Short Term Certificate Programs
At NIACC we have several short-term certificate programs that will get you in, get you out, and get you to work – fast! Graduates of these programs are in high-demand across the region. Courses begin at various times throughout the year so you’re sure to find the one that works into your schedule.
This driver training is for those seeking a commercial drivers license (CDL), required to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The course offers complete instruction from start to finish, with the goal to develop the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a CMV. NEW Federal Standards require that participants pass the General Knowledge, Combination Vehicle, and Air Brakes tests, AND obtain their CDL Learner’s Permit prior to the start of class. The course includes training ranging from vehicle inspection, basic control of the vehicle and backing to defensive driving and hazard awareness. The course also meets the requirements for “Entry Level Driver Training” as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), (49 CFR § 380.503). The course is a combination of classroom, on-line, practice range and road time and provides flexible scheduling to meet the hours required. Upon successful completion of the online portion of instruction and testing, an individual will obtain a commercial driver’s license (class A, Class B or School Bus). Online portion of the class needs to be completed in a two – week time frame. Looking for more information about a CDL or want to register? Please call Northland CDL at 641-829-3214. Classes begin every Monday.
An intense 3-week, full-time, start-to-finish training program to expose and prepare the student for entry into the world of Professional Over-the-Road Tractor/Trailer driving. Students will work with and operate late model “big-rigs” representative of the industry standard. The program is a combination of classroom, practice range and road time to work towards the goal of developing the skill set needed to be successful as a professional driver. From high-tech simulators to behind the wheel time, students get the hands-on experience needed to be successful. Upon successful completion the student will obtain a non-restricted Class A CDL with Endorsements as needed. Looking for more information about a CDL or want to register? Please call Northland CDL at 641-829-3214.
In this six-day offering, you will master Excel skills – from basic to advanced. After successful completion, you will be issued certificate indicating your proficiency. The course content also provides excellent preparation for the Microsoft Excel Specialist Certification exam. Throughout the course, you will learn about: Session 1 & 2:
- Getting started with Excel
- Performing calculations
- Modifying a worksheet
- Formatting a worksheet
- Printing workbooks
- Managing workbooks
Session 3 & 4:
- Working with functions
- Working with lists
- Analyzing data
- Visualizing data with charts
- Using PivotTables and Pivot Charts
Session 5 & 6:
- Working with multiple worksheets and workbooks
- Using Lookup functions and formula auditing
- Sharing and protecting workbooks
- Automating workbook functionality
- Creating Sparklines and mapping and forecasting data
(Registration/cost of the Microsoft exam not included in tuition.)
Advanced manufacturing is Iowa’s largest industry. Throughout our region and the state, careers in advanced manufacturing are in high demand and evolving every day. Discover what advanced manufacturing has to offer. You will be introduced to basic foundational knowledge and skills such as measurement tools/instruments, basic hand tools, shop math, safety in the workplace and blue print reading, as well as basic concepts in welding, computer numerical control (CNC), robotics, 3D printers and employability skills.
“The class gave me the knowledge and confidence to pick up a hammer and begin work on my own projects. I look forward to building!” – Jacob Fraser-Ratzlaff “I’m so glad I was able to participate. I learned a lot, not just about carpentry but teamwork and communication with a variety of individuals. I was really impressed.” – Lori Johnson “Gregg was a fantastic teacher, even taking dry topics and making them interesting. Excellent with hand-on learning. He’s obviously knowledgeable and passionate about what he does.” – Rhonda Abele
NIACC’s Fundamentals of Construction class is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to obtain a high-demand entry level position with a residential or commercial contractor. Throughout this offering, you will take a hands-on learning approach in the development of skills that are critical in the construction field.
- Identify basic tools
- Understand building components
- Learn the ins and outs of site layout and preparation
- Develop knowledge of floor systems
- Become proficient in wall, ceiling, and roof framing
- Build your skills in shingling and siding installation
- Learn how to complete trim work
- Complete the OSHA 10-Hour Safety for Construction course
Prepare for a career where you can make a difference caring for others. Upon successful completion of this level 1 certificate, students will have a general foundation of knowledge on the following: Intellectual disabilities and mental illness, the work environment and jargon in the field of human services, the rights of individuals served by human service providers, the responsibilities of working as a human service provider, the ethical considerations for direct care providers, including but not limited to appropriate dress, self-regulation and boundaries, person-centered care, crisis prevention and intervention, and service planning.
Learn and develop the basic skills for entry level manufacturing welding with Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) process. Throughout this classroom and hands-on lab training you will be instructed on the proper weld safety, machine set up, and welding techniques and procedures to weld carbon steel in flat, horizontal and vertical positions. In addition, you will receive training in general math, maximizing your time in the workplace, communication and job searching in order to be successful in obtaining and maintaining employment in this high demand field. Personal protective equipment will be provided. Jeans and boots are required.
Are you interested in starting a career in IT or A/V integration, but don’t know where to start? Becoming a Technology Integration Specialist will prepare you for your journey into the networking and integration world. In this certificate program, you will learn about a wide range of topics, ranging from structured networking to computer design, so no matter the path you take you’ll have the necessary skills to succeed! At the completion of this program, you will be able to assemble and troubleshoot computers and servers, design and implement a structured network, manage and administrate servers and networks, and so much more! Your Tech Integration career starts here!