CCP Career Comparisons

Program Description
Applied Technologies
Architectural Technology CAD Certificate Architectural technicians translate the architect's design sketches into complete, accurate plans and drawings for construction purposes. The technician must be knowledgeable in drafting, computer graphics, construction materials, mechanical and structural systems, estimating, building codes, and specifications.

Initial employment opportunities exist with architectural and engineering firms, private utilities, contractors, and municipal governments. The Architectural Technology curriculum is a two-year program that awards the Associate of Applied Science degree. The Architectural Technology program is offered during the day and may be completed in five semesters. The Architectural CAD certificate may be completed in two semesters.
Automotive Systems Technology Diploma and Drivetrain, Electrical, Engine Performance, Machining, Under Car Certificates Automotive systems technicians inspect and determine the causes of faulty equipment and operations, as well as perform routine maintenance services. Technicians repair or replace defective parts to return vehicles to proper performance using technical information systems, knowledge, and skills learned in the Automotive Systems Technology program.

Areas of specialization include engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and drive trains, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.Work as an automotive technician varies in different shops. Some shops provide services and repairs on all types of vehicles, while others specialize in one or two makes of vehicle or types of repair.
Computer Integrated Machining Certificate Students in this program learn to manufacture mechanical components using a variety of modern metal-working machines. These machines range from basic, manually operated band saws to state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools.

Students learn to read and understand mechanical blueprints, along with basic machining skills, and use computer-aided manufacturing software to program CNC milling and turning machines. Course work includes blueprint reading, basic machining applications, production procedures, computer-aided manufacturing, CNC machine tool programming and operation, math, English, and physics.
Electronic Engineering Technology including Computer Repair Certificates The Electronics Engineering Technology program provides theory and hands-on practical training in repairing electronic equipment. Students are trained to use measurement tools such as digital multimeters and oscilloscopes. Circuit construction techniques include printed circuit board fabrication and both surface-mount and through-hole component soldering. Students learn to repair any type of electronic equipment including computers, stereos, and hand-held microprocessor equipment.
Industrial Systems Technology – HVAC Certificate An HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. HVAC is an abbreviation for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. HVAC technicians may specialize in installation or in maintenance and repair and in either heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration work.
Industrial Systems Technology – Maintenance Certificate The Industrial Systems Technology curriculum is designed to prepare or upgrade individuals to safely service, maintain, repair, and install equipment. Instruction includes theory and skills training needed for inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing industrial systems. Students learn multi-craft technical skills in blueprint reading, mechanical systems maintenance, electricity, hydraulics/pneumatics, welding, machining or fabrication as well as various diagnostic and repair procedures. Practical application in these industrial systems will be emphasized and additional advanced course work may be offered.

