Completing a one-year certificate program is an option for those who might not have interest or ability to spend two years in college. Students who have completed degrees elsewhere and who wish to make a change in career plans would also profit from this one-year program. 

Stacking certificates is a great way for students to broaden their knowledge in a variety of areas. SUNY Sullivan offers one-year certificate programs in:

  • Tourism
  • Food Service
  • Accounting Studies
  • Legal Office Assistant
  • Computer Information Systems: Computer Support
  • Office Assistant
  • Casino Operations – and a 15 credit option

A student could spend just one year at SUNY Sullivan and receive a certificate, or decide to continue through the second year to receive an associate’s degree. Or, students can “stack” certificates, by completing one certificate, such as Tourism, then beginning another, such as the Casino Operations certificate.


Students in the Tourism Certificate program learn about the historic perspectives of the hospitality and tourism industry, in the United States and abroad; how to use e-commerce; convention, meeting and exhibition planning; and the roles of hospitality and tourism in the hotel, resort and conference centers. Courses include: Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism, Principles of Advertising, Principles of Marketing, World Geography, Meeting and Event Planning, and Survey of World Cultures.

Food Service

In the Food Service one-year certificate program students spend time learning the skills of food preparation, equipment use, presentation, and service for large scale culinary operations. Students explore the knowledge and techniques required for daily cash controls, safety and sanitation, employee job duties, and record keeping. Courses in this program include: Intro to Food and Baking, Mixology, Sanitation and Safety, Hospitality Purchasing, Applied Nutrition Lab and Human Resource Management.

Accounting Studies

Students are given the background for entry-level employment in an accounting office. Graduates might apply for jobs such as accounts receivable clerk, accounts payable clerk, payroll clerk, or tax clerk. Students can also choose to move directly into the two-year program in Accounting or Business Administration. Courses include: Business Communications, Financial Accounting, Business Law I, Computerized Accounting, and Federal Income Tax Procedures.

Office Assistant

Students prepare for entry-level employment in today’s computerized business office. The program also allows students to move directly into the two-year Administrative Assistant program. Students learn document management skills, the creation and management of databases, spreadsheets, and business correspondence, and the use of a variety of software packages. Courses include: Computer Applications, Human Resource Management, Computerized Business Systems, and Office Management.

Legal Office Assistant

The Legal Office Assistant certificate is a one-year program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as legal office support staff. Upon completion, students will be able to accurately manage legal documents; analyze and evaluate data and information; create and maintain a variety of calendars, databases, spreadsheets and business correspondence; use a variety of specialized legal software packages with proficiency; effectively communicate through oral and written techniques; and apply a variety of office management concepts to the automated law office environment. Courses in this certificate include: Introduction to American Law, Office Management, Business Law I and II, Computer Applications for Law Office, and more.

Computer Information Systems: Computer Support

This one-year certificate prepares students to be computer operators in data processing environments or computer clerks in modern, high technology offices. Students take courses introducing them to computer hardware and software. They train in elements of the Microsoft Office suite and learn the basics of computer set-up, operation, operating systems and networking. Students also learn the principles of software maintenance and are encouraged to produce individual projects, enabling them to leave with a professional resumé as well as a certificate. Courses include: Logic and Problem Solving, Networking Essentials, Computer Hardware and Software, and Web Design.