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Certificates of Achievement

Certificate programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter a particular field of employment or to provide in-service training for those already employed.
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Certificates of Achievement


Majors leading to technical competence in a variety of occupational areas are available at Coastline. The curriculum on the following pages leads to a certificate of achievement or, with additional work in general education, an associate in arts (A.A.) degree. Certificate programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter a particular field of employment or to provide in-service training for those already employed.

Certificates of achievement are awarded when students complete the course requirements of a specific program with a 2.0 grade point average and are in attendance at the time requirements are completed. The student must file a petition for graduation during his/her final semester in order to receive the certificate. The form may be obtained from the Counseling Department or Transfer Center located in Garden Grove. Students must earn a minimum of 12 units of coursework at Coastline, excluding experiential credit. Those with prior experience may be excused from certain courses. However, the total number of required units must be completed; 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at Coastline. Any certificate of achievement may be used as the major for an A.A. degree—Option I.*

* Students wishing to substitute or waive courses that satisfy certificate or A.A. degree requirements must see a counselor and complete a Petition to Substitute and/or Waive Academic Requirements and Regulations. Forms may be obtained in the Admissions office of Student Services.

For a complete list of certificates, access the college catalog.

Accounting

Certificate of Achievement: Accounting

The Accounting Certificate consists of three options that will prepare an individual for preparation in the accounting field as bookkeepers, junior accountants, or tax practitioners.
 
For detailed information on the courses required to complete the Certificates in Accounting, consult the Coastline Course Catalog.

Biological Laboratory Technician

Certificate of Achievement: Biological Laboratory Technician

Biological laboratory technicians are employed in research and development laboratories and process development laboratories. Biological laboratory technicians can be expected to maintain equipment, maintain media stocks, and assist scientists in research projects or developing quality control process. They must demonstrate good laboratory practices, good communication skills, and be computer literate. They must be able to work both independently and in a team, keep good records, and present project results in group or company meetings.
Required CoursesUnits
BIOL C100 Introduction to Biology3.0
BIOL C101 Introduction to Biology Lab1.0
BIOT C100 Introduction to Biological Technology Skills4.0
BIOT C105 Biological Technology Skills II4.0
BIOT C110 Overview of Quality Assurance3.0
CHEM C110 Introduction to Chemistry5.0
CHEM C180 General Chemistry4.0
CHEM C180L General Chemistry Lab1.0
Total Certificate Units 25.0

Building Codes Technology

Certificate of Achievement: Building Codes Technology

The Building Codes Technology Certificate Program consists of four concentrations which focuses on both commercial and residential building code coursework for individuals employed either in the inspection field or the construction industry or for those new to the industry. Coastline's building Code courses are designed to help prepare individuals for jobs as either: Combination Building Inspector, Combination Residential Inspector, Code Professional, or as a Permit Technician. This certificate meets Education requirements for state certification and can help prepare students for the International Code Council (ICC) certification exams.
 
For detailed information on the courses required to complete the Certificates in Building Codes Technology, consult the Coastline Course Catalog.

Business

Certificate of Achievement: Business

The Business Certificate consists of four concentrations that will prepare an individual to have an understanding of business practices and provides students with the opportunity to select specific courses to meet their professional or personal business goals. The four concentrations will provide entry-level professionals with knowledge and skills to work in a variety of business environments.
 
For detailed information on the courses required to complete the Certificates in Business, consult the Coastline Course Catalog.

Digital Media Foundation

Certificate of Achievement: Digital Media Design

Completion of the Digital Media Design Certificate will prepare students for entry-level positions in print, graphic design, digital media, animation/gaming graphics, web design, and/or other related occupations. Students will establish a strong foundation in both the technical and creative aspects of the digital media industry.

The program will emphasize creativity, design skills, digital portfolios, project management, problem solving, global teamwork, and entrepreneurship options.

For detailed information on the courses required to complete the Certificate in Digital Media Design, consult the Coastline Course Catalog.


Gerontology

Certificate of Achievement: Gerontology

Gerontology, the interdisciplinary study of aging, offers students an understanding of their own aging and of society's response to the increasing population of older people. Biological, psychological and sociological aspects of aging are explored. Gerontology coursework will provide information about the aging process and training to work in services and agencies that interact with older people.
 
