Academic Catalogs

Retail, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_MGRT
Control Number: 22374

This program is approved by the Western Association of Food Chains and persons completing the prescribed courses are eligible to receive both the OCC Certificate of Achievement and the WAFC Retail Management Certificate.

Program Outcomes

  1. Function effectively as a manager in a retail environment using the skills, principles, and tools they have acquired.
  2. Apply the retail principles they have learned in their professional lives.
  3. Analyze the ethical dimensions of effective retail managers in everyday conduct and decision making.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and/or oral skills.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ACCT A100Accounting for Small Business3-4
or ACCT A101 Financial Accounting
BUS A139Business Communication3
CIS A100Introduction to Computer Applications3
LEAD A200Organizational Leadership3
MGMT A100Applied Management for Public and Private Organizations3
MGMT A115Human Relations and Supervision3
MKTG A100Introduction to Marketing3
MKTG A200Retail E-Commerce Management3
Total Units24-25

Retail Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
ACCT A102Managerial Accounting4
BUS A110Business Law3
BUS A138Business English3
BUS A240Entrepreneurship3
MKTG A110Professional Selling3
MKTG A220Retail Buying3