Certification & Licensure

Professional certification indicates a person is certified to complete a job or task or to have expertise in a particular body of knowledge, usually by the passing of an examination.

There are two general types of professional certification: some are valid for a lifetime, once the exam is passed. Others have to be re-certified again after a certain period of time. 

Certification does not refer to the state of legally being able to practice or work in a profession. That is licensure. Usually, Licensure is administered by a governmental entity for public protection purposes and a professional association administers certification. Licensure and certification are similar in that they both require the demonstration of a certain level of knowledge or ability.

Several different departments at Amarillo College offer courses that lead to certification, licensure, or license renewal. Contact Leslie Shelton at (806) 467-3041 or lgshelton@actx.edu for more information.

Financial Aid is available for Workforce CE classes 24 hours and longer. You can download the application here.

CE classes available for financial aid include:

  • Irrigator License
  • SHRM: Certificate in Human Resources
  • Arborist Pre-license
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Project Management

For more information, call: (806) 467-3041 or email Leslie Shelton

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