Certificate of Achievement

For those desiring a shorter course of study, WNC offers Certificates of Achievement in many occupational areas. Students enrolled in any of these programs will benefit from hands-on laboratory experiences within their major field. They will enter the job market with specific skills and knowledge useful for employment and advancement. In some cases, courses may not transfer to other Nevada community colleges and Nevada State College or to other colleges and universities.

See a WNC counselor for the latest transfer information. Courses with a number under 100 (such as ENG 95) are not applicable toward a Certificate of Achievement at WNC. Courses completed through Certificates of Achievement provide basis for Associate of Applied Science degrees.

The purpose of the Certificate of Achievement is to provide employment-related knowledge and skills.

The successful student will:

  • Know the subject matter appropriate to the emphasis of the certificate.
  • Acquire the skills necessary for employment or career enhancement.
  • Successfully represent themselves to a potential employer.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and computational skills appropriate to the certificate area.
  • Utilize appropriate resources for remaining current in the certificate area.
  • Have developed an appreciation of the importance of social, ethical, legal and diversity issues.

Certificate Requirements
30 total units chosen from the following categories:

3-6 units

Must include a writing course.
Business: 107, 108
Communication: 101, 102, 113, 215
Criminal Justice: 103
Journalism: 201
Writing Course; Business 108,
English 100, 101, 102, 107 or any other
200 level English class.

3 Units

Business: 115
Economics: 261, 262
Psychology: 210
Sociology: 210
Statistics: 152

Human Relations
1-3 units

Anthropology: 101, 201
Business: 110
Counseling and Personal Development: 117, 129
Criminal Justice: 270
Early Childhood Education: 121
Educational Psychology: 150
Human Development & Family Studies: 201, 202
Management: 201, 212, 283
Nursing: 261
Psychology (except for PSY 210)
Sociology (except for SOC 210)

Program Requirements
30 units are required for any certificate of achievement, although the exact number of units required may differ with particular subject matter.