Certificate / Diploma courses
A Certificate or Diploma usually refers to a short course of study that provides the student formal recognition of career competency in a single subject. They vary in length (some are few months some are up to 2 years) and are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In some countries, such as Australia, Pakistan and India, a diploma is a specific academic award of lower rank than a bachelor degree (and in some areas an Advanced Diploma falls in between as well). Courses at Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate degree level take between two to three years to complete. Diploma and Advanced Diploma are titles given more practical courses, while Associate degree is given to more academic courses.
These courses are usually delivered by universities, TAFE colleges, community education centers and private providers.