When you’re out hunting for a job — especially if you’re changing careers — how do you quickly communicate to a potential employer, “I actually know this stuff”? One rather potent way would be to say, “I just completed a certificate program at SVC on this very topic.” In those few words you’ll be getting across that you’ve developed skills taught to you by some of the industry’s leading pros. You’ll be saying your portfolio and knowledge have been signed off by experts who actually know what they’re talking about. And here’s something that will set you apart from a ton of other job-seekers: You won’t be exaggerating.

Our Programs

The SVC Advantages

  • All classes are live and led by true experts
  • You’ll work with your personal mentor
  • Free professional development workshops
  • You’ll finish with a job-hunt-ready portfolio
  • Capstone project with a real client
  • Classes taught at night so you can still work

What You Get (Besides a New Job)

For starters, you’ll be assigned an expert-level mentor you’ll meet with six times during your program. She’ll help with course work, get you moving on your portfolio, and work with you to develop a job-hunting plan.

As a certificate program student you can also take three of SVC’s professional development workshops on a space available basis at no charge.

At the end of the program, you’ll have a portfolio that shows off your skills, and you'll have completed a capstone project where you’ll work with an actual client so you can get a taste of what it’s like to do real-world client interviews and presentations. To show your accomplishments, you’ll receive physical and digital certificates of completion you can include in your LinkedIn profile and resume.

How to Get Started

If you’d like to learn more about SVC certificate programs, fill out our short and sweet online application form through the "Get Started" button below. We’ll then invite you to an informational session or interview. After that, you’ll receive a letter of acceptance that spells out your personalized course track and explains when your first tuition payment is due. Sign it. Return it. And you’re in. If you’re not ready for all that and just have some questions, by all means shoot us an email.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you come up with some questions that aren’t answered here, give us a call at 206.623.1560 or drop us an email.

Fill out an online application and then we’ll get in touch with you to invite you to an informational session or interview so we can place you in the proper program and discuss any advanced placement opportunities.
No. The vast majority of classes meet at night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Classes are held in the evening so students can keep their day jobs and still have a life.
Cohorts for all certificate programs are offered during fall quarter, and some programs also have cohorts beginning during other quarters. You're welcome to take classes on an ad hoc basis until your cohort begins knowing that the cost of those individual classes will be deducted from your certificate program tuition.
Students need to attend at least 80% of the course sessions or they will be dropped from the program and given whatever refund applies at that time.
SVC will work with you to set up a payment plan at an additional charge. Please contact the SVC office for more information.
Yes. When you conduct your interview for admission to the program, we’ll help you determine if you can skip any classes based on your previous instruction or work experience. Your tuition will be reduced by a pro-rated share.
While SVC doesn’t have an official job placement service, every student will be mentored by an industry professional. You will be able to take advantage of your mentor’s contacts and mentors will provide specific assistance in networking and job hunting. SVC also publishes an online listing of open jobs on our website.
No. But you will be permitted to take one daytime professional development workshop at SVC on a space available basis at no charge during each quarter you’re enrolled in a certificate program.
A $100 registration fee is due upon acceptance into the program. Then the first 50% of the tuition is due before the first day of class. The remaining 50% is due at the mid-point of your program.
The State of Washington spells out the exact refund policies for schools like ours, and here’s the overview: You may receive a partial refund of your tuition if you drop a class or your enrollment is terminated by SVC due to lack of progress or disciplinary problems. It’s complicated, so please read the refunds section of our site carefully for more details.