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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

College of the Desert

Vocational training and certification programs for adults ages 18 and older.

Services Offered

Vocational Training • Certification Program • Education


COD is a two year community college offering a number of popular vocational and technical training and certification. Certificate programs include courses in Administration of Justice, Air Conditioning/HVAC, Architecture/Environmental Design, Automotive Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, and Public at the Public Safety Academy training facility. Vocational training programs include Computer Science, Digital Design and Production, Economics, Mathematics, Journalism, Performing Arts, Science, and Social Sciences. View a list of additional certificate programs.


43-500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260 33.732431 -116.386833

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English


-You must be at least 18 years old or have a high school diploma or GED to enroll.
-Prerequisites may apply and will vary by program. Please see the current course catalog for program-specific requirements.
-Tuition is $46 per credit hour for California residents and $252 per credit hour for non-residents Click here for tuition and fee details.


  • Adults accepted

How to Apply

Complete the online application to begin the enrollment process. You will also need to attend an orientation session and schedule workshop, complete an assessment, apply for financial aid), and meet with an academic counselor. You will be notified if additional documentation, such as proof of residency or proof of income, is needed. A wait list may apply for some programs. For more information, contact the Admissions and Records office at 760-773-2516.

Course offerings vary by semester and location. See the current course catalog for a schedule.

Other Locations

COD Desert Hot Springs Campus
Program Phone: (760) 773-2516
11625 W. Dr.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
COD Indio Campus
Program Phone: (760) 773-2516
45524 Oasis St.
Indio, CA 92201
COD Main Campus
Program Phone: (760) 773-2516
43-500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260