Students have the option of completing the certificate in gerontology or the A.A. degree. The certificate offers training to two groups of individuals: those seeking new careers in gerontology and those who wish to advance their present careers by adding professional gerontology education and training components to their qualifications.Courses for the certificate requirements can be completed on-line. A variety of classroom based courses are also available each semester You may wish to visit the Gerontology Program home page for more details.
Required Courses Units
(Students will complete all off the following classes)  
BIOL C120 Biology of Aging 3.0
PSYC C170 Psychology of Aging 3.0
SOC C120 Introduction to Gerontology 3.0
GERO C120 Professional Issues in Gerontology 3.0
Select a minimum of two units from Electives below: 2.0
Select a minimum of three units from Field Courses below: 3.0
** Select an additional courses as needed to complete the certificate: 4.0
Total Required Course Units 21.0
Program Electives (minimum 2 Units Required) Units
FN C175 Nutrition and Aging 3.0
GERO C123 Activity Director Certificate 2.0
GERO C124 Aging Policy 3.0
GERO C130 Techniques of Working with Frail Elderly 3.0
GERO C190-195 Aging Issues 0.5-3.0
HLTH C175 Healthy Aging 3.0
LAW C142 Probate Administration/Estate Planning 3.0
LAW C148 Elder Law 1.5
Field Courses (minimum 3 Units Required) Units
GERO C273 Career in Gerontology: Field Practicum 3.0
GERO C281-C284 Work Based Learning 1.0-4.0
** Students select additional courses from those listed above or electives from other related fields (for example: Health, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Life Sciences) to complete the 21 units required for the certificate.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Students must obtain a current American Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR Card.

*For information about the Coastline College/Cal State Fullerton degree partnership in human services and gerontology call (714) 241-2613 at Coastline College or Human Services Office, CSUF, (714) 278-2255.

Management and Supervision Leadership

Certificate of Achievement: Management and Supervision Leadership

The Management and Supervision Leadership Certificate recognizes the formal leadership study, participation and student commitment to student government at Coastline Community College, as well as to student government organizations in the local region and the State of California. Students receiving the Leadership Certificate will have developed skills related to evaluating and assessing leadership characteristics and skills, communicating within groups, managing conflict, setting goals, solving problems creatively, facilitating effective decision-making, delegating tasks, inspiring a shared vision, motivating and enabling others, utilizing parliamentary procedures and conducting effective meetings. Employers and four-year transfer institutions often place value upon involvement in student government or other direct leadership development activities.
 
Required Courses Units
MS C144 Introduction to Leadership 3.0
MS C145 Personal Leadership 3.0
MS C150 Organizational Leadership 1 3.0
MS C151 Organizational Leadership 2 3.0
Total Required Course Units 12.0

Office Support Specialist

Certificate of Achievement: Office Support Specialist

An online and hands-on program consists of six concentrations and is designed to prepare students to work in an office environment. Each concentration utilizes a solid core consisting of keyboarding, computing, and office procedures. Upon completing the core, there is a concentration to specialize in an area of office support such as clerical, general office, and financial.
 
For detailed information on the courses required to complete the Certificates in Office Support Specialist, consult the Coastline Course Catalog.

Paralegal Studies

Certificate of Achievement: Paralegal Studies

Students who do not already possess an associate in arts or bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university must complete the associate degree (60 units) as specified below. These requirements are in compliance with the ABA Guidelines for paralegal programs. Degree candidate students are required to attend a paralegal orientation or a counseling session and complete the English and Math Placement Testing and Group A General Education requirements prior to entering LAW C105, LAW C118, LAW C121, LAW C390 and/or any major elective with a "LAW" designation. The remaining general education units are to be completed concurrently with the remaining paralegal courses. Students must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in each paralegal studies course.

Paralegal studies course work taken at other institutions in an ABAapproved program, with approval by the paralegal studies department, will qualify for no more than six (6) units of transfer credit in legal specialty courses in the paralegal studies certificate program. Paralegal studies courses taken for other than a letter grade are limited to seven (7) units within the 27 unit total and 21 units of paralegal course work must be completed at Coastline Community College. (Credit by examination is not available courses within the Paralegal Studies Certificate.) Upon completion of the degree program, students will be awarded an associate degree in Paralegal Studies and a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association.

Students possessing a transferable associate in arts or bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with official transcripts on file at Coastline, will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal Studies approved by the American Bar Association upon completion of the 27 units of required paralegal courses. All students are required to attend a paralegal orientation or a counseling session and must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in each paralegal studies course. All students are required to demonstrate computer proficiency* (see below).

REQUIRED PARALEGAL COURSES Units
LAW C100 Intro to Paralegal Studies 3.0
LAW C127 Legal Procedure 1 3.0
LAW C128 Legal Procedure 2 3.0
LAW C105 Civil Litigation 1 3.0
LAW C118 Legal Analysis & Briefing 3.0
LAW C121 Legal Research/CALR [or LAW C120 and LAW C122] 4.0
LAW C390 Legal Clinic Practicum/Ethics 2.0
To be selected from Electives below 6.0
Paralegal courses subtotal: 27.0
 
PROGRAM ELECTIVES Units
LAW C110 Civil Litigation 2 1.5
LAW C115 Criminal Litigation 1.5
LAW C130 Law Office Management 1.5
LAW C135 Family Law 1.5
LAW C142 Probate/Estate Planning 3.0
LAW C148 Elder Law 1.5
LAW C150 Corporate/Business Organization 3.0
LAW C152 Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3.0
LAW C155 Bankruptcy Law and Procedures 3.0
LAW C158 Intellectual Property 3.0
LAW C160 Civil Trial & Evidence 1.5
LAW C161 Tort Law 3.0
LAW C164 Contract Law 3.0
LAW C170 Computer Applications 3.0
 
