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Information Technology Plus Certificate

The Information Technology Plus Certificate of Achievement

  • Prepares students for positions in computer information systems for business
  • Provides with skills to enter the job market as help desk providers, computer support specialists, computer repair technicians, networking technicians, information assurance technicians, and cyber security technicians

You can use this:

  • To enhance career opportunities in Computer Information Systems:
    • CyberSecurity
    • Information Assurance
    • Computer Repair
    • Computer Networking
    • Computer Operator
  • To interpret and use technical information in communications, to solve common business programs using Information Technology systems and applications.
  • To demonstrate the ability to support strategies in client computing and user support, including the ability to configure, install, diagnose, and support hardware and software issues.
  • To design, analyze, and support computer networks.
  • To implement and evaluate network security solutions, related to servers, storage and virtualization.

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:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. Students develop computer-based solutions to business problems. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes in Fall of even years.

Advisory: CSCI C101.

This course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals. The fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an ICT professional are introduced. This course prepares students for the CompTIA's A+ certification exam. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Fall.

Advisory: CSCI C142 or 1 year equivalent building and/or maintaining computer systems which includes setting up equipment, installing software and repairing. Additional experience in setting up computers on a network is needed.

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for further study of computer networks. It uses the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. This course prepares students for the current version of CompTIA's Network+ certification exam. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Spring.

Advisory: CSCI C101 and C142 or 2 years equivalent experience in the Information Technology field.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. It addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational Cybersecurity and Risk Management. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.


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

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

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

This certificate requires 13.0 units and will likely take 1 semester.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

13.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $598 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $780* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,378 for 1 semester


13.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $3,354 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $780* for books and supplies

Total cost $4,134 for 1 semester

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

This is not a Financial Aid eligible certificate.

For general questions, contact:

Karen O'Connor
Business and Information Technology
Phone: (760) 608-3983 / (760) 384-6172

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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