Certificate Programs in USA

What is a Certificate Program in USA?

A Certificate Program is a series of courses providing in-depth study, so you can get the most up-to-date skills and information you need to excel in your chosen field, or transition to a new career. A certificate in the U.S. allows you to attain a certain level of competency in a particular area. Rather than an academically subject-specific program, certificate programs tend to focus more on building skills for specific trades.

Certificate programs allows you to gain a deeper understanding of your industry beyond what a course or workshop provides. Some certificates prepare you to take accreditation exams or meet state-mandated requirements for continuing education.

Quick notes on Certificate Programs in USA

Duration of Certificate Programs in USA

We suggest students to do Certificate Programs that are at least 9-12 months long. Such programs generally allow you to use the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period and you can work in the US after your course.

In general, certificate programs can take approximately two years to complete if you take one course per quarter. Intensive Certificate Programs are typically completed in 10-12 weeks of full-time study. Customized Certificate Programs may take up to five years to complete.

Our recommendation: A 9-12 months certificate program can save time, and will make you eligible for OPT to work in the US

Who should study Certificate Programs?

Certificate programs are structured for learners who in most cases already have degrees, and who need to deepen or expand their knowledge in a particular area. Intended for working professionals, these programs offer practical, hands-on training for real world application.

People earn certificates to:

  • make a career change
  • seek a promotion
  • explore new fields
  • document formal application-based education and stay current with new technologies

These programs may fulfill licensure or certification requirements of professional associations, industry groups, state agencies, or specific corporations. Certificate programs also may prepare students for advanced degree programs and some institutions accept certificate program courses (your 16th year of education you see!)

Cost of Certificate Programs in USA

Some top certificate programs in the US can really be reasonably priced. You may spend about Rs 8 to Rs 10 lacs for the entire course for one year

GMAT / GRE Requirement for Certificate Programs in USA

GMAT or GRE is NOT required to study Certificate Programs. Voila!

IELTS / TOEFL Requirement for Certificate Programs in USA

Either IELTS or TOEFL is compulsory for international students to study Certificate courses in the US. Recommended score in IELTS is 6.5 overall and in TOEFL iBT is 88

Optional Practical Training (OPT) on Certificate Programs in USA

Students are eligible for ONE year OPT after completing a certificate program in USA. This means, students can use the one year period to work in the US

Why Study a Certificate Program in USA?

Making the personal investment in a certificate shows your employer a serious commitment to your field and increases your value in the workplace. Achieving a certificate can give you a competitive edge in hiring and promoting situations. Some of our certificates prepare you to take accreditation exams or meet state-mandated requirements for continuing education. And, over the course of a certificate program, many students have opportunities to work closely with instructors and fellow students, providing a valuable professional network for the future

Apply for a Certificate Program in USA
Book your free consultation today with our US education experts, and get all the information about studying a certificate program in the USA. Some of our recent students have joined Certificate programs at UC Berkeley Extension, UCLA Extension, and such other top US Institutions!

You can also drop us a message at +91 70505 12345 and our US education counsellor will get back to you!

Additional Information

While some Universities offer Diploma and mostly all other Universities call it the Certificate Program!


You can get an audio technology diploma, business diploma, neuroscience diploma… or many other subjects you can think of as well! The duration is 1-2 years usually. Diploma’s are given at the UG level, while Post-Graduate Diploma in USA are, of course, given after the completion of a Bachelor’s degree. At the UG level, diplomas are generally vocational and usually offered by colleges or private universities.


These are short-term programs where you can study anything – financial crimes investigation, six sigma foundations, construction estimation, behavioural support, hospitality sales, public health, ecommerce marketing, negotiation, paralegal studies, animation, etc. Some institutes offering these certificate courses in USA are:

UC Berkeley Extension, UCLA Extension, UC Davis Extension, University of Southern California, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, University of California, University of Delaware, University of Florida, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Maine, University of Nevada, State University of New York, University of Dayton, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Houston, University of North Texas, University of Texas, University of Utah, Berkeley College, Arizona Western College, Cabrillo College, Chaffey College, City College of San Francisco, Cypress College, Golden West College, Irvine Valley College, Long Beach City College, Los Angeles City College, MiraCosta College, Orange Coast College, Palomar College, Santa Ana College, Santa Barbara City College,Santa Monica College, Sierra College, Seminole State College of Florida, College of Chicago, College of DuPage, College of Lake County, College of Southern Nevada, Baruch College, Brooklyn College of the City of New York, Lehman College, Bellevue College, Cascadia College, Centralia College, Clark College, Clover Park Technical College, Green River College, Highline College, North Seattle College, Olympic College, Pierce College, Northwest College, etc.

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In case you’re confused about your studies in USA, we can help you solve the problem. Once we meet you, and your parents or spouse, we ask you questions to get a clearer idea of your preferences, restrictions, and goals. This will allow us to make a range of suggestions with regard to locations and universities. With more discussions we’ll help you pick between them and narrow it down to the right selection of safe, moderate and ambitions options. We will make your process of studying in USA hassle-free.

We are experts at what we do. Since 2002 we have helped 1000s of students (personally). As one of the leading overseas education consultants in Mumbai, the collective experience of our team of experts go beyond a 100 years. Many of us have studied abroad and know exactly what your requirements will be, what kind of universities should be best suited for your future, what you need to do to get there.

We are extremely personal. Students ask us 1000s of questions and we enjoy replying to these. You will have one dedicated team member who you will be able to contact throughout the service. We don’t count the number of hours spent on you. We don’t shed away responsibilities. We work on your side and have just one thing in mind—to get you your best in your career.

We enjoy when you get scholarships or you save money. Over 70% of our applicants will earn some form of scholarship / financial aid / bursary.

We keep in touch with Universities. We keep in touch with our past students. We know exactly what a University will require or we can identify it very (very) easily. We help you build your profile, craft a great resume, and statement of purpose (SOP)/essays and bring out the best in you while presenting you to a University. Chances of your admissions evidently rise because we are around.

We help you right from start to end in the process ie. from selecting the right course and university list, documentation preparation, filling out and checking of forms, applying to universities, to securing admission offers, helping you finalize the best choice of university, visa guidance (including documentation, mock interview rounds, application), accommodation booking and much more. Hey! IELTS coaching is also available at our centre. We are brilliant with our essay editing services (remember – you will have to end up writing 18 to 24 essays when you apply to 8 to 10 Universities). We are simply there for everything! #enoughsaid

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