Boost Your Skills

Fine-tune your education with a precise curriculum that will prepare you to enter or advance in your field:

Professional Certificates

  • highest level of academic achievement offered by UC Berkeley Extension
  • minimum of 140 hours of coursework
  • usually 6-8 required courses and electives
  • achieve intellectual mastery and technical expertise in your chosen field
  • qualifies as an academic credential, which may be included on a résumé

Professional Programs

  • focused subject concentrations
  • usually 3 or more coordinated courses
  • develop a skill set within a specific area or discipline
  • can carry continuing education units (CEU) or other professional licensure credits

Teaching Credentials

  • take a credential program if you want to enter the teaching profession in the areas of adult or vocational education

Boot Camps

  • skilled instructors with three years minimum in the field
  • dynamic learning experience with face-to-face interaction
  • first-hand technical experience and collaborate in teams on a host of real-world problems
  • job hunting support throughout and beyond the length of the course

Student Success Stories

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program graduate Jayinee Basu stands in front of a gray wall with sunlight on her shoulder

The Caesura That Led to Medical School

While Jayinee Basu was pursuing her double major in literature/writing and political science—with a minor in studio art—at the University of California, San Diego, the thought of becoming a doctor... continue reading The Caesura That Led to Medical School

Rucha Chattur in front of family photos

Making Art Matters

Walking into the art room as a sixth grader, Rucha Chattur was enraptured by the colorful scene that met her eyes: the brilliant paint bottles, the scatter of brushes and the bright paintings... continue reading Making Art Matters

Ian Wilson: Graduate of UC Berkeley Extension Data Analytics Boot Camp

Weightlifter Turned Data Analyst

Athletics and data analytics may seem like two separate worlds. But recent data analytics boot camp grad Ian Wilson combined these two passions into a successful career at workout startup Fitbod... continue reading Weightlifter Turned Data Analyst

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Latest Voices Blog Posts

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6 Takeaways From Our Informational Interviewing Webinar

Informational interviews can play a powerful part in your career development. Following best practices can make all the difference in forging mutually beneficial career connections.

Data analyst gazing at glass wall covered in reflected data

Data Analysis Needed in a Slew of Careers

A 2018 survey from labor-market data firm Burning Glass revealed more than 150,000 nationwide listings included data analysis in the job title; more than 27,000 of those jobs were located in... continue reading Data Analysis Needed in a Slew of Careers

Invest In Yourself

Taking a single course or a full certificate is a worthwhile investment in your career that many companies will sponsor in order to retain great talent. In so doing, many organizations offer... continue reading Invest In Yourself

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