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Industry Certifications for Career Education

Career education is all about getting you ready for your career and boosting your skills to improve your prospects. That’s why College of Marin offers a number of industry certifications to enhance our programs.

Auto Technology/Electronic Instruments

Earn 3 Certifications with one class: Multimeter, Automotive Scanner Diagnostics Certification, and Mechanical and Electronic Torque Instrument Certification in conjunction with Snap-On Tools:

  • Take AUTO 139J – Electronic Instrument Certification – 3 units
  • Certification Information:
    • Multimeter Certification – Become a power user of digital multimeters. Learn how to perform the initial safety and reliability checks on you meter and effectively utilize 90% of all available features. Download Snap-on Multimeter pdf for more details
    • Automotive Scanner Diagnostics Certification – Today’s vehicles require computerized diagnostics to properly identify problems. Become adept at working with automotive scanner controls, with troubleshooting techniques. Download Snap-on Scanner pdf for more details
    • Mechanical and Electronic Torque Instrument Certification – Develop thorough knowledge of torque theory and master the complexities of proper tightening of fasteners. Download Snap-on Torque pdf for more details

Visit the Automotive Technology program page and the Electronics Technology program page for more educational information.



Computer Information Systems

Cisco CompTIA A+ Certification

  • Take CIS 120 IT Essentials (4 units, estimated cost: $210 in tuition and fees; $10 in books & supplies).
  • Cisco Level 1 exam available thru College of Marin.
  • About this Certificate: Completing your CompTIA A+ certification is excellent for helpdesk and higher positions, including entry-level networking career opportunities.

Questions? Call Instructors, Ed Essick or Yvonne Ortiz at (415) 457-8811 x7610

View the College of Marin Computer Information Systems program page.



Certiport Testing

College of Marin has been named as a Certiport Authorized Testing Center and will offer the globally-recognized certification exams for Adobe, Microsoft and other high-demand certifications to students in the Multimedia Studies and Computer Information Systems programs. College of Marin is currently the only Certiport Authorized Testing Center in Marin County, and as a private testing center it is available exclusively to College of Marin students and staff.

Offering the Certiport exams at no cost to enrolled students provides an added bonus to standard college credentials; Certiport exams normally cost $150 for the first attempt, and $95 for any additional attempts.

Students interested in learning more about these and other professional certifications currently available at College of Marin should contact the Computer Information Systems Department at (415) 457-8811 x8205.

MS Office Specialist Certification

Students who successfully complete the coursework in a MS Office application will have the opportunity to take the corresponding MS Office Specialist certification exam for FREE.  Students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a free GMetrix subscription for 1 year.  The GMetrix exam preparation is an interactive software application that allows the student to prepare at their own pace for up to a year.

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam: Word

  • CIS 102 Beginning Word - 1.5 units
  • CIS 103 Intermediate Word - 1.5 units

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam: Access

  • CIS 117 Introduction to MS Access Database Design - 1.5 units
  • CIS 127 Intermediate MS Access Database Design - 1.5 units
  • CIS 137 Advanced MS Access Database Design - 1.5 units

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam: Excel

  • CIS 118 Introduction to MS Excel Spreadsheet Design - 1.5 units
  • CIS 128 Intermediate MS Excel Spreadsheet Design - 1.5 units

Microsoft Office Specialist Exam: PowerPoint

  • CIS 113 MS PowerPoint - 1.5 units

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Questions regarding College of Marin Certiport course offerings? Please contact Lance Barthelemy at or call (415) 457-8811 x7603



Dental Assisting (Registered)

College of Marin is approved by the Dental Board of California. Our Registered Dental Assisting program prepares you for industry certification/licensing:

  • Successful completion of College of Marin’s Dental Assisting program teaches you the dental assisting skills you need to pass the State of California Registered Dental Assisting boards. College of Marin does not administer this exam. For further details of educational and other requirements, see the Dental Board of California’s Applicant webpage.
  • As a student of our Registered Dental Assisting program, you will earn these additional certifications as part of the program. These certifications are required by the State of California for the responsibilities performed:
    • Radiation Safety
    • Infection Control
    • Coronal Polish
    • Pit & Fissure Sealants

For more details about dental assisting education at the College of Marin, see the Registered Dental Assisting program page.



Emergency Medical Technician (Fire Technology)

College of Marin is a state-approved agency to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training.

College of Marin prepares you to take the exam, but does not administer the exam. The exam is administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. To learn more about the NREMT exam, see

College of Marin also offers continuing education (CE) courses for those who need to recertify.

See the Fire Technology program page for full details about the courses we offer and re-certification requirements.







ServSafe Food Manager Certification

The ServSafe Manager Certification is a nationally recognized and accredited credential for food safety and sanitation workers. The ServSafe training program provides resources to help keep food safety an essential ingredient in every meal. 

  • Take HOSP 110 Safety and Sanitation course (3 units)
  • Sign up for and pass the ServSafe Food Safety Manager Exam – offered periodically through the College of Marin and at other locations in the Bay Area.
  • Other details: California law requires that all food establishments have at least one certified Certified Food Manager (CFM) or Person in Charge, either an owner or an employee, who has successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification. Having this certification is key to opening up doors in the food service industry. 

View the College of Marin Hospitality Management program page to learn more about hospitality education.



Real Estate

College of Marin prepares you to take the California Real Estate exam, as administered by the California Bureau of Real Estate (CALBRE). College of Marin does not administer this exam; see the CALBRE website for full exam details.

The Real Estate courses are grouped around preparation for CALBRE licensing for salesperson or broker examination:

  • Each of the Skills Certificates will qualify you to take the Salesperson Exam (meet licensing educational requirements). All include REAL 115 Real Estate Practice and REAL 116 Real Estate Principles. You must also take a third class, and you can choose which one you take depending on your career interests. Other requirements apply; see the CALBRE page for salesperson license.
  • The Certificate of Achievement and Associate Degree plus two additional courses (chosen from a list of options) will meet the educational requirements for the Real Estate Broker Exam (meet licensing educational requirements). For full details and to see all requirements; see the CALBRE page for brokers license.

To view College of Marin real estate education options, see the Real Estate program page.