Technical Studies Certificate | BridgeValley



Technical Studies Certificate

The Certificate of Applied Science in Technical Studies addresses the identified educational and training needs of business, industry, labor and governmental agencies through the delivery of customized programs in a timely and efficient manner.


Component I-General Education Credit Hours
Communication Skills Appropriate to the Occupational Area 3
Quantitative Skills 3
Optional Additional General Education or Technical Courses which directly support the Technical Knowledge/Skills Taught in the Program 0-5
Component Total 6 to 11
Component II – Technical / Occupational Specialty Credit Hours
This component consists of technical specialty courses specific to an occupational area. Technical courses developed by the college, approved courses included in a business, industry, labor or agency-based education/ training program, or combinations of credit courses and/or non-credit training modules evaluated for credit equivalency by an identified college body can be included in this component. Externally based education and training programs which are equivalent to college level classroom/lab courses are to be converted to college credit hours at no less ratio than 15:1 contact to credit hours for lecture, and at a rate consistent the lab contact hour/credit hour ratio of BVCTC for laboratory credit. Credit equivalencies for noncredit training modules will be converted at no less ratio than 30:1 contact to credit hours. Credit for externally based education and training will be awarded upon completion of the college work required in Component I.  
Component Total 24 Max
Component III – Supervised Worksite Based Learning or OJT Training Credit Hours
Credit for worksite-based training is optional in the certificate in technical studies program. When incorporated, such training consists of an internship, practicum, or OJT experience performed in an occupational setting related to the certificate. The credit value of internships will be determined by the process and contact to credit hour ratio used in traditional programs. On-the-job training experience will be converted at a ratio of 160:1 contact hour per credit hour, with a maximum of 960 contact hours allowable. This credit may be recorded immediately prior to graduation from college.  
Component Total 6 Max