Certificates provide students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners with skills and knowledge through academic coursework.

Certificates only require nine to 12 credit hours of coursework and most certificates can be completed in six to 12 months. Courses completed as part of the certificate will appear on the student’s official transcript, but the name of the certificate program will not appear on academic records. 

Undergraduate-level certificates require no previous background knowledge or coursework. Graduate-level certificates are designed for current students, non-degree students, professionals seeking credentials, and all other learners pursuing post-bachelor’s degree education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can earn certificates?

Everyone can collect credentials and skills for personal and professional needs.

First-year students pursue certificates to build their skills. This helps make them even more career-ready when they graduate.

Professionals use certificates to further their careers and explore other options. Lifelong learners like the variety of topics and coursework flexibility.

How will a certificate benefit me as a professional?

A certificate shows your employer you’re committed to learning and growing. It might give you the boost you need to take on more responsibility, ask for the raise you deserve, or go for a promotion. It could also help you see opportunities outside your industry that you hadn’t considered.

How much do certificates cost?

Certificates cost less than a degree, and the investment in yourself will certainly pay off. They can cost between $4,500 and $6,500.

 

How much time will it take to complete a certificate?

You can complete some certificates in just six months. Some take a couple of years. Most fall between those time frames.

Will I need to attend scheduled classes? When can I start?

The course delivery methods for certificates vary. Some are online, some are in person, and some are a mix. Some courses meet together at the same time, and some are self-paced.

How do I sign up?

Check out each individual ACES certificate to learn more about the application, admissions, and registration process.

Who can help me if I need more information?

Debra Korte
Director for learning innovation and e-learning
College of ACES
dskorte@illinois.edu
217-244-8086