Successful people have one thing in common: they’re lifelong learners. Even when they become an expert or leader in their field, they know it’s critical to keep updating their skills and learn about the latest developments in the industry. Certificate programs, in particular online courses, are a fantastic way for all kinds of professionals to continue their education while working and meeting other life commitments.
These short, accessible courses allow you to build competencies in a particular area, and often a recognized qualification, in order to switch industries, get that promotion, or simply perform better in your current role. So, what is a certificate program exactly and is it right for you?
What is a Certificate Program? Key Facts
Certificate programs are short, specialised, and often intensive courses intended to help you build your skills and knowledge in a particular area.
Certificate programs are available in a range of subjects, including digital marketing, business analytics, information technology, and project management. Most certificate programs take between 10 weeks and 6 months to complete, but can be even quicker. For example, EDHEC’s online executive certificates range from 5 to 10 weeks.
Formats can also vary, ranging from asynchronous online study to in-person seminars and intensives. Courses may have set start and finish dates, or may be open-ended, allowing you to start whenever you want and complete them at your own pace.
Some certificate programs are offered by reputed universities and business schools, giving you the opportunity to gain a recognized qualification from a well-regarded institution. Other certificates are available as massive open online courses (MOOC).
MOOC courses can vary widely in quality of teaching, structure, and content, and therefore may be less well-regarded by your employer or future employer. However, there are some excellent MOOC courses offered in partnership with recognized universities and business schools, such as our course on Investment Management with Python & Machine Learning.
EDHEC online also directly offers certification courses in management, finance, and topics related to addressing modern business challenges, such as: