Short-term programs

Start a high-paying career in a matter of weeks or months

Want to find a good job or earn more money but can't commit to long-term education? TCC's convenient and flexible programs can help you get ahead. And, the credits earned in many of these certificate programs can lead to an associate degree at TCC.

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Acquisition and Procurement

Prepare for employment and advancement in purchasing for business with just 18 credits. Course work includes contract law, pricing and negotiations.

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Educational Support Specialist

Work as a teaching assistant in public and private school settings with this 18-credit certificate. Courses include language arts, social studies, math and science, along with child psychology behavior guidance.

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Fiber and Data Cabling Installation

With just 16 credits, learn to maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair fiber, data, and video network systems. You will be ready to take the industry- and manufacturer-specific certification exams for Fiber and Data Cabling.

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Medical Administrative Assistant

Prepare to be a medical administrative assistant with the TCC 28-credit certificate.

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Nurse Aide

Just 120 hours of instruction are all you need to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide exam in Virginia.

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Personal Training and Fitness

Become a personal trainer working with clients from school-age children to senior citizens. Graduates of the 24-credit program will assist their clients by designing exercises, nutrition plans and goal setting to improve overall health and fitness.

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Pharmacy Technician

This two-semester career studies certificate prepares students to order, stock, package, prepare and dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

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TCC’s phlebotomy program is the best in the state and among the top 30 in the nation, according to In this one-semester, 12-credit program, you will learn to draw blood and prepare and process blood tests in clinical settings.

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Truck Driving

TCC’s 16-credit Certificate in Truck Driving prepares students to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license. Day and evening classes are available for the five-day-a-week schedule, which that simulates a working environment.

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Veterinary Assistant

This new two-semester, 18-credit program will prepare you to assist and support licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians. You will have hands-on experience through internships.

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Web Development Specialist

Learn to design, administer and troubleshoot web pages and websites. Depending on the electives you choose in this three-semester program, you can concentrate on web design or web programming.

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In two semesters, prepare for employment in a number of industrial environments, including shipyards, utilities, manufacturing firms and oil refineries.