Offering Certificate Programs in California

College/UniversityStudent PopulationInstitution Type
Riverside Community College36,1462-year, Public
City College of San Francisco34,8682-year, Public
American River College34,6102-year, Public
East Los Angeles College34,0652-year, Public
Santa Ana College33,9162-year, Public
Santa Monica College31,4042-year, Public
Mt. San Antonio College30,0262-year, Public
El Camino Community College District27,0982-year, Public
Long Beach City College26,9272-year, Public
Palomar College26,8052-year, Public
Pasadena City College26,7132-year, Public
Sacramento City College26,1282-year, Public
De Anza College26,0562-year, Public
Fresno City College24,7832-year, Public
Orange Coast College24,7422-year, Public
Cerritos College23,2362-year, Public
San Diego Mesa College23,0592-year, Public
Los Angeles Pierce College22,4342-year, Public
Fullerton College22,0682-year, Public
Southwestern College22,0302-year, Public
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