Skills Certificate, Retail Management

This program can be completed 100% online. 

Program Description

Successful completion of the courses in the Retail Management Skills Certificate qualifies you to receive the nationally recognized industry certification, while providing you with the valuable skills needed to start or advance your career in the retail industry. 

The program is designed to meet the education requirements of the retail industry and is endorsed by the leading retailers across the nation. The Retail Management Certificate is an accredited business program that will give you the skills you need to get started or advance your career in the retail industry. The certificate, which was founded by WAFC, has been recognized as part of the White House's Upskill Initiative, and leading organizations and foundations including the Clinton Global Initiative, ACT Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
BUS 111 Workplace Communications 1-3
MGT 171 Supervision 3
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems 3
 Semester Total10-12
2nd semester
BUS 117 Business Calculations and Methods 3
MGT 283 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
MKT 127 Introduction to Retailing 3
MKT 210 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Total12
 Total Units22-24

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
BUS 111Workplace Communications1-3
BUS 117Business Calculations and Methods3
IS 101Introduction to Information Systems3
MGT 171Supervision3
MGT 212Leadership and Human Relations3
MGT 283Introduction to Human Resources Management3
MKT 210Marketing Principles3
MKT 127Introduction to Retailing3
Total Units22-24

Students completing this Skills Certificate will develop the skills associated with the WAFC certification's core competencies of:

  • Reading, writing, and oral communications in a business environment. 
  • Decision making, task completion, teamwork, interpersonal skills and leadership, business ethics, and adaptability.
  • Merchandising, Inventory management, financial management, technology, and customer service.