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Personal Computer Specialist Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 33.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Spring 2010


The Personal Computer Specialist Certificate of Achievement program is an in-depth study of Windows-based computer systems including: programming, operating system, utilities, application software, hardware selection and installation, and telecommunications. Students are required to take some business English and Math courses as well as computer related courses.

The student may not necessarily be employed in the technology industry, but rather support and use personal computers in any field. There is an opportunity for advancement from the entry-level position as skills are developed through experience.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. More information about Computer and Information Sciences programs can be found at the Computer and Information Sciences Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Use a Windows-based computer on a variety of levels including application software, Windows operating system and programming;
  2. identify and install computer hardware components;
  3. apply principles of telecommunication to computer hardware and software;
  4. accurately use computer terminology when describing a computer problem or solution; and
  5. exhibit basic math and English skills related to computer use.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Personal Computer Specialist Certificate program are:

  • Complete 33.5 units from
    • Personal Computer Specialist Requirements

Personal Computer Specialist Requirements - complete 33.50 units
CS 60.11A Microsoft Word, Core1.50
CS 60.11B Microsoft Word, Expert1.50
CS 61.11 Microsoft Excel3.00
CS 80.11 Exploring Microsoft Windows3.00
CS 80.13 Windows Command Line/Microsoft DOS3.00
CS 80.15 IT Essentials 1: PC Hardware and Software4.00
CS 82.21A Network Fundamentals (Cisco Networking 1)4.00
CS 82.51 Virus Protection/Disk Backup0.50
CS 84.21 Management Information Systems3.00
CS 182.52 Sending Files and Photos Through Web Storage0.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BGN 71 Business English Grammar3.00
BMG 52 Written Communication in Organizations3.00
ENGL 100 College Reading and Writing4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BMG 54 Quantitative Skills/Math3.00
MATH 150A Elementary Algebra 13.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CS 50.11A Creating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 11.50
CS 50.11B Creating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 21.50
CIS 58.62A Dreamweaver, Beginning1.50
CIS 58.62B Dreamweaver, Intermediate1.50
CS 63.11 Microsoft Access3.00
CS 63.11A Microsoft Access, Core1.50
CS 63.11B Microsoft Access, Expert1.50
CS 74.21A Digital Video Post Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21B Digital Video Post Production Techniques 21.50
CS 81.21 Introduction to UNIX3.00
CS 115.11A Robotic Design and Programming 13.00
CS 175.11 Introduction to Adobe Acrobat1.50
CS 182.51 Security for Cable and DSL Home Networks0.50

Term Effective: Spring 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2012

Previous Versions:

Personal Computer Specialist - effective Fall 2009
Personal Computer Specialist - effective Spring 2009
Personal Computer Specialist - effective Summer 2007
Personal Computer Specialist - effective Summer 2006
Personal Computer Specialist - effective Spring 2001

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


A grade of C or better must be earned for all courses taken as part of this certificate program.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Personal Computer Specialist Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 18 months.

This program will cost $5,045.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: CA

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

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