Welcome to the Fullerton College Career Education Resources Page

The following page of information, documents, and links is solely for the use of Fullerton College Counselors and Counseling Department Staff and should not be utilized by anyone other than the aforementioned.  The purpose is to house commonly referred to information, documents, and links to make our jobs easier.  Please feel free to contact me for things you would like to see added and/or any suggestions and thoughts.

Career Education Resources

Fullerton College Career Education/CTE Website
CTE Promo Videos and FC CTE Social Media

CTE Promo Videos

CTE FullColl Instagram

Career Education FullColl YouTube Channel

CTE Division Websites

Business and Computer Information Systems Division Website 

  • Certificate Programs in the BUS/CIS Division include: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Paralegal Studies, Real Estate, and more.

Technology and Engineering Division Website

  • 2020-2021 Dept Coordinators for Tech and Eng
  • Certificate Programs in the Tech and Engineering Division include: Administration of Justice, Architecture, Automotive, Construction, Cosmetology, Fashion, Interior Design, Journalism, Machine Technology, Photography, Radio & TV/Video Production, Printing Technology, Welding Technology, and more.

Fine Arts Division Website

  • Certificate Programs in Fine Arts Division include: Advertising and Graphic Design, Digital Arts, Illustration, Museum Studies, Music, Theatre Arts, and more.

Natural Sciences Division Website

  • Certificate Programs in the Natural Sciences Division include: Biotechnology, Horticulture, Nutrition and Foods Skills, and more.

Physical Education Division Website

  • Certificate Programs in the PE Division include: Dance Teaching, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and more.

Social Sciences Division Website


CTE Credit for ROP Courses - Updates coming soon! (8/10/21)
Career Education Staff Training Presentations
CTE Scholarships
Certificate Information: Residency, Graduation, Course Substitutions

Residency Requirements for Certificates: 50% of coursework for the certificate must be completed at Fullerton College unless otherwise noted in the catalog.

Business/CIS Division:

  • Certificate Applications and the Petition to Substitute Certificate Requirements form are currently available on the division’s website under their respective programs.
  • Advise students to only submit the certificate graduation application when “all” grades are noted on the application, and after petition to substitute certificate requirements forms are approved (if applicable).
  • The Petition to Substitute Certificate Requirements form should be submitted whenever a student uses courses that are not listed on the certificate (regardless of equivalency determined by C-ID’s or previous evaluations).
  • When using courses from colleges other than Fullerton and Cypress College for the Petition to Substitute Certificate Requirements form: always include a copy of the unofficial college transcript, regardless of whether or not the official transcript is on file with Admissions and Records.

Fine Arts Division:

  • Advise to only submit the certificate graduation application when “all” grades are noted on the application and after substitute certificate requirements have been approved by the faculty person that oversees the certificate program. The faculty person will either sign the certificate or email the department admin that processes the application with his/her substitution approval.  When in doubt of who to contact, students may reach out to the department coordinator.  If faculty are unavailable to respond, contact the Dean of Fine Arts for substitution requests. Contact information for department faculty, coordinators and dean is found on the Fine Arts Division website.
  • Attach ALL unofficial transcript(s) to the certificate application.

Tech and Engineering Division:

  • Advise students to only submit application when “all” grades are noted on the application.
  • Certificate applications are found here: https://techeng.fullcoll.edu/certificate-applications/ 
  • * Cosmetology Students do not need to apply for their certificates.  Certificates are automatically issued after successful completion of the program.

Career Education Program Resources

Administration of Justice

Counseling Notes:

Points of Interest and Clarification_AJ & Crime Scene Investigation  – Counselors Notes and Suggested Sequence

Department Newsletters:



  • 9/29/20 Biotech Level I- Lab Assistant Certificate update from Jon-Michael Hattabaugh
    • Students who take BIOL 272 will now be allowed to use it as a substitute for  BIOL 190/190LF as part of the Level I Certificate requirements. Many times, this applies to Biology/Biochemistry majors who also want to receive the Biotech certificate prior to transfer. In this scenario, they will have to take BIOL 191 and will already have met the CHEM requirement as part of the BIOL 272 prerequisite. Here is a link to the Biotech website that shows the certificates – https://fcbiotech.weebly.com/certificates.html.
    • Note: If the student chooses to substitute 272 for 190 and 190L, they may do so for the purposes of the first certificate. However, they cannot double count 272 as both a core certificate course in lieu of 190 and 190L *and* an elective course for a second or third certificate in the stack. Simply put, if they use 272 instead of 190 and 190L then they cannot use it as an elective later; they must take a *different* elective course instead of 272 in that case. Certificates are awarded by the Department and, for the time being, students can follow up with their Biotech instructors regarding appropriate substitute courses for the level 2&3 certificates.
  • Please Note: Students working towards earning the Biotech Lab Assistant Skills Certificate who would like to take the Chemistry Assessment in lieu of a class (Chem 101_F or Chem 107_F) must earn a passing score on the Chemistry Proficiency Test (23+). If students pass the Chem assessment, Counselor can send an email to Antoinette Triefenbach (email: atriefenbach@fullcoll.edu) with the student’s information (name, student ID, verifying that they passed) when they are applying for the Biotech Lab Assistant Skills Certificate.

Transfer – The Associate in Science Biological Technician is eligible for direct transfer to Mira Costa College or Solano College for B.S. in Biomanufacturing.



