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Hodges University Rapid Online Career Development Certificates

Where there is demand, there is opportunity. One of Hodges' core goals is to close the skills gap in Southwest Florida. Many industries want professionals with specific skills, and we have the quick career training to help you become the expert they need. With our fast-paced, online certificates, you can get that training and jump right into a new career field. Earn more, get hired fast, and love your work.

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Engineering Technology Programs

Do you have a passion for all things electric and automation? Hodges University offers certificate distance education programs in Automation, Electronics, Electromechanical, Electric Vehicle, Robotics, and PLC. These self-paced programs are designed to let you break into the world of working as a technician. The cornerstone of these programs is the state-of-the-art simulation software that enables you to apply what you learn in the real world. Sign up now!

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The program is intended to prepare graduates for career opportunities in the expanding field of industrial automation. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to design, install, and maintain electronic equipment used in modern industrial processes and work on a wide range of control systems, from the simplest fuses and motors to sophisticated electronic computer interface boards, motor drives, programmable logic controllers, solid-state devices and robotics.


The Electronics Technician is an award winning educational program that consists of 24 modules of interactive curriculum using text, video, audio, 2D and 3D animations and laboratory simulation software. This multimedia program includes pre-tests, interactive exercises, sample exams and online technical and tutorial support to help prepare you for online computer-based final exams.


The Electromechanical Technician Certificate program provides a complete introduction to electronics and electromechanical systems. This program is often of interest to people who want to study electronics with an emphasis on mechanical systems, for example someone coming from a millwright background. The program covers mechanical topics outside of a typical electronics program, like industrial control devices, DC and AC motors and control circuits, transformers, analog and digital transducers, industrial process control and PLCs.

EV Technician

The electric vehicle (EV) industry is, for the most part, a new and rapidly emerging sector. In 2015 there were 580,000 EVs sold worldwide. In 2021 there were 3.5 million EVs sold, and the projection for sales in 2030 is 40 million EVs. This exponential growth in EV sales has led to an unprecedented demand for technicians who are able to repair and service these vehicles and install and maintain residential and commercial charging stations.

PLC Technician I

The PLC Technician Certificate Program provides a basic introduction to PLCs and focuses on the practical applications of using them in a plant or manufacturing system. This program is designed for students with little or no PLC experience and who require a safe and quick start in the fundamentals of PLC programming.

PLC Technician II

The PLC Technician II Certificate program provides a more advanced study of PLCs in manufacturing including Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) and advanced programming languages. This program can be completed without taking the first PLC program however is more challenging to learn since it uses tag-based addressing.


The Robotics Technician training program introduces the concepts of industrial robots and explains how they can be used in a plant or manufacturing system. The primary focus of the program is on automated manufacturing processes, as well as the role of robots and all of their support equipment. Students receive both theoretical and laboratory instruction through a combination of multimedia learning resources and a robotics simulation software package to allow for the programming, testing, and debugging of robot-control programs. Areas of study include motion programming, pick and place, spray painting, arc and spot welding, computer networking, automated sorting systems, vision and tactile sensors and computer integration.

In-Demand Career Training

There are hundreds of possibilities for you with our online, short-term, and affordable certificate programs. For starters, you can choose courses in business, leadership, hospitality, energy, justice, media, tech, Spanish in the workplace, and many more. Hodges' programs are tailored to your needs and will help you develop the skills you need for countless high-demand occupations with national certifications. Learn from anywhere, your way: self-paced or instructor-led.

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Programming Bootcamps

Go from zero to tech industry hero with our online coding bootcamps. Hodges offers four bootcamps in Front and Back End Software Development, Data Engineering, and Digital Marketing to jumpstart your new career. Our programs range from 16-26 weeks, and include access to a dedicated career services team, one-on-one mentoring, resume help, and portfolio building. Break into a high-demand and fast-growing profession with our hands-on virtual training.

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Insurance/Real Estate Courses

We all need real estate and insurance agents, and we need experts like you to guide us in selecting the plans and options that make the most sense. With our self-paced courses, you can study on your schedule, at home, on your lunch break, and in the evening. All classes include guided learning from an instructor and can be completed 100% online on your phone, tablet, or computer. Study insurance and real estate with Hodges U.

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