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Career Education (formerly CTE) Certificates and Degrees

Below a list of all the career education programs available at College of the Desert. Many programs offer industry-recognized certificates that allow you to enter the workforce in your field of study in as little as two semesters! These certificates allow you to start working sooner and can be applied towards achieving an Associate Degree. The possibilities are endless!​


​​Major​​ Certificate Associate Degree (AA/AS) Associate Degree for Transfer (AD-T)
Accounting​ ​C AS​
Administration of Justice ​​C ​AS ​​AS-T
​​​Advanced Transportation Technologies ​​ ​AS
Agri-Business ​AS
Agriculture Food Safety ​C
Agriculture Irrigation Technician ​C
Agriculture Office Assistant ​C
Agriculture Office Professional ​C
Agriculture Pest Management ​C
Agriculture Plant Science ​AS ​AS-T
Agriculture Technician ​C
Agriculture, General ​AS
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration ​C AS​
Air Properties & Economizer Performance ​NC
Alcohol and Drug Studies ​C AS​
Applications and Information Systems AS​
Arborist Technician ​C
Architectural Technology ​C ​AS
Automotive Air Conditioning ​C
Automotive Alternative Fuels ​C
​​Automotive Brakes ​C
​​Automotive Electrical C​
Automotive Emissions ​C
Automotive Engine Management ​C
Automotive Hybrid, Fuel Cell, & Electric Vehicle ​C
Automotive Light and Medium Duty Diesel ​C
Automotive Quick Service ​NC
Automotive Steering, Suspension, & Alignment ​C
Automotive Technology ​AS
Automotive Terminology ​NC
Automotive Transmission & Axle ​C
Automotive, General Service ​C
Baker ​NC
Bilingual Elementary Teacher Assistant Special Education ​C
Bread Baker ​NC
Building & Energy Systems Professionals ​AS
Building Automation Control ​C
Building Commissioning Technician ​C
Building Energy Consultant ​​C
Building Inspection Technology ​C
Business Administration ​AS-T
Business Information - Legal Office Specialist ​C
Business Information - Marketing Specialist ​C
Business Information - Medical Office Specialist ​C
Business Information Worker ​​C
Business Information Worker-Manager ​C
Business, General ​C ​AS
Business, Small ​C
Child and Adolescent Development ​AA-T
CIS: A+ Preparatory ​NC
CIS: Network+ Preparatory ​NC
CIS: Security+ Preparatory ​NC
Commercial Gas Heating ​C
Computer Information Systems ​AS
Construction Management ​C ​AS
Culinary Arts, Basic ​C
Culinary Arts, Intermediate ​C
Culinary Management ​C ​MS
Desert Ecologist ​C
Desert Naturalist ​L*
Digital Design & Production ​C ​AS
Drafting, General ​C ​AS
Early Childhood Education (ECE) ​AS ​AS-T
Early Childhood Education - Associate Teacher ​C
Early Childhood Education - Master Teacher ​C
Early Childhood Education - Site Supervisor ​C
Early Childhood Education - Teacher ​C
Economics ​AA-T
Elementary Teacher Assistant Special Education ​C
Elementary Teacher Assistant Special Education, Bilingual ​C
Elementary Teacher Education ​AA-T
Emergency Medical Care ​C
Emergency Medical Technician ​L*
Environmental Horticulture ​C ​AS
Facilities Operations Technician ​C
Family Child Care ​C
Field Ranger, Natural Resources ​C
Film Production ​AS
Film Production, Advanced ​C
Film Production, Basic ​C
Film, Television, and Electronic Media ​AS-T
Fire Fighter, Basic ​C
Fire Technology ​C ​AS
Fitness Specialist ​C
Golf Management ​C ​AA
Graphic Design & Marketing ​AA
Green HVAC Commercial ​C
Green HVAC Residential ​C
Heat Pumps ​C
Home Health Aide ​L*
Hospitality Management ​C ​AS
Human Resource Generalist ​C
Landscape & Irrigation Technician ​C
Lifeguard Training ​NC
Lighting and Controls Technology ​C
Music Technology ​C
Music, Commercial - Advanced ​C
Music, Commercial - Basic ​C
Musical Theatre ​C
Natural Resources ​AS
Nurse Assistant (CNA) ​L*
Nursing, Registered (RN/ADN) ​AS
Nursing, Vocational (VN/LVN) ​C ​AS
Personal Trainer ​C
Pest Management Technician ​C
Photography, Applied ​C
Police Officer, Reserve ​C
Police Science ​AS
Power Generation and Distribution ​C
Prep Cook ​NC
Proper HVAC System Preparation & System Charging ​NC
Radio Production, Basic ​C
Real Estate Development ​C
Refrigerant Management & EPA-608 Preparation ​NC
Residential Gas Heating ​C
Residential Solar ​C
Residential Solar Installation ​NC
Residential Solar Surveying and Planning ​NC
Retail Management ​C
Social Media Marketing ​C
Solar Battery Storage Installation and Maintenance ​NC
Solar Site Planning Project ​NC
Sports Medicine ​AS
Turfgrass Management ​C ​AS
Turfgrass Management Technician
Water Safety Instructor ​NC
Yoga Teacher Training ​C
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) ​C
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Technology ​C
  * Locally approved certificates are not notated on the student's transcript in accordance with State regulations.

Certificates have three designations: C (credit) certificates, L (local) certificates, and NC (noncredit) certificates.
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