Upon successful completion of a specific career program listed in the catalog, students will receive a certificate if they have passed all the required coursework, including general education requirements, maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better, and have satisfied any outstanding debt to the university.
Each student in a Certificate program at Navajo Technical University must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of general education.
Certificate students are required to take CMP-101 (Introduction to Computers) in their first semester, preferably before at least concurrently with their English course. General education English courses incorporate the use of various types of computer technology in the classroom and rely heavily upon computer-generated assessments.
Federal regulations require institutions participating in student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible education programs.
An Applied Computer Technology background enables students to work with information systems and solve management problems using computer hardware and software. Graduates will have a sound background in fundamental computer skills using a wide variety of computer equipment.
The Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare individuals for jobs in maintenance and mechanical repair of cars and light trucks.
The occupational competencies are aligned with National Automotive Technical Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards.
The Carpentry program provides students with job-ready skills for entrance into the residential construction industry.
Classes meet each day in indoor or outdoor labs specifically designed for residential construction projects. During the first semester, safety rules, wood identification, technical terminology, proper use of tools, carpentry mathematics, blueprint reading, and residential framing fundamentals are taught.
This is an entry-level tractor-trailer driver course. The primary goal of the program is to train the student driver to obtain a Commercial Driver License. Supervised training is used as a reliable way of teaching the special skills required to safely and legally operate various types of tractor-trailer combinations (van trailer, tanker, doubles, and triples). The curriculum incorporates general theories of tractor-trailer operation including proper maintenance, pre-trip inspections, daily log requirements, professional tractor-trailer maneuvers (basic skills) and field trips (driving the rig) throughout the Four Corners area. Graduates can seek employment as professional over-the-road drivers, drivers for local companies, or establish their own trucking company.
The Certificate Program in Computer Science requires 31 credit hours and is designed for a one-year program of study. The program is designed to prepare students for entry level job on Navajo Nation and students may continue to obtain and an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree.
- General Education Requirements – 13 Credits
- Core Computer Science Courses – 18 Credits
The Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) program prepares students to pursue a drafting career. Students in the CAD program work with 2-D CAD, Microsoft Office Suite, and commercial and residential blueprint reading. Students completing the BIM degree program will have a broad range of 2-D and 3-D CAD, drafting skills and a solid, well-rounded educational foundation. Skills obtained at NTU give students the opportunity to apply in various internships with NASA, NASA affiliates and gain employment in various industries such as architectural or engineering firms.
The Construction Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in the construction industry. The occupational competencies are aligned with the National Center for Construction Education and Research standards.
Construction technology includes units of instruction in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, construction math, plans, specifications, and building codes, facilities maintenance, computer-aided drafting, and welding technology.
The Certificate Program in Counseling requires 33 credit hours and is designed for a one-year program of study. The program is designed to prepare students for entry level job on Navajo behavioral health facilities and students may continue to obtain and an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree. Graduates from this program will work on the Navajo Nation behavioral health facilities and eight graduates will be needed per year.
The Culinary Arts program provides students with the basic knowledge needed for entry into the professional food industry. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience, as well as theory and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of meal preparation for the staff, students, and community.
The Electrical Trades program enables students to develop marketable skills and gain the knowledge needed to excel at various jobs in the electrical industry such as electrician, apprentice lineman, maintenance electrician, and electrical sales. The electrical trade’s classes meet each day in indoor or outdoor labs specifically designed for practical work experience within the trade.
The Environmental Science and Natural Resources certificate program emphasizes a thorough overview of environmental laws, hands-on experience, regulatory compliance, safety, and Native American perspectives on environmental and natural resource protection and management. The program is designed to meet the needs of tribal, state, and federal environmental and natural resource management entities, particularly those entities working in Native American communities.
The Geographic Information Technology (GIT) program will serve to introduce students to the fundamental principles of geographic information systems, remote sensing, database applications, cartography, and enable students to understand the current state of knowledge residing in a geographic information system.
