Certificate Requirements & Applications

Certificate Requirements

Delta College will award one of the following two types of certificates to any student who completes successfully the following requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (less than 18 units)

  • Completion of not less than the number of units of coursework as listed in the college catalog.
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course.
  • All units must be completed at San Joaquin Delta College.
  • Units earned through Credit by Examination do not apply.
  • For specific course requirements, see the Certificate checklists

Certificate of Achievement (18 units and over)

  • Satisfactory completion of not less than the number of units (see college catalog) of coursework as listed in the college catalog.
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course.
  • The student must complete a minimum of 12 units or two-thirds of the certificate coursework (whichever is the greater number) at San Joaquin Delta College from the requirements and within the specific subject matter areas in which the certificate is granted.
  • Units earned through Credit by Examination do not apply.
  • For specific course requirements, see the Certificate checklists

Evaluation of Certificate Completion

  • The Evaluations Office certifies that a student has completed the requirements for the certificate.
  • The Discipline Group may waive a portion of the certificate requirement if the student has met the requirement in an alternate manner. Total unit requirements must be satisfied.
  • The instructional program at Delta College is divided among the academic divisions. For a list of areas of interests within each Division, see the College's current catalog.

Course Substitutions for Certificates

Course Substitutions are intended to meet emergency situations. Substitutions are not usually granted more than one semester in advance. Course Substitutions are applicable in situations where the student believes he/she has taken an equivalent course or when a required course is unavailable and an equivalent needs to be recommended. The Division Discipline Group MUST approve all certificate substitutions.

Course Substitution Form for Certificates


Apply for and Receiving Your Certificate

Certificate applications are submitted at the beginning of the term during which the student expects to complete the certificate requirements.

Apply for Your Certificate

Certificate Postings and Mailings

The Certificate(s) CANNOT be posted to the student's record until after the end of the term during which it was earned. This usually occurs during the second or third week following the end of that term. It could take longer if the student took a class that ends beyond the end of the term, as all grades must be posted. It could also be delayed if the student has an "Incomplete" to clear or has submitted a grade change request.

The certificates are mailed approximately two months after the end of the term. The approximate availability dates are as follows:

  • Summer: mid-October
  • Fall: late February
  • Spring: late July

Reprint Request for Degree or Certificate

Students who have previously earned a degree or certificate can order a reprint of that document. There is $10.00 processing fee for each reprint request. ALL holds must be cleared before the reprint can be released. Reprints take up to three weeks and are mailed to the student.

To order a reprint of a certificate, please come to the Evaluations Office to complete a Reprint Request Form.​​

Contact Information Email: ar-evaluations@deltacollege.edu