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Programs & courses which are one semester or less

Automotive Body Paint and Collision Repair

The Auto Body Paint and Collision Repair courses prepare students for entry-level positions in automotive body and paint facilities where basic knowledge of bodywork, paint, and upholstery are part of the daily routine in repairing automobile paint and body problems, as well as creating custom automobiles.

In some cases, certain companies specialize in things such as upholstery. It is possible to be hired with just that specific class for jobs in that area. These courses provide the foundation for the Yavapai College Certificate in AutoBody paint and Collision Repair.

Students may take I-Car certification exams along the way, which may help getting gainfully employed.

Tuition: $1,586


Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology courses prepare students for entry-level positions in automotive repair facilities where basic knowledge of brakes, engines electrical systems, and transmissions are a part of the daily routine in diagnosing and repairing automobile problems.

In some cases, certain companies specialize in things such as brake repair. It is possible to be hired with just that specific class for jobs in that area.

These courses provide the foundation for Yavapai College Certificates and degree programs including Automotive technology. Students may take ASE tests for certifications, which can help getting gainfully employed.

Tuition: $2,196


Bookkeeping Certificate

The Bookkeeping certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of business and office settings where basic knowledge of bookkeeping is required.

This certificate provides the foundation for several other certificate programs: Administrative Professional, Advanced Bookkeeping, Basic Tax and Accounting Assistant.

Tuition: $855


Business Office Basic Certificate

The Business Office - Basic Certificate is designed to give students foundational skills they need for entry-level clerical, receptionist, and information-sharing positions in a variety of business and office settings.

Tuition: $665


Care Giver

The Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Caregiver Certificate program prepares individuals to be caregivers in assisted living homes, facilities, or home health agencies.

The program meets the requirements of the Arizona Board of Nursing Care Institution Administrators & Assisted Living Facility Manager (NCIA). Students may complete the ALF Caregiver Certificate program by one of two routes.

Tuition: $183-366

  • Option one allows students without a prior background in healthcare to acquire the required knowledge and skills to perform as a caregiver.

  • AHS 112 - Assisted Living Facility Caregiver
    Credits: 3 tuition $366

    Note: This option is designed for students without a prior background in healthcare to acquire the required knowledge and skills to perform as a caregiver.

  • Option two allows for Certified or Licensed Nursing Assistants to acquire the additional knowledge and skills needed for performance of the caregiver role.

  • AHS 116 - Certified Nursing Assistant to Caregiver Bridge
    Credits: 1.5 tuition $183

    Note: This option is designed for a Certified or Licensed Nursing Assistant with the state of Arizona who is in "good standing". Admission by application. Requires Dean approval.

Commercial Driving Training (CDL)

In as quickly as four weeks, the Commercial Driver Training program provides 30 hours of hands-on instruction, enabling students to attain an Arizona Class A commercial driver’s license.

With more than 2,000 CDL openings in the state of Arizona alone, students who complete the program will have no trouble finding profitable work in over-the-road trucking, local hauling and delivery, and specialized heavy vehicle operation. Entry-level salaries are currently around $40,000 per year.

Tuition: $3,600


CNC Machining

The CNC machining courses prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of machining business settings where basic knowledge of designing and machining many parts used in hundreds of industries is required.

These courses provide the foundation for other Yavapai College Certificates and degree programs including Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Computer Numerical Controlled Machining. Students may test for certified HAAS CNC Operator, or certified HAAS Tool Setter.

Tuition: $1,342


Construction Building Technology

The Construction program has classes that offer paid internships and hands-on training which will prepare students for careers in residential carpentry, plumbing, or electric. Students will learn tool operation, blueprint reading, layout, framing, flooring, AC/DC electrical system principles and installation, cable television and data transmission systems, codes and standards, and water and waste systems.

Arizona currently has more than 3,000 job openings. In the United States, growth is expected to climb to more than 790,000 new jobs by 2024. Average starting pay for entry-level workers is around $15 per hour.

Tuition: $1,708

Early Childhood Certificate

The Basic Certificate in Early Childhood Education is a point of entry or a continuation of professional development in the field of Early Care and Education. The Basic ECE certificate includes competencies that will prepare a student to apply for the national CDA credential.

Tuition: $1140


Electronics - Digital Electronics Certificate

The Digital Electronics Certificate trains students for careers in the operation, maintenance and repair of complex electronic equipment. This one semester certificate provides training in digital systems, microprocessors and programmable controllers.

All instruction emphasizes a hands-on approach utilizing sophisticated test equipment. Electronics skills are used in the majority of manufacturing. Local employers include Freeport McMoran, Drake Cement, Cobham, Printpac, and the new business coming to Prescott, Combat Systems.

Tuition: $732


Emergency Medical Technician

The Emergency Medical Technician certificate (EMS 132) provides fundamental knowledge about emergency medical procedures and techniques.

These include artificial respiration, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, control of bleeding, splinting, extrication and light rescue, and ten hours of hospital training and observation to give Emergency Medical Technicians improved clinical knowledge of the profession. Successful completion of EMS 132, with a grade of "C" or better, qualifies the student to take the National Registry of EMT Certification examination for EMT.

Tuition: $1,222


Google IT Support Pro Certificate

This self-paced certificate is accredited and will teach you skills needed to start you on a career path in IT support, one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.

Tuition: $665

Learn about the program here


Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate

The Microsoft Office Specialist certificate prepares students for productive work in an office setting, utilizing Microsoft Office software Upon completion the student should be ready to attempt the Microsoft Office certification tests, which are highly regarded by employers in the business community.

Tuition: $1045


Nursing Assistant

The Nursing Assistant certificate prepares students to be state certified to provide care in long term and short-term care facilities. Such as; Nursing homes, in- home care and assisted living facilities. These skills are required for those pursuing a career in Nursing.

Tuition cost: $ 610


Solid Works for Computer Aided Drafting and Design

The Solid Works course is a one semester course that leads to certification in one of the hottest fields and needs in the world. Individuals who master Solid Works and can draft things are in high demand. Virtually everything made needs to be designed.

Things such as engines, airplanes, houses, tools, ships, bridges, car rims, vacuums, coffee makers, and more all require designs.

If you take the class and successfully pass the Level one Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) test, you could be on your way to a lucrative and rewarding career. Check out the jobs on Indeed and Monster.

Tuition: $366


Welding Technology

The Welding Technology Program courses prepare students for entry-level positions in the welding and fabrication industry where basic knowledge of Arc Welding, Gas welding and cutting, MIG welding, and TIG welding are part of the daily routine in fabricating and repairing items such as trailers, pipelines, sky-rise buildings, firearms, bridges, artwork, and much more.

Thousands of companies have welding jobs globally. It is possible to be hired with just that specific class for jobs in that area provided the student passes the various AWS certification requirements. These courses provide the foundation for the Yavapai College Structural Welding Certificate.

Students may take AWS certification exams along the way, which may help getting gainfully employed.

Tuition costs: $1,952



** These programs & classes are offering in-person instruction this fall. Classes are offered in a hybrid model, meaning lectures are taught online, while labs and required hands-on instruction is taught in-person at the discretion of the instructor.

All classes will follow safety protocols as outlined in Yavapai College's re-entry plan.