Navajo Technical University offers a certificate in Industrial Maintenance and Operations. An industrial maintenance mechanic is a person trained to repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, plants or factories. This program focuses on vibration analysis, electrical troubleshooting, drive system repair and hydraulic, pneumatic system troubleshooting and repair. They also troubleshoot and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, electrical control systems and complete preventive maintenance of other types of machinery.
The IT certificate is designed to ensure a thorough knowledge of information systems and includes general practice using contemporary technologies in troubleshooting, problem solving, organization, customer support, analysis, evaluation, communication, and transmission of information.
The certificate fosters communication skills through interpersonal and group interaction opportunities through appropriate collaborative and active learning projects and experiences. Students who successfully complete the certificate program may continue to complete requirements for an associate degree as an Information Technology Technician.
(Offered only at the Chinle Campus)
The certificate of Law Enforcement is a joint effort between NTU and the Navajo Nation Public Safety Department to produce Navajo Nation Police Officers. The 22-week certificate program provides both the academic and skills components that are required for Navajo Nation Law enforcement.
The candidate must:
1. Satisfy the certificate requirements in the program prior to the date of graduation at which the certificate is to be awarded.
2. Have a minimum of 12 semester credits in residence that apply toward the certificate being pursued and meet the requirements for the applicable program.
The Legal Assistant Certificate is intended to provide students with office skills and specialized legal knowledge and training in order to work as legal assistants under the supervision of attorneys and law advocates in the tribal, state, and federal legal and judicial systems.
The Legal Assistant Certificate program combines courses from the Administrative Office Specialist program, the Information Technology program, and the Law Advocate program, giving the student knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.
Mathematics is a program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. It includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations. Mathematics is a versatile program that can be applied to almost any career.
A student with a degree in mathematics will have an endless opportunity. A student who studies mathematics will have the ability to think analytically, solve problems, and communicate precisely. Graduates of this program should be able to seek gainful employment as a teacher, mathematician, statistician, financial analyst, consultant, engineer, physician, lawyer, and research analyst.
The program is comprised of classes in legal (tribal court) interpretation. The interpretation program involves a class in the introduction to the field of interpretation, a class in consecutive, simultaneous and sight interpretation, and a class in legal interpretation (tribal court system). Each student’s progress and potential for successful completion of the program will be evaluated. Students must complete this course with a grade of B or higher, and must receive a score of at least a B on the exit examination in order to receive a certificate. This course will address the development and an awareness of the principles and the current issues involved in interpretation and translation.
The Certificate Program in Pre-Engineering requires 33 credit hours and is designed for a one-year program of study. The program is designed to prepare students for entry into one of Navajo Technical University's (NTU) engineering or technology programs.
All of the credits earned as part of the certificate program apply fully to first year requirements in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Digital Manufacturing. The program is designed to be offered via e-learning technologies and methods to three categories of students:
- High school students through the Dual Credit Program
- Adult learners at a distance (both on and off the Navajo Reservation
- On-campus NTU students
The Pre-Nursing program is for students who are interested in pursuing an associate degree in registered nursing as well as those who are seeking employment in the health care field as a nurse assistant. Through this certificate program, students will learn the specific skill set and obtain the specific courses that are the foundation of associate degree courses in the health profession.
The certificate program in professional baking provides students with the basic skills for the entry levels of commercial baking in a professional environment. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience as well as theory and safety.
The students will be taught how to weave Navajo rugs and also understand the oral tradition and history of Navajo weaving. A certificate course in Textile and Weaving at Navajo Technical University requires 31 credit hours and it is designed for a one-year program of study.
The Welding Technology Program prepares students for work in the field Welding Technology. In addition to gaining an overall understanding of welding machines, weld processes, and hands-on welding proficiency, students develop skills in the areas of blueprint reading, welding symbols, weld inspection, destructive and non-destructive testing, metallurgy, computer-aided drafting along with precisions machine tool operations.