Upon completion of this curriculum, graduates should be able to individually, or with a team, safely install, inspect, diagnose, repair and maintain industrial process and support equipment. Students also will be encouraged to develop their skills as lifelong learners.
Industrial Systems Technology – Welding Certificate The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry. Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing provides the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application. Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.
Bookkeeper Certificate Bookkeepers perform general accounting duties. They maintain complete sets of financial records, keep track of accounts, and verify the accuracy of procedures used for recording financial transactions. They are employed by private businesses, governments, and virtually every other type of institution. Bookkeepers perform a variety of duties, including preparation, control, balance, and review of various accounts using standard bookkeeping methods. Bookkeepers enter daily financial transactions in a journal either manually or by computer. They maintain general ledgers recording the status of various accounts and making sure that all the accounts balance. Bookkeepers also balance the ledgers and prepare financial statements. To verify the accuracy of computerized and manual accounting and record keeping systems, bookkeepers may be asked to perform an audit. They also may prepare statistical, financial, accounting, or auditing reports.
Business Administration – Business Core, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Management, Marketing Certificates The Business Administration curriculum is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of the free enterprise system. Students are provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions and processes as well as an understanding of business organizations in today's global economy. Course work includes the study of business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management, and marketing. Through gaining this knowledge and developing these skills, students have a sound education base for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions, and large to small business or industry. Students may complete this program during the day or evening. The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program. Certificate options are offered in Human Resources, Marketing, Management, Business Core, and Entrepreneurship. Course work includes the study of business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management, and marketing. The knowledge and skills gained will provide students with a sound education base for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions, and large to small business or industry.
Infant/Toddler Care Certificate The program integrates classroom learning and fieldwork in child growth and development, including the physical and nutritional needs of children, as well as their intellectual, social, emotional, and behavioral development. The program also covers inclusion and how to communicate effectively with families.
Health Technologies
Nursing Assistant Diploma The Nursing Assistant program prepares students with the basic nursing skills required to care for patients in a variety of health care settings. Classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical rotations prepares students prepare to pass the North Carolina Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, a requirement to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.
Introduction to Nursing Certificate This certificate program provides students introductory courses to help students explore a career in Nursing.
Introduction to Clinical Trials Certificate This certificate program provides students introductory courses to help students explore a career in Clinical Trials. With further education, the Clinical Trials Research Associate program prepares individuals to assist investigators and clinical researchers in the initiation, administration, coordination, and management of clinical research trials for the development of new drugs, devices, biologics, and treatment regimens.
Introduction to Dental Lab Certificate This certificate provides introductory courses to help students explore a career as a Dental Lab Technician. With further education, The Dental Laboratory Technology program teaches the techniques and skills that enable graduates to fabricate artificial dental restorations, as prescribed by a licensed practicing dentist, and to function effectively in the dental laboratory.
Introduction to Medical Assisting Certificate This certificate program provides students introductory courses to help students explore a career as a Medical Assisting Technician. With further education, the Medical Assisting program prepares students to become multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures. Course work includes instruction in anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; scheduling appointments; coding and processing insurance accounts; billing; collections; medical transcription; computer operations; assisting with examinations and treatments; performing routine laboratory procedures; electrocardiography; supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care. Graduates of the Medical Assisting program have employment opportunities in physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), health departments, and hospital clinics.
Introduction to Health Information Technology Certificate This career protects the security of medical records, ensuring confidentiality is maintained; Reviews records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations; Retrieves patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel; Assigns the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software; Processes patient admission or discharge documents; Transcribes medical reports; Enters data, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment into computer; Resolves or clarifies codes or diagnoses with conflicting, missing, or unclear information by consulting with doctors or others or by participating in the coding team's regular meetings; Identifies, compiles, abstracts, and codes patient data, using standard classification systems; Releases information to persons or agencies according to regulations.
Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Certificate Pharmacy technicians are trained to interpret physicians' medication orders, fill orders to be checked by pharmacists, and deliver the orders. Technicians prepare admixtures of intravenous solutions, replenish drugs, maintain patient profile records, prepare bulk formulations, assist with over-the-counter drugs and health aids, and perform clerical duties, including processing insurance forms required by third-party payers. Pharmacy technicians are vital assets to pharmacists because their training allows them to perform technical pharmaceutical procedures, thus enabling pharmacists to devote additional time to their professional tasks. Students receive training in medication dispensing procedures. Additional study includes pharmacology, pharmaceutical math, microcomputers, and pathophysiology. The student practices procedural skills in a simulated pharmacy technology laboratory. Clinical practice takes place at Duke University Medical Center, Durham Regional Hospital, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Rex Healthcare, Person Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Community Health Center, and selected retail pharmacies.
Information Technologies
Administrative Office Certificate Well-qualified office personnel are in growing demand in business, industry, government, and the professions. This curriculum prepares the student to perform secretarial and administrative support duties in a variety of offices, including those with computerized, automated functions.
Cloud Management Certificate The Cloud Management Certificate allows graduates to provide technical assistance to computer users, as well as answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. Graduates may provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
Database Programming Certificate Database Programming Certificate graduates analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Data programming specialists analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. They also may analyze or recommend commercially available software.
IT Foundations – IT Administration and Software Development Certificates These foundation certificates provide students with introductory courses to explore a career in Information Technologies. After earning the certificate, students will be able to choose their IT track. The tracks are: Software Development, Web Development, Networking Security, IT & Cloud Systems Administration.
Java Developer Certificate Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.
Introduction to Medical Office Administration Certificate For the student seeking diversity, challenge, and a role in the rapidly changing world of modern medicine, Durham Tech’s Medical Office Administration program offers the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge as a medical office professional. The student develops office skills in such basic areas as keyboarding, word processing, and communication. These skills are complemented by courses in medical legal issues, medical terminology, billing and coding, and medical transcription.
Microsoft Developer Certificate Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs with the Microsoft Developer Certificate. Graduates can analyze user needs and develop software solutions, and design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. Developers may analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. They also may supervise computer programmers.
Secure CCNA and Secure Networks Certificates Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
Software Development Fundamentals Certificates Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Web Development Fundamentals and Web Developer Certificates Design, create, and modify websites. Analyze user needs to implement website content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate websites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content.
Public Safety
Introduction to Criminal Justice Certificate Criminal justice is the study of crime and the administration of justice involving law enforcement, court, correction, and juvenile systems and their effect on society. This introductory certificate provides students an opportunity to explore a career in criminal justice. Students in the criminal justice program explore facets of criminal justice, focusing on developing the ability to understand and apply legal concepts; investigative techniques; evidence collection and presentation; special areas and laws unique to juveniles; and ultimately preventing crime and improving public safety. With further education, A degree in Criminal Justice prepares the student for advanced study of criminal justice or law or work in local, state, and federal justice professions. Our graduates have been employed in many public and private careers with different agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, sheriff and police departments, forensic crime laboratories, state and federal courts, district attorney offices, as well as Probation and Parole, Juvenile, Victim Advocate, and Risk Mitigation and Asset Protection departments.
Emergency Medical Science Certificate The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. This certificate provides students introductory courses to explore a career in Emergency Medical Science and who would like to pursue an Associate's Degree in the EMS program.
Community Spanish Facilitator Certificate Students learn translation and interpretation skills through role-play and ethical case studies while using customized software and equipment. Students explore the processes to become officially certified by an accrediting body and learn about professional networking, both in the Carolinas and at the national level.

While in the program, students put these new skills into practice working as volunteer facilitators in the community through service-learning placements. Graduates are employed as full-time, part-time, or freelance translators and interpreters within local schools, social service and outreach agencies, religious organizations, hospitals, clinics, and others.