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Ivy Tech Community College is offering new, free short-term certificate programs at our campuses across the state. And since you recently applied to Ivy Tech with the intention of earning a certificate or technical certificate, we want you to be one of the first to sign up for classes. We saved your recent application so you already have a head-start toward beginning classes in-person, online, or virtually. You can also use the information below to get connected with a Career Coach at your local Ivy Tech campus.

Start your journey toward earning a valuable short-term certificate in a field where employers are hiring. Since we have your application on file, all you need to do is let us know you are interested by completing a quick form. Don’t worry, the form isn’t signing you up for classes or committing you to a program, it just lets our Ivy Tech team know you are interested and a representative will reach out with more information.

Choose a campus in the dropdown below to see what certificates and technical certificates are offered at the Ivy Tech in your community.

Not sure which program is the best fit for you? View this video or contact a member of our Career Coaching team. The dropdown menu on the Career Coaching page contains contact information for your local Ivy Tech campus.

Please Note: In addition to the programs listed below you can take advantage of the full catalog of Ivy Tech credentials. Click here to see a full listing of the programs offered at each Ivy Tech location.


Taking Hoosiers to the Next Level Requirements

Students must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for the Taking Hoosiers to the Next Level Program.

  • Be enrolled for Fall 2021 in at least half-time (six credit hours) of a Workforce Ready Grant-eligible certificate or technical certificate program.
    • Students enrolled in the final term of their certificate or technical certificate program do not have to enroll at least half-time to qualify.
  • Be an Indiana resident.
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or qualify for an exception.
  • Have not earned a degree of any kind.
  • Have not earned a Workforce Ready Grant-eligible certificate or technical certificate.
    • Exception: You’ve earned your Workforce Ready Grant-eligible certificate or technical certificate while in high school.
    • Exception: You’ve earned a Workforce Ready Grant-eligible certificate, and are now pursuing the stackable technical certificate.
  • Are not pursuing a stackable associate degree program.
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Accounting

The accounting program at Ivy Tech is led by CPAs with nearly 30 years of practical accounting and tax experience. Students will be able to get experience using the latest accounting software including QuickBooks and Sage 50, and we have partnerships with CPA firms across the state to give you even more exposure in the real-word.

Example Occupations

  • Tax Preparer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Credit Analyst
  • Loan Officer

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications such as QuickBooks and Excel.


Advanced Automation and Robotics

Advanced Automation and Robotics is designed for students interested in great careers in a global marketplace with world-class companies. There is a significant shortage of skilled employees in manufacturing, and this degree will provide you with the skills needed to be successful in the modern manufacturing environment.

Example Occupations

  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Machine Installer
  • Controls Technician
  • Relay Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Electrical Systems Installer
  • Maintenance Mechanic

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to industry certifications such as the MSSC Certified Production Technician, the Siemens Level I Mechatronics Technician, and the OSHA 10-HourGeneral Industry Certificate.


Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program offers exciting careers and unlimited opportunities. Through the use of equipment used in the automotive industry today and ASE master certified instructors, students learn how to diagnose and repair today's high-tech vehicles. This program will prepare students for entry level employment with companies that require training in areas such as: electrical systems, engine performance, transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension systems, air conditioning systems, and engine repair.

Example Occupations

  • Automotive Service Technician and Mechanic
  • Electronic Equipment Installer and Repairer
  • Automotive Body Repairer

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to industry certifications from ASE.


Biotechnology

The Biotechnology Program prepares students for careers in a variety of life science and manufacturing settings including research, quality control, pharmaceuticals, and medical devise manufacturing. Graduates will have the foundation needed to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree or move right in to local, high-paying jobs in the community, including with some of our industry partners like Dow Agroscience, Eli Lilly, Cook Pharmica, Midwest Compliance Laboratories, and more.

Example Occupations

  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
  • Project Management Specialists

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing field including White Belt and OSHA 10 certifications, which also prepare students to sit for ASQ certifications once they have work experience


Building Construction Technology

The Construction Technology program at Ivy Tech is filled with hands-on learning experiences with students building full-size mock-ups of houses in our construction laboratory.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in service-learning construction projects.  Every course in this program will prepare students for a national certification. To gain even more real-world hands-on experience, the Construction Technology program partners with several local businesses.  Some of these partners include local HVAC contractors, general and electrical contractors.  Ivy Tech works closely with these local partners to be sure what we teach our students matches what local employers need.

Example Occupations

  • Construction and Building Inspector
  • Maintenance and Repair Worker

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to industry certifications from NCCER.


Business Administration

The principles taught through the Ivy Tech Business Administration program are threaded in all industries including non-profit business and education. Students will be creating marketing plans, budgets, building personal websites, simulations, case-studies and creating community connections. The Business Administration program at Ivy Tech also partners with many local businesses to give students the experience and exposure in the business world that they will need to be successful.