Business and CIS Division Website:

  • Program Information
  • Internship Program
  • Certificate Application and Petition to Substitute Certificate Requirements
  • New Certificate descriptions found here: https://buscis.fullcoll.edu/business-buzzy-blog/
      • Computer Game Design Certificate
      • Computer Game Programming Skills Certificate
      • Mobile Applications Entrepreneur Certificate
      • Entry-Level Accounting Certificate
      • The Business of Art Certificate
      • Small Business Bookkeeping Certificate
      • Payroll Accounting Certificate
      • Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate
      • Cost Accounting Certificate

CE Program Resources (continued)


Transferring Cosmetology hours from another Cosmetology Program:

  • Fullerton College’s Cosmetology program does not accept prior hours or operations from other Cosmetology programs regardless of proof of training. All students must start the program from Level 1.

Barbering Program Update 8/2021

  • The Cosmetology department is not offering a Barbering course or program yet.  The department would like to offer one Barbering course as a crossover course from Cosmetology to Barbering. This crossover course will be a 200-hour course for those who already have their Cosmetology license or completed the 1600-hour Cosmetology Program and want their Barbering license (dual license). The Cosmetology Department hopes to offer this program in the future, however it will require more classrooms.

Esthetician Certificate Update 8/2021

  • Esthetician courses are not being offered until further notice. We do encourage students to check our Cosmetology website regularly for updates, as this could change in the future.

The following community colleges offer Esthetician programs:

  • Citrus College
  • Golden West College
  • Cerritos College
  • Saddleback College
CTE Teaching
Digital Marketing Certificate
Massage Therapy Instructional Program - Discontinued

The Curriculum Committee approved the deletion of the Level I certificate spring 2020.  There are no plans to bring the program back. The Level II certificate was never state approved and should not be in the catalog.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Dean of Physical Education David Grossman.


Paralegal Studies

Program Information

Paralegal Associations

UCI Pre-Law Program    For more info contact: Estuardo Ponciano, eponciano@law.uci.edu


Transfer Articulation Agreements

Counseling Notes:

  • The Paralegal Studies Certificate may be awarded to those students completing the required coursework, and that have an Associate in Science Degree, an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. The ABA does not accept technical/vocational degrees to meet the Certificate requirement. This is under Guideline G-302(c)(F).
  • SPRING 2020 – For spring 2020, the program is accepting the P/NP for the paralegal courses and paralegal GE courses if the student requests it per the emergency institutional policy issued by FC
  • PLEG 105_F: The English 100 F prerequisite for PLEG 105 F can be waived if the student has earned a bachelor’s degree (including PLEG certificate approved international bachelor’s degrees). This waiver does not entitle the student to credit for English 100 F on the ABA approved PLEG Gen Ed pattern.
  • International Transcripts must be evaluated by one of two Fullerton College approved evaluation services. Evaluations showing that the student has earned the equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited college or university bachelor’s degree (or higher degree) can be applied to the certificate requirement of possessing an AA, AS, BA, BS or higher degree. International courses cannot be used for general education or major courses required for the Paralegal Studies Associate in Science degree.
  • PLEG Gen Ed Pattern: It does not matter when a course was taken as long as it is on the current ABA approved PLEG Gen Ed Pattern.  Any course completed at another college must be equivalent to the Fullerton College course listed on the ABA approved PLEG Gen Ed Pattern. Official transcripts from that college showing student received a grade of C or better in the equivalent course must be on file with Admissions & Records.
  • Students who wish to transfer Paralegal Studies units (up to a maximum of six (6) units) must obtain prior approval from the Paralegal Department Coordinator or the Business Division Dean.  See link for ABA approved programs in California.
  • AP Credit: If a student earned a score on an AP exam that we grant Fullerton College course credit, the student can receive credit on the ABA approved GE pattern (assuming the course is listed on the pattern).
  • CLEP Exam Credit: The only CLEP exam that students can take to receive credit on the ABA approved Paralegal Studies General Education Pattern is the CLEP College Composition (non-modular) exam.  Receiving a passing score of 50+  allows for ENGL 100 credit on the ABA approved Paralegal Studies General Education Pattern.
  • PLEG 223 F Advanced Legal Research & Writing – More and more lawyers depend on their paralegals to write well and persuasively.  This course is recommended for all Paralegal Studies students, but especially for those that are not strong writers.
  • PLEG 215 F Discovery in Electronic Age – Many attorneys are not versed in E-Discovery but are expected to retain at least someone on their staff or work with a consultant skilled in E-Discovery.  That said, this course can be advantageous for Paralegal employment opportunities.  Students will learn everything from data collection to trial presentation.  Upon completion of this course, students will achieve their eDiscovery Technology Certificate from the National Society for Legal Technology (NSLT).  Additionally, curriculum from this course will prepare students to sit for the E-Discovery Executive (eDEX) Certificate offered by the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), which is the first step towards getting the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) Certification.
Theatre Arts
Radiologic Technology
Apprenticeship Programs

Points of Interest and Clarification_Welding Tech (5/3/21)

Program Updates (8/14/19)

  • WELD 121AF has been replaced with WELD 100_F
  • WELD 121BF has been replaced with WELD 120_F.
  • Welding courses with co-requisites listed means that the student can enroll in the course if they have either completed the co-requisite course and earned a grade of C or better or are concurrently enrolled in the co-requisite course.
  • Students beginning the Welding program are advised to take either WELD 100_F or WELD 091AF first.  They should plan to take the WELD 91 series (AF, BF, CF and DF) in order.
  • Students who are also interested in earning an Associate’s degree are advised to follow the Manufacturing Technology Associate in Science Degree – Welding Concentration.