Certificate Programs

Free Certificate Programs

+ Must be eligible to work in the US
+ Open to the public, HSE students and ESL 3 and 4

2018 Schedule Coming Soon!

Building Maintenance w/EPA 

Sept 5  – Oct 30
M, Tu, W, Th, F
Riverside Campus
9:00AM – 1:00PM

Free Class
Salary: $12 – 27 per hour
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Accounting & Bookkeeping  (ESL Only)

Oct 30 – Dec 15
M, W, Th, F
Highland Business Center
9:00AM – 1:00PM

Free Class
Salary: $10 – 24 per hour
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(CNA) Certified Nursing Assistant 

Oct 26 – Dec 15
Days: Call for days
Location: HBC
Times: Call for times

Free Class
Salary: $9 – 15 per hour
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Office Assistant

Oct 23 – Dec 14
Mon – Thurs
TWS Capital Area
9:00AM – 12:00PM

Free Class
Salary: $12 – $20

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Help Desk Analyst

Oct 27 – Dec 16
Fri, Sat
Northridge Campus
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Free Class
Salary: $13 – $25

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IC3 Computer Skills

Oct 28 – Dec 16
Northridge Campus
9:00AM – 2:00PM

Free Class
Salary: $12 – 20

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Truck Driving Program

Visit our Truck Driving info page


Course Descriptions

  • Building Maintenance – Learn the basics of safely working with chemicals, temperatures, pressures, tools and machines used in the building maintenance industry.  You will learn safety basics for on-the-job tasks and earn your EPA certificate.  Jobs: apartment maintenance worker, custodian, HVAC helper.
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping – Learn how to use software like Excel to balance spreadsheets and handle accounts payable and receivable.  Jobs: accounts payable receptionist, a/p specialist.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant – Prepare for the state exam with hands-on experience in the classroom and as a volunteer.  Jobs: CNA, personal caretaker.
  • Office Assistant – Master the customer service and computer skills necessary to start a career in office administration.  The class will focus on Microsoft Office skills and communication. Jobs: administrative assistant, receptionist.
  • Help Desk Analyst – Are you good with computers?  This class teaches you how to help others with their computer questions and problems.  It requires a significant time commitment to pass certification. Jobs: help desk technician.
  • IC3 Computer Skills – Prerequisite: Computer Basics or equivalent skills.  This intermediate level computer course covers a variety of computer skills required in office work. Earn your IC3 certification and gain confidence in your Microsoft Office, web browsing and communication skills. Each term focuses on one of the three IC3 subjects. Jobs: office admin, receptionist.
  • Truck Driving – Get your CDL A license in as little as 5 weeks.  You need a clean driving record, and you will need to pass a physical and drug test.  Do you enjoy driving long distances, working with schedules and being independent?  Truck driving is the career for you!  Jobs: CDL A driver (entry-level, no experience required)


Who can sign up for free career training?

This free training is open to adults eligible to work in the United States.

  • HSE/GED students
  • ESL (Level 4) students
  • The public


How long is each program?

The average program is between 2 – 3 months.
Classes begin at different times in the year. Ask us for the next start date.


Where are the classes?

We have locations all over Austin.


What if I have a criminal conviction?

Please be advised that your prior conviction could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas in certain careers.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please make an appointment with Mechelle Marler mmarler@austincc.edu to determine your career options. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.



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