Certificates

We offer four certificate programs designed to provide the most essential core competencies in each area.

Students majoring in Recreation Administration may benefit from a certificate program that compliments their own emphasis. Also, this allows majors in fields other than Recreation Administration to learn useful career skills that will compliment their own major.

The certificate programs include:

Adventure-Based Programming

The Certificate in Adventure-Based Programming is designed for students pursuing a professional interest in perceived risk and wilderness activities within settings such as youth organizations, church groups, travel and tourism, and schools and colleges. Adventure education will be explored through courses using group initiative and perceived risk activities to foster personal development. The certificate will center on preparing students to facilitate ropes courses, climbing walls, mobile initiative courses, and natural resource-based pursuits such as rock climbing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Students will learn specific sequencing, processing, and leadership techniques for adventure education. They will gain insight into their own strengths and weaknesses related to interaction with on-going psychodynamic processes and apply these techniques to diverse groups and special populations. All coursework to be applied to this certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C to be counted.

You may find the application which includes the required list of courses on the form here

Serving At-Risk Youth

The Certificate in Serving At-Risk Youth is awarded to students who successfully complete 12 units of upper-division coursework selected to provide an overview of the critical issues that face youth and the service concerns associated with meeting their needs. All coursework to be applied to this certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C to be counted.

You may find the application which includes the required list of courses on the form here

Special Event Planning

The Certificate in Special Event Planning is designed to prepare students to plan large community events such as street fairs, community festivals, convention center events, major fund-raising
events, corporate events, and joint sponsorship events. Students must complete a minimum of 12 units of upper-division coursework. All coursework to be applied to this certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

The certificate is appropriate for those students seeking employment in community-based recreation agencies, corporate recreation, community nonprofit organizations, convention centers, and any business dealing with special event planning.

You may find the application which includes the required list of courses on the form here

Sports and Entertainment Facility Management

The certificate in Sports and Entertainment Facility Management is awarded to students who successfully complete 16 units of upper-division coursework selected to provide students a foundation in this area.

The certificate is appropriate for students with interest in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, performing arts centers, and other public assembly facilities.

Students will learn about the operations, marketing, and management of these facilities, as well as gain related practical experience. All coursework to be applied to this certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better.

You may find the application which includes the required list of courses on the form here