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"It has been, hands down, the best professional development I have ever received." —Stacey Ho, Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning graduate
As the need for advisers to meet the diverse needs of today's students continues to grow, the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning provides the in-depth knowledge and technical skills necessary to help students transition from high school to college or from college to a professional career. Experienced instructors offer insight to all areas, including admissions requirements for public, private, local, national and international institutions; financial aid options and planning; techniques to advise special populations; counseling skills; self-appraisal instruments and interpretation; planning for college admissions tests, essays and recommendation letters; and uses of technology in college and career planning. The curriculum—overseen by an advisory board of professionals in the field and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education—gives special attention to training in the college admissions process while emphasizing the connection to the working world, including field site observations and a comprehensive practicum. With training from Extension, you are prepared to help others while advancing your own career in advising. Join our email list to stay informed about this certificate.
The table contains the required courses for the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning, as well as the terms they are typically available for enrollment.
5 Required Courses, 15 Semester Units (216 Hours of Instruction)
|Required Courses||Course Number||Units/ CEU||Classroom|
|Career Planning for College Admissions||X369.5||4||Fall
|College Admissions Advising A||X369.3||4||Spring|
|College Admissions Advising B||X369.4||4||Fall
|Counseling Techniques for Educators||X365.6||2||Fall
|Practicum in College Admission Advising||X361.9||1||Fall
Course availability is subject to change.
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You may enroll in individual courses without registering for the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.
This professional certificate is ideal if you are a high school or college counselor or teacher who wants to better serve the needs of your students and advance their careers, if you are a parent who wishes to optimize the school and career opportunities available to your children or if you are looking to make a career change and aspire to become an independent or school-based college admissions and career adviser.
Enrollment in individual courses is open to anyone who meets the stated prerequisites. Participants in the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning must have earned at least a bachelor's degree (B.A.) or equivalent at an accredited institution.
The curriculum consists of 5 required courses for a total of 15 semester units (216 hours of instruction). This certificate can be completed in one year. Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.
All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion. For more information, please see the completion requirements and the substitutions, waivers, and transfer credit policies.
By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register for the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning, please submit the online registration form with your credit card or complete the mail-in registration form. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
You should register for the certificate before you begin the third course in the curriculum.
Evidence of a bachelor's degree is required of all new applicants. Once you register for the certificate, please have official transcripts sent to:
UC Berkeley Extension
Department of Education—CACP
1995 University Ave., Suite 110
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000
All non-U.S. transcripts must be accompanied by a foreign transcript evaluation. The most basic evaluation is acceptable; there is no need for a class-by-class report.
Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $4,000 (not including course materials or one-time certificate registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.
The Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning meets the advising standards designed by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and utilizes information from the following professional organizations in the field:
*The Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning meets the IECA requirements for associate membership.
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