Example Occupations

  • Business Operations Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • General and Operations Manager

Additional Information
CT Insurance prepares students for AINS professional designations.


Business Operations, Applications, and Technology (BOAT)

The Business Operations, Applications, and Technology (BOAT) Program prepares students for a career as an administrative professional in a world of emerging technologies. The BOAT curriculum has been improved to better prepare graduates for a career in all types of professional offices. Our students develop communication, organizational, leadership, and technology skills that prepare them for the high-tech, customer-focused, world-class work environment. Our students also develop proficiency in the latest Microsoft Office applications, and they will have the opportunity to earn certifications in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook that are recognized worldwide.

Example Occupations

  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Information and Record Clerk
  • Office and Administrative Support Worker
  • General and Operations Manager

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to industry certifications in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 


Cyber Security - Information Assurance

The Cyber Security and Information Assurance program prepares students to work in areas related to information assurance, network and computer security. The program also contains material designed for students currently working in the computer industry and students advanced in computer knowledge who require specific knowledge of information and network-related risks and their avoidance and resolution.

Example Occupations

  • Network Security Support Technician
  • Security Auditor
  • Digital Forensics Analyst

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Cyber Security/Information Assurance field including CompTIA: A+, and Security+.


Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting program at Ivy Tech is taught by instructors who have all worked as dental assistants in the field. Students will get to study in a state-of-the-art facility learning a variety of skills involving radiography, dental materials, infection control, chairside, and general dentistry as well as dental specialties. For more information about dental assisting, visit the American Dental Assistant's Association website.

Example Occupations

  • Dental Assistant

Additional Information
The Dental Assisting program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the college, you would be accepted into the Healthcare Specialist program with a concentration in Dental Assisting while you complete the prerequisite requirements.


Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC)

Classes in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Ivy Tech are lab based with almost every class meeting having a hands-on portion where students will train and work on actual furnace and air conditioning equipment.  This lab allows students to gain experience in equipment installation, charging air conditioning units and troubleshooting equipment failures.  Our students will also learn about energy saving equipment like solar thermal, thermal storage, geothermal, air and hot water zoning systems and HVAC building automation systems.  

Example Occupations

  • HVAC Mechanic and Installer
  • Construction and Related Work

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to several certifications, including from ESCO and NCCER.


Industrial Technology

Ivy Tech’s Industrial Technology program will provide high quality training and develop skills in the area of Industrial Technology. From welding classes to learning about fluid power systems, the hands-on objectives in this program will have students qualified to enter the workforce. We use only the current and emerging technologies in the industry while training. Our business and industrial partners have helped us for the curriculum to meet the demands of the ever-changing work environment.

Example Occupations

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Pipe Welder
  • Structural Metal Fabricator
  • Maintenance and Repair Worker

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications such as the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certificate, the MSSC Certified Production Technician, as well as AWS welding certifications.


Healthcare Specialist

Students in the Healthcare Specialist program are able to study a wide variety of certification options, including Dementia Care, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing Aide, and more.

Example Occupations

  • Healthcare Support Worker
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administrator

Additional Information
A number of industry certifications and professional designations are available through the Healthcare Specialist program. For example, completion of the Pharmacy Technician CT leads to eligibility for certification examination through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the National Healthcareer Association; Phlebotomy Technician CT leads to a Certified Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 


Human Services

Prepares students to be Direct Care Professionals in the mental health industry, specifically for drug abusers and addicts.

Example Occupations

  • Direct Care/Support Professional

Informatics

The field of informatics dynamically infuses information science and technology into the lives of people at work and play. It involves studying how people interact with computers, data and other technologies to increase productivity and enhance communication. Informatics addresses how people in various disciplines can employ computer technology with a wide range of tasks from automating mundane processes to helping people see the bigger picture at the strategic level. Students will study topics in information technology and information systems, completing their degree with an interdisciplinary emphasis such as health sciences, criminal justice, accounting, social sciences and others.

Example Occupations

  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Computer User Support Specialist

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Informatics field including CompTIA A+ certification.


Information Technology Support

The Information Technology Support program provides students with knowledge and skills needed to deploy, troubleshoot, and support stand-alone and networked computing systems and technology. Students will learn problem solving techniques for solutions to practical computer related issues; skills in computing technology support similar to that in a helpdesk environment; the soft skills needed to interact with and support a diversity of customers; the ability to diagnose problems and walk customers through resolving these issues; skills in helping customers with computer related issues; and to supporting/repairing computer equipment and training others in using computing technology.

Example Occupations

  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Information Technology Support field including CompTIA: A+ and Network+; Microsoft Certified Professional: Configuring Windows; and Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Fundamentals and Windows Server Administration Fundamentals.


