CTE Programs/Divisions (*Career Pathways Checklist)

CTE Division/Programs  Skill Award
(15-18 units)
(27-36 units)
Associate's Degree
(60 units >)
Associate's Degrees for Transfer (ADT)



Visual & Performing Arts

Health Sciences


Social Sciences 

Skill Awards (also known as Skill Certificates) are awards that consist of a group of courses totaling 18 or fewer units. The purpose of these awards is to recognize achievement in a particular area of study. Certificate Programs are primarily business and technical programs for students desiring education beyond high school. These programs provide opportunities for students to prepare themselves for a wide variety of careers.  The requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree may be met by completing a Major with a minimum of 18 semester units and the General Education Requirements.   Or,  The requirements for the Associate in Science Degree may be met by completing the graduation requirements in addition to the certificate requirements. California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.


*Career Pathways Checklist

The checklist is a visual guide toward completing a Skill Award, Certificate or Associate Degree requirements. It’s a progress checklist sheet (example checklist) with information about certificate prerequisite courses, units, and transfer credit eligibility courses. In addition to online resources and overview of career pathways.  

Please confirm all certificate requirements to the current course catalog. Note: A grade of C or better is required in each course.