Business & Management Certificate/AAS Degree

An Associate's of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in business is considered a "complete" degree that prepares graduates to begin or advance their careers in the business world. This degree prepares students for employment directly into the workforce as managers, assistant managers, supervisors, and other related administrative positions.

Graduates can choose to continue their studies into a Bachelors program at a state university. Some universities have responded to the needs in particular technical fields with provisions for programs so that students with an A.A.S. degree may transfer without loss of credit. Refer to the Major and/or Transfer guides on the AZTRANSFER website for more information on the Bachelor of Applied Science degrees at One transfer opportunity is NAU's 90/30 Bachelors of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Public Administration that allow 90 credits to transfer from a community college.

Both the Business and the Management Certificates prepare students for entry-level employment opportunitites.

Individuals with a degree can change career paths and complete a certificate to give them additional employable credentials. Careful planning can allow you to mix and match certificates and degrees. For example, if you plan accordingly, you could complete the Accounting Certificate or the Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate, each with 18 credits and stack those credits toward the 14 elective credits contained in the Business A.A.S. degree. See catalog for additional certificates and degree requirements.

See Business or Management Certificate or Business AAS Degree Programming Sequence Guides attached under Resources.



Business Certificate (18 credits)

Description: The Business certificate prepares individuals for entry-level position in business, provides skills to help them organize their own business, and stacks into the Business A.A.S.

Employment Opportunities

Administrative Assistant - Provides organizational, administrative and secretarial support to employees and management.
Human Resources Assistant - Supports human resources processes by administering tests; scheduling appointments; conducting orientation; maintaining records and information.
Customer Service Representative - Provides customer service by providing product and equipment knowledge; responding to customer requests; responding to customer inquiries

Bus. Management

Management Certificate (24 credits)

Description:  The Management Certificate is designed to prepare individuals who desire to work in the mid-level management positions.  Courses are designed to include the business essentials and also emphasize the skill sets needed for effective management and communication in the work environment. The eight courses (24 credits) provide instruction in the background and knowledge necessary for students to develop the judgment skills they must exercise as business managers.  Beginning Fall 2016, this certificate has been changed from ten courses to eight courses (24 credits); see Programming Sequence Guides for details.  These courses can be applied towards the Business A.A.S. degree.

The Management Certificate focuses on communication, finances, legal issues, basic marketing and management principles that develop leadership and supervision skills.  Most careers often lead to Management level positions.

Find out more about the employee tuition reimbursement for the Retail Management Certificate Program (RMCP) through the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) national partnership.  The RMCP certificate is comprised of these ten basic management foundation courses in Central Arizona College's Management Certificate. Industry participant employers include Albertson's, Bashas, Coca Cola, Costco (Calif), Fry's, Pro's Ranch Markets, Safeway, Smiths Food & Drug, Smart & Final Corp., Whole Foods:

Western Association of Food Chains Link

AFMA Journal Article for Retail Management Certificate

WAFC Retail Management Certificate Flyer (30 credits)

WAFC Retail Management Website


Employment Opportunities

Mortgage Loan Officer - Increases mortgage loan portfolio by developing business contacts; attracting mortgage customers; completing mortgage loan processing and closing; supervising staff.
Assistant Manager - Assists manager by managing staff; planning and evaluating department activities; maintaining departmental standards and product knowledge; lending any additional support necessary to manager.
•Administrative Secretary - Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.


Associate of Applied Science in Business (A.A.S. 66 credits)

Description: The Business A.A.S. Degree prepares students for entry-level position in business and provides skills necessary for helping them begin their own business.

Employment Opportunities

Executive Assistant - Provides support and service to executives by responding to correspondence, presentations, and completing manuals, newsletters, and planning meetings and other company activities as necessary.
•Office Manager - Supports operations by organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Entrepreneurship- A person who organizes and operates their own business or businesses; taking on financial risk to do so.

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