Academic Certificates at Ohio State

The Ohio State University offers a variety of academic certificate programs that are: intended to allow students to pursue specific topics in order to supplement their current degree program; gain knowledge in a chosen field of employment; earn credit or continuing education units (CEUs) for workforce development; prepare for exams for professional certification; or for professional licensure. Certificate programs are offered in many different areas, both for credit and non-credit.

Summary of certificate categories:

Credit categories:
• Post-secondary Undergraduate Academic Certificate programs (category 1a or 1b). Intended for post-high school students seeking to earn a credential in a select topic area. These programs are either stand-alone (1a), or embedded in an undergraduate degree program (1b).
• Post-baccalaureate Undergraduate Academic Certificate programs (category 2). Intended for post-bachelor degree students seeking to earn a credential in a select topic area to supplement their undergraduate degree program. These are stand-alone programs.
• Graduate Academic Certificate programs (category 3a or 3b). Intended for post-baccalaureate students seeking to earn a graduate credential in a select topic area. These programs are either stand-alone (3a), or embedded in a graduate degree program (3b).
• Professional Certification programs (category 5b). Intended for individuals seeking to meet requirements and/or eligibility for licensure or certification in a specific technical or professional area. These are stand-alone programs.

Non-Credit categories:
• Workforce Development programs (category 4). Intended for individuals seeking to earn a workforce development Certificate of Completion in a specific area. These are stand-alone programs.
• Technician/Professional Certification programs (category 5a). Intended for individuals seeking to meet requirements and/or eligibility for licensure or certification in a specific technical or professional area. These are stand-alone programs.

Stand-alone vs. Embedded programs
• Stand-alone programs do not require a student to be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in order to complete the certificate.
• Embedded programs require a student to be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program to complete the certificate.

Approval Process

For academic departments or colleges interested in the approval process for certificate programs, submissions should follow the following protocol:

For certificate programs seeking approval for credit, submit your request to curriculum.osu.edu.

For certificate programs seeking approval for non-credit, submit your request: Non-Credit Certificate Request.

For Credit List

Non-Credit List

  • 4H Camp Counselor Training:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Advanced Certificate in Serving Veterans and Their Families:
  • Program: College of Social Work
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Advanced Golf Course Management:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Advanced Propulsion Certificate:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: Graduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: englearn.osu.edu/certificate-programs/advanced-propulsion-certificate

  • Baseball Field Management:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Program:
  • Program: Ohio State - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • CPA Green Belt Certification Program:
  • Program: Agricultural Technical Institute - Business Training and Educational Services
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • Digital Agriculture Professional Certificate Bundle:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Digital Portfolio Development:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Diversity - The Source of Our Strength (4H):
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • eCEAP or eLearning on Controlled Environment Animal Product USDA Higher Education Grant:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Electrical and Controls Technician Certificate:
  • Program: Agricultural Technical Institute - Business Training and Educational Services
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Fertilizer Application Certification:
  • Program: Ohio State Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • Food Components and Nutrition Course:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Food Manufacturing:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Food Safety Course:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Fruit Diseases of the Midwest:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Golf Course History:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Golf Course Management:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Good Agricultural Practices:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Green Building Methods:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • History of Golf Course Design and Management:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate:
  • Program: Agricultural Technical Institute - Business Training and Educational Services
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Introduction to Food Science Essentials:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Leadership Advantage
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: ati.osu.edu/sites/ati/files/site-library/site-images/Leadership_Advantage11-20.pdf

  • Leadership in Human Services Management
  • Program: College of Social Work
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Leadership in the City:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Leading as a Team:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Livestock Enviornmental Assurance Program:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Maintenance Management Certification:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • Management Advancement for the Public Services (MAPS):
  • Program: John Glenn College of Public Affairs
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Certification:
  • Program: Ohio State Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Mechanical Technician Certificate:
  • Program: Agricultural Technical Institute - Business Training and Educational Services
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Mental Health First Aid Certification (MHFA):
  • Program: Ohio State Extension
    Career: Graduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness Certificate:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: Graduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: englearn.osu.edu/certificate-programs/noise-vibration-and-harshness-certificate

  • Non-Credit Certificate in Epidemiology:
  • Program: College of Public Health
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Non-Credit Certificate in Public Health Leadership:
  • Program: College of Public Health
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Ohio Beef Quality Assurance:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • Ohio Watershed Academy:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Pesticide Education:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Operations Management:
  • Program: Fisher College of Business
    Career: Graduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Powertrain Certificate:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: Graduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: englearn.osu.edu/certificate-programs/powertrain-certificate

  • Practice of Data Analytics:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Program:
  • Program: Ohio State Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • Public and Nonprofit Leadership:
  • Program: John Glenn College of Public Affairs
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: glenn.osu.edu/training/leadership-certificate/

  • Public Safety Leadership Academy:
  • Program: John Glenn College of Public Affairs
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: glenn.osu.edu/training/opsla/

  • Reliability Engineering Certification:
  • Program: College of Engineering
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • SAMMIE Successful Assessment Methods and Measurement in Evaluation:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Sanitation and Photo Sanitation:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • ServSafe Food Handling Certification:
  • Program: Ohio State Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certification (5a)
    Website: N/A

  • Sick Plants and a Hungry World:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Soil and Site Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Treatment:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Sports Turf Management:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Successful Co-Parenting:
  • Program: Ohio State Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Supervisors Toolbox Certificate Program:
  • Program: Agriculture and Technical Institute
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Swift Coding and App Development Certificate:
  • Program: Office of Distance Education and eLearning / Digital Flagship
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: digitalflagship.osu.edu/swift-coding-and-app-development-certificate

  • Synthetic Field Management:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • The Leadership Academy:
  • Program: Agricultural Technical Institute - Business Training and Educational Services
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Timber Marketing:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings (TOPS) 2-year track:
  • Program: Nisonger Center
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings (TOPS) 4-year track:
  • Program: Nisonger Center
    Career: Undergraduate
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A

  • Veterinary Entomology:
  • Program: College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences - Extension
    Career: N/A
    Category: Non-Credit, Stand-Alone Certificate of Completion (4)
    Website: N/A