The Value of Certificates

Gain industry knowledge and skills without committing to the time and investment of a full degree, until you're ready.
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Fewer Credits. More Flexibility. Big Value.

A certificate is an excellent professional development tool to increase your knowledge in your career, begin work toward a full degree, achieve state licensure, fulfill state or national education requirements, or learn new skills to give you a foot in the door toward a new career.

According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, "certificates have become the second most common postsecondary award in the United States."


1M Certificates Awarded Each Year in the U.S.

Four million workers (3%) in the U.S. have certificates.
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Certificate Benefits

  • Develop skills faster and keep pace with changes in your industry. 
    • Certificates are fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials (Chronicle of Higher Education)
    • Earn many of Stout's certificates within 6-9 months.
  • Increase your earning potential.
  • Build to a bigger degree. 
    • Many graduate certificate courses can later be applied to a master’s degree.
  • Expand your circle of influence.
    • Connect and network with industry-experienced professors and fellow students.