GENERAL EDUCATION, Paralegal Program Units
Students are required to complete at least 18 units in courses numbered C100-C299 listed in Groups A to D. (Course work in Group A2 is limited to ENGLISH C100. Course work in Group C1 is limited to ART C100, C101 and /or MUSIC C100. All course work in C2 is acceptable.) In addition, 3 units in Group E are required. Students can meet the general education requirements under Options 1, II, or III associate degree academic plans.
General Education subtotal 21.0
 
ELECTIVES Units
*Computer proficiency may be demonstrated by the satisfactory completion of LAW C170, or BUSINESS COMPUTING C148 and LIBRARY C110; by completion of similar courses; by transfer credit course work; by workplace substantiation; by Microsoft Certification; or, by other computer industry certification.
**Electives Subtotal 12.0
TOTAL UNITS for A.A./A.S. degree program 60.0
**Work Based Learning courses only apply to these elective units and are not a part of the paralegal studies courses. Earn credit for work you do on the job.
Access the college catalog for specific information regarding courses, certificates, and pathways to professional advancement!

Program Contact

If you have any questions about the Paralegal Studies program or would like more information, please contact sbarnes@coastline.edu.


Paralegal Course Outlines


Real Estate

Certificate of Achievement: Real Estate Broker

This is an overall comprehensive program that will provide the student with the requirements needed to become a State of California Real Estate Broker. The program courses are designed to enable the student to reach his/her course requirements to qualify for the real estate broker license exam. These courses also provide the basic background and information needed as a future employer of sales people in real estate.
Required Courses Units
(Students will complete all off the following classes)  
RE C100 Real Estate Principles 3.0
RE C105 Mortgage Brokering 3.0
RE C110 Real Estate Legal Aspects 3.0
RE C120 Real Estate Practice 3.0
RE C130 Real Estate Appraisal 1 3.0
RE C140 Real Estate Finance 3.0
RE C160 Real Property Management 3.0
RE C352 Loan Processing 3.0
Total Required Course Units 24.0

Certificate of Achievement: Real Estate Studies

The certificate in Real Estate Studies is a comprehensive program that will provide the student with unlimited career opportunities. The program courses are designed to enable the student to reach his/her professional goals with the knowledge and skills to meet the overall demands to succeed in a rapidly changing real estate environment.
Required Courses Units
(Students will complete all off the following classes)  
RE C100 Real Estate Principles 3.0
RE C110 Real Estate Legal Aspects 3.0
RE C120 Real Estate Practice 3.0
RE C130 Real Estate Appraisal 1 3.0
RE C140 Real Estate Finance 3.0
RE C160 Real Property Management 3.0
RE C352 Loan Processing 3.0
RE C356 Real Estate Loan Underwriting 3.0
Total Required Course Units 24.0

Retail Management

Certificate of Achievement: Retail Management

This program is approved by the Western Association of Food Chains, and persons completing the prescribed courses are eligible to receive both the CCC Certificate of Achievement and the WAFC Retail Management Certificate.
 
The WAFC Retail Management Certificate is a specially recognized program designed to prepare individuals for the fast-paced retail industry. This program is also intended to help students develop an understanding of the retail manager's job and the requirements for success in the retail environment.
 
For detailed information on the courses required to complete the Certificates in Retail Management, consult the Coastline Course Catalog.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Certificate of Achievement: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

The small business sector is one of the fastest growing in the nation's economy. With an ever-increasing number of adults today self-employed, many people either work for a small business or plan to start one of their own. Coastline's entrepreneurship program can help prospective entrepreneurs launch new ventures or, if you are an entrepreneur who already has your business established, you can strengthen your managerial and business skills to grow your business.
 
You will learn the fundamentals of starting and operating your own business. The program includes basic business skills as well as specific courses in starting and managing a business. Course work covers evaluating a business opportunity, preparing a business plan, planning advertising and sales promtions, marketing a product or service, and financial managment for the entrepreneurial company.

Required Courses Units
Students will complete all off the following classes:  
BUS C150 Introduction to Marketing 3.0
BUS C170 Small Business Finance 3.0
BUS C180 Small Business Plan 3.0
BUS C222 Small Business Operation/Management 3.0
Select one from Elective Courses (A) Below 3.0
Select two from Elective Courses (B) Below 3.0
Total Certificate Units: 21.0
Elective Courses (A) (one required) Units
MS C100 Organization/Management 3.0
MS C102 Human Relations 3.0
MS C104 Human Resource Management 3.0
Elective Courses (B) (two required) Units
BUS C100 Introduction to Business 3.0
BUS C110 Legal Environment of Business 3.0
BUS C120 Personal Financial Planning 3.0
BUS C130 E-Commerce 3.0
Earn credit for work you do on the job; call (714) 241-6307.

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Use the link below to view Coastline Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for these programs. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits, and potential employment options of our programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosures


Access the college catalog for specific information regarding courses, certificates, and pathways to professional advancement!

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