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ERIC Number: EJ994857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
Certificates: A Fast Track to Careers
Torpey, Elka
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v56 n4 p2-13, 15-17 Win 2012-2013
Certificates are nondegree 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 one will need to have answered are the following: (1) What occupations can certificates prepare me for?; (2) What are some benefits and drawbacks to getting a certificate?; and (3) How can I find a program that's right for me? This article answers these and other questions about certificates and certificate programs. The first section of the article describes certificates and some of the occupations that require them. The second section explains some potential benefits and drawbacks to these educational awards. The third section offers advice on evaluating certificate programs. The final section provides additional sources of information. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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