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Are Certificate Programs Worth It?

Published: February 3, 2016 | Updated: October 12, 2020

Just because you can’t afford the time or money to pursue a four year degree doesn’t mean you don’t deserve an actual career. Lots of people a lot like you have built long and successful careers starting with certificates. 

Here are some reasons why certificate programs are worth it.

Certificate Programs Lead to Career Opportunities and Better Pay

Certificate programs are career-focused, and they provide you with a level of accomplishment that looks good to employers. As a result, you should expect more career opportunities and better pay after you complete a certificate program. Think of a certificate like a stamp of approval that shows employers you have the skills and knowledge for the job.

Certificate Programs Are Short and Less Expensive

One of the advantages of certificate programs is the expected length of completion. You can earn most certificates in months instead of years. So, you do not have to spend much time away from work to earn a certificate.

Also, because certificate programs are shorter than degree programs, they are usually much less expensive. Do not expect a significant financial commitment to complete a certificate program.

Some Certificate Programs Count Toward a Degree

Even if you choose to enroll in a certificate program, that does not mean a college degree is out of the question. In some cases, you can count your certificate coursework toward a future degree. This is helpful if you are interested in a certain field of work but do not want to make such a big investment so soon in your education. You can earn a certificate first, and then if you want to continue, you can transfer some credits into a full degree.

Certificate Programs Teach Specific Skills for the Job

Certificate programs are specific, so you only spend time on coursework that is relevant to your field of work. For example, if you enroll in a medical assisting certificate program, you will only learn medical skills that help you on the job. You will not spend much time on material that does not have to do with medical assisting.

There Are So Many Certificate Programs Available

What stands out with certificate programs is the number of options available. There are certificates for business, medicine, education, and technology, as well as virtually every other field. Here are some of our favorite certificate programs.

Dental Assisting Certificate Program

There will be more than 200,000 practicing dentists in the U.S. by 2025 and all those dentists need help! With a certificate in dental assisting you could enter a profession that expects much faster than average job growth through 2024. A certificate program will teach you all about effective chairside assistance, proper sterilization procedures and how to take and process dental x-rays. You’ll learn about front office procedures and the importance of guarding patient privacy.

Medical Assisting Certificate Program

Medical assistants are in even higher demand than dental assistants! A medical assisting certificate program will provide you with a basic understanding of human anatomy and also instruction on the clinical and technical skills of medical assisting. You’ll learn about direct patient care and all the modern medical technology that will help you perform your job well. The best certificate programs also give you the opportunity to gets some hands-on experience in real clinical settings with actual patients.

Trades Certificate Programs

Are you good with your hands? Do you like figuring things out and solving puzzles? A career in the trades might be right for you. Vocational training in fields like Welding or Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration can provide you with the skills you’ll need to get started in a new career.


At Charter College, we offer a wide variety of career training programs that can help you enter a new profession and build a career. Are you ready to move from a dead-end job to an actual career? Then check out all we have to offer in programs like business, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, paralegal studies, veterinary assistant and the trades. Ready to change your life?