Machine Tool Technology

The Machine Tool Technology program offers both hands on learning and computer control machining. The Certifications students will receive through courses are nationally recognized. This gives graduates the best opportunity for employment and to earn higher wages. Virtually all manufactured products depend on America’s precision machining industry at some point in their production. The employer input on the program is because of the high demand for solid training in the field of metal cutting operations.

Example Occupations

  • Machinist
  • First Line Supervisor/Manager of Production
  • Tool and Die Maker

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to several certifications including MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification, and NIMS Measurement, Materials & Safety Certification.


Manufacturing Production and Operations (MPRO)

The MPRO Program is a complete online degree designed to develop skills and knowledge of modern manufacturing processes. Manufacturing companies require skilled machine operators to produce high quality products. This program prepares students to become skilled production operators that can succeed in manufacturing environments. Students will be trained to understand the needs, processes, and activities used in today’s manufacturing environment.

Example Occupations

  • Industrial Production Manager
  • First Line Supervisor of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • Team Assembler

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting program is a selective program (varies by campus). When you apply to the college, you will be accepted into the undeclared program while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Medical Assisting program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Classes will focus on patient care, venipuncture, electrocardiogram, vital signs, injections, medical coding, electronic charting and medical records. Students will learn in a variety of settings, including a computer lab, phlebotomy lab, laboratory skills lab, and clinical skills lab with two fully functioning patient exam rooms.

Example Occupations

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Medical Transcriptionist

Additional Information
CT in Outpatient Insurance Coding leads to a Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).


Network Infrastructure

The Network Infrastructure (NETI) program develops and refines knowledge and practical skills in the design, installation, configuration, and secure administration of digital networks.

Example Occupations

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Computer User Support Specialists

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Network Infrastructure field including CompTIA Network+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician, and Cisco Certified Network Associate.


Nursing

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is an integral part of the health care team. The Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require this certificate. This program provides education in conceptual and technical skills in preparation for the role of a Licensed Practical Nurse. Curriculum is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical nursing skills and concepts. The Practical Nursing program leads to a Technical Certificate that can be completed in one year.

Example Occupations

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

Additional Information
The practical nursing program is a selective admission program with a separate application process and with a limited number of students accepted each year.


Paramedic Science

The Paramedic Science program at Ivy Tech is taught by some of the area's finest paramedics. Students will benefit from 360 hours of clinical experience, 400 hours of an internship using hands-on experiences in actual patient care settings.  The curriculum is a careful mix of lecture, demonstration, in-class skill practice sessions and clinical rotations. Through all of these experiences, students obtain the knowledge and skills to allow them to function in the ever changing world of Emergency Medical Services.

Example Occupations

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic

Additional Information
Students are prepared to earn the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. The Paramedic Science program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Specialist with a concentration in Paramedic Science while you complete the prerequisite requirements.


Server Administration

The Server Administration program is focused on relevant enterprise server operating systems configuration, management, and security. The program focuses on current network security concepts and industry certification preparation. Students will be asked to interpret an organization’s information technology requirements. Students earning this degree will have the technical knowledge and skills to work in the increasingly important field of server administration.

Example Occupations

  • Server Support Technician
  • Network Server Support Analyst
  • Network Administrator

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Server Administration field including CompTIA: A+, Linux+, and Network+.


Software Development

The Software development program prepares students to develop, test and maintain the software applications that people use everyday with their computers and other technical devices. The coursework involves a combination or practical programming techniques and problem-solving skills. This program prepares students to start a career in the fast-changing world of information technology with practical knowledge and skills for an entry-level position in software development.

Example Occupations

  • Applications Developer
  • Systems Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • Webmaster

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in the Software Development field, such as Oracle Java Foundations, ATC Android Developer certifications, Microsoft Software Development Fundamentals, HTML5 MTA certifications, as well as for parts of the CIW Web Development Professional certification.


Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management program prepares students to enter the workforce with the skills demanded in industry. It addresses the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, analysis and finished goods. Students are able to study and get familiar with the high technologies and information systems used to track goods and increase efficiencies.

Example Occupations

  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Sourcing Specialist

Additional Information
Students are prepared to take industry standard certification exams that lead to certifications in MSSC Certified Logistics Associate (CLA ) and MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). 


Therapeutic Massage

Massage skills include assessment, relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, deep tissue, sports massage, hydrotherapies, and applications for special populations including pregnant women, children, geriatrics and the disabled. Anatomy, physiology, disease conditions, pharmacology and their effects on the body alone and during massage applications are studied thoroughly, to promote understanding of massage indications and contraindications. Psychological and emotional issues, legal and ethical aspects, and business development are also addressed. The program is designed to prepare you for entry into the massage profession, with an emphasis on working within the wellness and health care communities.

Example Occupations

  • Massage Therapist

Additional Information
Completion of the Therapeutic Massage Certificate leads to the eligibility to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) which is offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).