Certificate & Degree Programs

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!

* 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.

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  
Agriculture 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
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, 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