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    Certificate programs in planning?

    Does anyone know of any certificate programs in planning? I've seen them for planning specialties, but those are for people with planning degrees already
    I have my MLA and you can work in planning with that degree but I may be interested in getting a certificate in planning
    i live in southern california but if you know of one someone else, please let me know because i'd like to see more about what they are about in general
    thanks!

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    A GIS cert might be a good way to go. Those programs are pretty common and are often through state schools (cheaper tuition). It's not planning, but it is an important tool planners use, so it might give you a leg up. I wanted more GIS instruction from my MLA, so I am thinking about doing one of those in a year or two.

    Also, it could open the door to GIS jobs. That might not be the best alternative for an MLA, but it beats working at Starbucks.

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    Rutgers has an on-line certificate program.

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    Quote Originally posted by Otis View post
    Rutgers has an on-line certificate program.
    do you have a link for this? i found their certificate programs but they don't appear to be online

    and thanks everyone for the suggestions....I am actually signed up for a GIS class through community college this semester because I have no GIS experience

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    For Rutgers, try this: http://policy.rutgers.edu/pdi/bocep/
    It's their continuing education program, but they give certificates.

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    UCR, UCSD and Cal State Fullerton all offer certificates in urban planning through the university extensions (links below).

    UCR - http://www.extension.ucr.edu/certifi...uirements.html
    UCSD - http://extension.ucsd.edu/programs/i...StudyAreaID=18
    CSUF- http://www.csufextension.org/Classes...x?GN=3386&GV=1

    I took a GIS course through the UCSD Extension and was very happy with the level of instruction provided.

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    and now the question, if I already have an MLA but want to work in planning, would it be worth it to get the certificate? just to have that bit more of education and knowledge

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    UC Davis also has a Land Use & Natural Resources certificate.

    http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/la...ral_resources/

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    Quote Originally posted by HRose View post
    and now the question, if I already have an MLA but want to work in planning, would it be worth it to get the certificate? just to have that bit more of education and knowledge
    Before you run off and get a certificate, first find out if employers will look favorably on the certificate (meaning would they would seriously hire you over someone with an MUP everything else being equal). Second, find out which MUP programs would honor the certificate (and count your hours towards a degree). It would be a waste of your time and money pursuing a certificate if everyone still wants the MUP.
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    San Jose State offers certificates that can be applied toward your Master's. Most of the classes are in the evening, which makes it convenient if you have a day job. If I was close enough, I would look into that.

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    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid View post
    Before you run off and get a certificate, first find out if employers will look favorably on the certificate (meaning would they would seriously hire you over someone with an MUP everything else being equal). Second, find out which MUP programs would honor the certificate (and count your hours towards a degree). It would be a waste of your time and money pursuing a certificate if everyone still wants the MUP.
    I posted this a while ago and have since been focusing myself on gaining experience through my planning internship at a local city...but I was never planning on getting a MUP...I have an MLA and was thinking of getting a certificate to understand planning better (and possibly it would good on a resume combined with the MLA)

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