Information Technology Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The Information Technology Certificate

  • Provides students with skills to enter the job market as help desk providers, computer support specialists, entry level programmers, networking technicians, information assurance technicians, and cybersecurity technicians.
  • Prepares students to transfer to a Baccalaureate program in Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems or related programs.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates degree.
  • Enhance career opportunities as a:
    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Repair (A+ Certified)
    • Computer Help Desk Support
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Network Technician
    • Information Assurance Technician
    • Cybersecurity Technician

As technology advances, computer specialists are in more demand than ever before. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the computer information systems profession will grow at a faster than average rate through 2020, by 22 percent.

What will I learn?

  • To demonstrate competency in client computing and user support including the ability to configure, install, diagnose, and support hardware and software issues.
  • To demonstrate competency in database and information management including the ability to design, implement, query, and manage relational databases.
  • To demonstrate competency in networking and convergence including the ability to design, analyze, and support computer networks.
  • To demonstrate competency in problem solving, programming, and application development including the ability to design, test, debug, and implement complex computer programs.
  • To demonstrate competency in working with servers, storage, and virtualization including implementing and evaluating network security solutions.
  • To demonstrate an ability to read and interpret technical information, as well as communicate with and write clearly for wide ranges of audiences.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.


Complete all of the following courses:

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 28.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

28.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,288 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,680* for books and supplies

Total cost $2,968 for 2 semesters


28.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $10,500 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,680* for books and supplies

Total cost $12,180 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.