Gina Ney
is Founder and Adviser for Gina Ney College and Career Advising.

Graduate, Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning
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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.


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.

For students whose native language is not English, it is recommended that you achieve a minimum level of English proficiency. For example, if you achieved a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or have previously taken and successfully completed courses taught in English, you may be more confident in your ability to succeed in a UC Berkeley Extension course. You do not need to submit test scores.

Curriculum Requirements

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 courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 3.0 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. All coursework must be completed within five years.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning, complete these three steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.
Evidence of a bachelor's degree is required of all new applicants. Once you register for the certificate, send official transcripts 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 sufficient; there is no need for the class-by-class report.

You should register for the certificate before you begin the third course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

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.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to or call (510) 642-1172. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved (usually within two to three weeks), your certificate will be mailed to you.


Additional Information

Professional Organizations

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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