Community and Regional Planning Certificate of Advanced Study - Online

Mirrored buildingCalifornia State University, Fresno will soon launch a Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning. This certificate program is a post-undergraduate professional program providing key theoretical, professional, technical, and ethical foundation classes in the planning field. The program has a total of 15 units, and is offered fully online.

The certificate program is designed for professionals in occupations including architecture, engineering, planning, elected and appointed public officials, and non-profit community service providers.

Planning is a relatively small but growing field. U.S. News and World Report rated Urban and Regional Planner as one of the “Best Careers” in 2009 (U.S. News, 2009). Urban Planners work in rural areas, suburban areas, and large cities. They function in the public sector within federal, state, and local governments. They also work in nonprofits and within the private sector in real estate companies and planning or multi-disciplinary consulting firms. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2 in 3 urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2012. Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022.