Students must contact the program director prior to beginning the professional certificate to request a course substitution, waiver, or transfer credit. Students must include detailed information about the certificate credit course requirement that they are requesting to substitute or waive, and detailed information about the credit course or transfer credit that they request to serve as a substitution. Requests for course substitutions, waivers, and transfer credit must be approved in advance by the program director and department director.
Substitutions: Students may request to substitute a course requirement in a UC Berkeley Extension professional certificate with another credit course that is equivalent in content and credit semester units/hours. A substituted course must be another credit course at UC Berkeley Extension, or it can be transferred in from another regionally accredited academic institution (see Transfer Credit below).
Waivers: Students who possess a license or credential in a particular subject area or professional field may request to have a professional certificate course requirement waived. When a course is waived, the semester units/hours of the waived course must be made up by taking another credit course. When requesting a course waiver, students must provide the program director with documentation of their relevant credential or license.
In some cases there is a fee to waive or substitute courses.
As a general rule, substitutions, waivers, and transfer credit are not permitted for courses in specialized programs of study. Contact the program director for further information.
Some specialized programs of study share course requirements with more in-depth professional certificate coursework in the same subject area. After you have completed the requirements for a specialized program of study, you may find that you need only a few more courses to be eligible for a professional certificate. If you wish to go on to earn the certificate, you may apply for candidacy at a reduced application fee of $50.
In curriculum areas in which there are both professional certificates and specialized programs of study, you may transfer from the professional certificate program to the shorter specialized program of study format if required courses are shared by the two programs. No additional fee is charged if you elect to transfer from a professional certificate to a specialized program of study in the same curriculum area.
Several professional certificates and specialized programs of study are offered online. For more information, visit /online or call the department offering the program. Please note that veterans' benefits do not apply to all online courses and curricula.