Certificate Overview

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Retail Management Certificate Program can help you get a job, start a new profession or advance your current career! The Retail Management Certificate is designed to prepare students for career opportunities and upward mobility in the retail industry and is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI).  The certificate course content and learning outcomes mirror those advocated by the National Retail Federation, thus is applicable for any retail sector.

LAVC offers an 8-course Retail Management Certificate that can be completed within only two years while working full or part time. All courses are available on campus.  Five courses are currently available online: CAOT 082 (Microcomputer Software Survey in the Office) and MARKET 021 (Principles of Marketing), MGMT 031 (Human Relations for Employees), MGMT 033 (Personnel Management), and MARKET 031 (Retail Merchandising) .  Courses are comprehensive, academic, for-credit college-level and apply to more advanced educational programs such as an Associate’s Degree in Business or towards Certificates of Achievement in Retail Management, Business Management, and Marketing.

While entry-level retail opportunities may not require formal education, advancement and higher earning positions will require advanced knowledge supported by a college education which incorporates educational knowledge and technical skills, such as management styles, people skills, merchandising philosophies, and technology.

Approved Certificate Courses

Section & Course Title

Course Number

Credits

Human Relations in Business
Please complete the following course:
Human Relations for EmployeesMGMT 0313
Business Technology
Please complete the following course:
Microcomputer Software Survey in the OfficeCAOT 0823
Business Communication
Please complete the following course:
Business CommunicationsBUS 0323
Principles of Management
Please complete the following course:
Principles of ManagementMGMT 0013
Principles of Marketing
Please complete the following course:
Principles of MarketingMARKET 0213
Human Resource Management
Please complete the following course:
Personnel ManagementMGMT 0333
Financial Management/Budgeting
Please complete the following course:
Business ComputationsBUS 0383
Retail Management
Please complete the following course:
Retail MerchandisingMARKET 0313
A total of 24 credits is required for this certificate.
Updated June 2016