Certificates

In addition to the four degrees available through Lamar Community College, students may earn a Certificate of Study by successfully completing specific sequences of coursework. Certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs in occupational and professional areas. They also provide the opportunity to upgrade skills or acquire additional skills in occupational fields.

Gainful Employment Disclosure’s located on certificate pages.

Certificate Program Study Plans

In addition to the four degrees available through Lamar Community College, students may earn a Certificate of Study by successfully completing specific sequences of coursework.

Students enrolling in certificate programs are subject to the same basic skills requirements as those enrolling in degree programs.


Accounting Certificate

This one-year program teaches the student basic accounting and payroll skills and offers more accounting theory than the bookkeeping certificate program. It augments a student’s basic writing skills as well. With electives, the student may pursue additional knowledge in income tax, business law, business report writing, and/or accounting software packages. The certificate prepares the student to be a full charge bookkeeper in an accounting department and equips the student with the skills needed to advance beyond that level. The program gives the student the necessary academic background to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in accounting, if one so desires.

Advanced Horsemanship Certificate

This one-year certificate within the Horse Training and Management program builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in the Starting Colts certificate program. It combines hands-on experience with a one-semester internship with a professional trainer.

Admission to this certificate program requires prior successful completion of the Starting Colts certificate program, or permission of the program instructors.

Agriculture Certificate

This one year certificate allows students to focus solely on agriculture studies. It introduces students to the basics of animal science, agronomy and ag business.

Barber Certificate

The Barber certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a barber, including working with the scalp and hair of the head, performing face shaving and beard trimming and basic barber facials. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities.  It offers the newest techniques and hands-on experience needed, as well as the business skills and management preparation to launch a successful career in the barbering industry.  The course of study has been approved by the Colorado State Office of Barbers and Cosmetology.

Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate

A one year certificate, this program prepares the student to do bookkeeping work in the accounting department. The program teaches the student basic accounting and payroll skills and introduces the student to some of the basic software packages available including some spreadsheet applications. The student may focus on business technology or computerized accounting through electives.

Business Certificate

Today’s business support personnel perform functions in coordination of various activities in an organization. Upon successful completion of the Business Certificate program, students possess basic skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level position in a business organization.

Carpentry Certificate

The Carpentry Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in commercial and residential carpentry practice. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills. Students interested in starting their own carpentry contracting business may want to consider enrolling in additional coursework offered through the Business program to complement their electrical skills.

CISCO Certified Network Associate Certificate

Get the real world, in-demand skills to be successful in IT network administration in this concentrated certificate of study.

Computer Technician Certificate

The Computer Technician certificate prepares students for entry level positions as a computer technician, focusing on computer repair, installation and maintenance of operating systems, networking, and basic security principles.

Cosmetology Certificate

The Cosmetology Department offers four certificate programs designed to provide the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to acquire licensure in these fields. The course of study in each field has been approved by the Colorado State Office of Barbers and Cosmetology. The Cosmetology certificate is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a cosmetologist.

Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced.

Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Desktop Publishing/Business Graphics Certificate

This certificate program prepares students for jobs requiring knowledge of and skill in word processing, image manipulation, font selection and use, and other small-scale publishing tasks.

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Certificate

Successful completion of the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic certificate allows a student to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Basic Exam. The curriculum includes basic trauma and medical assessment as well as treatment of the sick and injured. In most cases, EMS students qualify for partial or full scholarships.

Fundamental Horse Training Certificate

This one-year certificate within the HTM program is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills to prepare them for introduction to the Horse Training industry. Students will complete the 100 level courses found in the Horse Training AAS degree but earn a certificate of study.

Hair Stylist Certificate

The Hair Stylist Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a hair stylist. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Students may enter in the fall semester.

Historic Preservation Certificates

The college offers a Construction Trades / Historic Preservation program that includes certificates in historic preservation generalist and historic preservation research & documentation.

Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate

As an option to the two-year ladder registered nursing (R.N.) program, students may choose to obtain a Practical Nurse Certificate after successfully completing Level I. See Nursing Program for more information.

Microcomputer Applications Certificate

This certificate program introduces managers, small business owners, secretarial/clerical workers, and other computer users to a broad range of office applications software in use today.

Microsoft Office Suite Master

This certificate prepares students to become Microsoft Certified in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and MS Powerpoint.

Nail Technician Certificate

The Nail Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the exam for licensure as a nail technician. Instruction is provided through classroom, clinical, and applied learning activities delivered in three phases: introduction, intermediate, and advanced. Courses are offered in the summer semester only.

Certified Nurse Aide Certificate

This certificate program allows students to enter the nursing profession at its most basic level. Successful completion of the course qualifies the student to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination.

Starting Colts Certificate

This one-year certificate within the HTM program is designed to provide students, through hands-on experience, with the skills and knowledge needed to break colts for riding.

Small Business Management, Financial Analysis & Planning

This certificate is designed to help students understand the various financial statements including: balance statement, income statement, and the statement of cash flows. Students will learn how to use computer generated data to produce these statements and how to interpret the data to begin planning their business’ financial future.

Small Business Management, Marketing Planning

This certificate helps students plan a marketing strategy for their business while learning how to identify, assess, and manage risk. Students will learn how to implement their marketing and risk management plans to maximize profits.

Small Business Management, Marketing & E-Commerce

This certificate introduces students to the basics of web page building along with a marketing plan to sell their product online. Students get hands-on, practical application in the creation and maintenace of a website for their own business.

Small Business Management, Records & Computerization

This certificate will guide students in the implementation of a computerized record keeping system for their business. Topics covered include: computer terminology, financial tracking software, pro forma financial statements, and basic accounting principles. Emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining an accurate set of computerized financial records.

Small Business Management, Small Business Planning

This certificate is designed to provide students with the foundations of small business management. Students will learn how to use their computer to keep records and prepare a business plan. Topics covered include: computer terminology, balance sheet concepts, accounting principles, various legal structures of a business, and human resource management.

Welding Certificate

The Welding Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in welding technology. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills. Students interested in starting their own welding contracting business may want to consider enrolling in additional coursework offered through the Business program to complement their welding skills.