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Technical Diplomas / Certificates

The benefits of having a technical diploma/certificate are similar to the benefits of having a college degree.

The certificate validates that you possess working knowledge and/or technical expertise in a focused area of practice or profession. A certificate is used as proof to prospective employers and clients that you have been exposed to information that is vital to job performance. 

Community Colleges

TBR community colleges offer technical certificates for the completion of a designated body of study with varying course credit requirements. Offered in a semester format, the certificates prepare students for immediate employment in a specialized area or to grow within their career field. They are designed for the student who does not intend to transfer to a traditional baccalaureate degree program. Several certificates cover a significant and unified portion of the requirements needed to earn an associate’s degree.


Universities offer certificates as a stand-alone achievement or to enhance an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field. 

Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs)

TCAT programs leading to a technical diploma or certificate are offered in response to the training needs of local area business and industry. Since the credential denotes proficiency in a particular occupation, program standards are determined in consultation with an advisory board of practicing professionals. Students can earn a technical certificate with either one trimester (432 clock hours) or two trimesters (864 clock hours) of course requirements. Diplomas can be earned in three trimesters and require 1,296 clock hours.