Certificates and CEUs FAQs

What is a certificate program?

A certificate program is a group of courses that, when combined, provide you with a marketable skill in the job market. Certificate programs are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as programs, and students must officially finish the program to receive the certificate in that program​.​

How do I enter a certificate program?

Some certificate programs require that you have certain prerequisite skills. Please check for the special admission criteria at the offering campus' website.

What is a certificate of completion?

A certificate of completion may be issued after you successfully finish an individual course or a group of courses.

Certificates of completion are awarded by the college and are not considered “programs” by the state, since they do not meet the program hour guidelines. The courses may provide you with a marketable skill leading to employment or further employment opportunities.

​​What are Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

When a class is designated as a work skills development course, you are eligible to receive CEUs upon successful completion of the class objectives. In state-funded workforce/technical classes, one CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours of participation in class.

The CEU is not a substitute for college credit. It is simply a way to record and report the courses you have participated in. CEUs are recorded, and you can request an official transcript of that record for your employer or personal records.​