Certificates of Achievement (COAs) prepare students for a career or upgrade job skills for those already in the workforce. In many cases, students may later be able to apply courses completed in their COA towards an Associate Degree or Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT).
Featured COAs Offering a Fully Online Pathway*
Arts and Humanities
Applied Photography (Santa Barbara)
Business – Accounting/Finance
Accounting (American River)
Accounting (Santa Ana)
Accounting (West LA)
Accounting and Finance (Lake Tahoe)
Accounting Clerk (American River)
Accounting Technician (Lake Tahoe)
Bookkeeping (Santa Ana)
General Accounting (Santa Ana)
Professional Accounting (Santa Ana)
Business – Computing/Office Professional
BSOT Administrative Office Assistant (Cerro Coso)
BSOT Office Clerk (Cerro Coso)
Business Office Technology (Cerro Coso)
Computer Applications for Small Business (American River)
MS Office Professional (Santa Ana)
Business – Management/Leadership
Business Administration – Management (Fresno)
Business Leadership (Saddleback)
Business Management (Ventura)
Management (American River)
Management (Cerro Coso)
Retail Management (American River)
Computer Technology/Information Systems
Business Application & Database Management (West Los Angeles)
CIS Computer Networking Management (American River)
CIS Microcomputer Applications (American River)
Data Analyst I (Cerro Coso)
Information Technology (Cerro Coso)
Information Technology Plus (Cerro Coso)
Network Administration Essentials – Windows (American River)
Health Care/Allied Health
Administrative Medical Assisting (Cerro Coso)
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (Hartnell)
Cancer Information Management (Santa Barbara)
Healthcare Data Analytics (Santa Barbara)
Medical Coding Specialist (Santa Barbara)
Philosophy (Contra Costa)
Paralegal Studies (Cerro Coso)
How does it work?
Certificates of Achievement (COAs) are relatively short programs of study designed for students wishing to enter a new career or enhance their current job skills. Typically, COAs focus on major courses and do not include general education coursework. In many cases, COA coursework can also satisfy Associate Degree or Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) requirements. Contact your college counselor to determine the best option for you.
Can I earn a COA online?
Yes! The certificates listed on this page can be completed 100% online. Be sure to contact a counselor at your college to establish a formal student education plan. This way you will take all the courses you need (and only the courses you need).
What if I am not currently attending a college?
If you haven’t yet chosen a college, feel free to select any college that offers the program you are interested in. If you’d like to choose a college near you, use the Find a Community College Locator Page. But, keep in mind, not all of those colleges offer fully online programs.
How do I apply and enroll?
Once you have decided which program meets your needs, contact that college’s admissions office or visit their web page for application procedures. Applications are available online. Once you submit your application and are accepted, you will receive a student identification number and your date to start registration.
What if my college doesn’t offer all the courses I need?
If your home college does not offer a course you need in any particular term, you can use our Finish Faster Online! course finder, which provides up-to-date online course listings at community colleges throughout California. After completion, you will need to transfer those course units back to your home college. (Check with your home college counselor first to confirm that courses taken at another college will satisfy a requirement for your certificate program.)
Do I have to be a California resident to enroll in these programs?
The COA programs listed above are generally available to all U.S. citizens (and even some international students). However, students who do not live in California will generally be required to pay higher out-of-state enrollment fees. Contact the admissions office at your college for more information.
* The opportunities listed above do not represent all fully online COA programs available in California’s community college system. Contact your college to determine if it offers additional programs that you can earn entirely online.