No time or money to earn a college degree? No problem. An educational certificate may be a good option, but do your homework first. That way, you’ll know if a certificate is the best choice for you. Certificates are non-degree awards for completing an educational program of study after high school. Typically, students finish these programs to prepare for a specific occupation. And they do so in a relatively short period of time: Most certificates take less than a year to complete, and almost all are designed to take less than 2 years. Among the questions about certificates that you will need to have answered are the following:
- What occupations can certificates prepare me for?
- What are some benefits and drawbacks to getting a certificate?
- How can I find a program that’s right for me?