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For those of you who would rather go to work than go to school, Kirkwood offers certificate and diploma programs that provide hands-on experience in an industry, skilled trade or technological field in as little as nine months to one year. You can start working with an upper hand on those who didnít receive specialized training. And, if you choose to further your education at a later date, many of our certificate and diploma programs transfer into two-year degree programs.

In order to earn a certificate through Kirkwood, you must apply through the corresponding two-year program. Once you are accepted, you can indicate the certificate or diploma of your choice.

Participants in certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid, or Kirkwood scholarships due to the short length of the program. Only students enrolled in diploma or two-year degree programs are eligible for financial aid.

Diploma Requirements

  • Earn 30-48 semester hours of credit in the courses required for the specific Applied Science program.
  • Earn 8 semester hours in residence at Kirkwood in the program for which the diploma is sought.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Certificate Requirements

  • Earn 12-18 semester hours of credit in courses required for the specific Applied Science program.
  • Earn 6 semester hours in residence at Kirkwood in the program for which the certificate is sought.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.