Student Support

Department Certificates


​​​Department Certificates are designed for individuals seeking very short-term education and training in preparation for work. Department Certificates have fewer than 16 units of coursework required, focus on a specific career area, and do not include General Education or elective classes.

Basic Requirements

  • At least 50% of the units required for Department Certificates must be completed at Santa Monica College.

  • Students must receive a grade of C or higher in each course to successfully complete the Department Certificate.

Automotive Technician – Introductory

Basic Solar Photovoltaic Installation

Business Bookkeeping (formerly Computer Accounting)

Clerical/Data Entry

Cloud Computing


Digital Production and Design

Electronic Medical Records Clerk

Energy Efficiency Specialist

Entry Level Programmer


Geospatial Technology

Hospital Inpatient Coder

Medical Billing/Coding

Medical Records Clerk/Receptionist

Medical Transcription

Microsoft Azure

Nail Care

Recycling and Zero Waste

Salon Business

Scenic Design and Construction

Set Design and Art Direction for Film and TV

Stage Lighting, Sound and Projection

User Experience Design

Web Design

Website Development Management