These three certificates provide high quality training that enables students to obtain desirable employment in the green jobs sector.​

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The program is ideal for those individuals that desire to:

  • work in the green jobs sector

  • support themselves while seeking a higher education degree

  • make a career change

  • obtain advancement in their current job

  • transfer into a major related to the environment (Geography, Geology, etc.)

Departmental Certificates vs Degrees and State-Approved Certificates

Departmental Certificates in PV, EE and RRM require 12 to 13 units per program and can often be achieved in one semester. Students can go on to pursue Certificates of Achievement which are approved at the State level and WILL appear on your transcript. These require completion of 18 or 19 total units. Transfer students who wish to (also) qualify for an Associates degree should select either the Liberal Arts or General Science major. Additional graduation requirements for the Associates degree from Santa Monica College are listed in the Academics section of the catalog as well as online (

Pre-requisites and Financial Assistance

These three programs have minimal pre-requisite requirements and students are often eligible for tuition and fees to be paid by third parties (Veterans, Employer Training, and Financial Aid). Transfer-oriented students should check classes against their transfer requirements, as not all career-technical credits are transferable. If possible consider taking these with your electives as these classes help you develop the skills employers will be looking for after graduation.

Qualified applicants may apply for need-based assistance through our financial aid office.

Faculty Contact Information

Full-Time Faculty
Stuart Cooley - PV & EE

Part-Time Faculty
Joel Cesare - EE
Edward Ruiz - PV
Victoria Charles - RRM
Jon Michael Huls - RRM
Samuel Sasu - RRM

Program Support
Ferris Kawar - Sustainability Project Manager

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