FAQs

Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Certificates

What is the difference between a certificate and a degree?

An Associate degree includes completion of a major and one of the three general education patterns for a minimum of 60 units required. A certificate includes completion of 18-24 units in a specific discipline or instructional program.

What certificates does Porterville College offer?

The college offers around 20 different certificates in a variety of occupational fields. Check out the college catalog at www.portervillecollege.edu or stop by the counseling center for a complete list of certificate programs.

Do I have to maintain a certain grade point average to obtain a certificate?

Yes. You must receive a "C" in each course in your certificate.

Where do I go to apply for my certificate once I've completed the classes?

Once you have completed your classes, you need to complete a certificate evaluation form at the Admissions and Records office.

I took all my classes years ago, can I still get a certificate?

Yes. Your classes will count regardless of when you completed the certificate.