Corporate and Continuing Education

Information Technology (Non-Credit)

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Central Piedmont's Information Technology Continuing Education program can help you stay current with technology trends and acquire important skills to move your career forward. We align our classes and certificates with technology skills in high demand.

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Free information sessions offer an overview of non-credit continuing education in information technology. Explore career planning to include short-term and flexible programming from beginner to advanced, along with industry and vendor-specific exam prep and certifications.

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The following Corporate and Continuing Education programs include hybrid, live online and in-person courses at Central Piedmont. We also offer on demand online classes through Ed2Go. Corporate and Continuing Education courses at Central Piedmont are skill-based and not offered for college credit, but in many cases continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded and courses may lead to industry-recognized credentials.

Continuing education offerings can change. If a program or course you are interested in is not currently offered, contact Customer Service at 704.330.4223

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AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD® Certificate

    While each of the following courses may stand alone for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) completion certificates, all are required to earn the AutoCAD Certificate.

    CAD 7006 Basic Blueprint Reading for CAD

    Achieve competence in reading and interpreting industrial drawings. Learn the basic principles, concepts, ANSI and SI Metric drafting symbols and standards, terminology, and other related technical information contained on a CAD drawing. 

    Central Piedmont login and early registration required. Textbook provided.

    Hours: 12

    CAD 7012 AutoCAD Basic

    AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software program used in many industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, and interior design. Increase your marketability and productivity in manufacturing and design, replacing the need for manual drawings. Create 2D drawings using visualization and technical documentation.

    Central Piedmont login and early registration required. Textbook provided. Required: CAD 7006 or equivalent knowledge.

    Hours: 40

    CAD 7103 AutoCAD Advanced

    Learn advanced techniques and greater proficiency in your use of AutoCAD software. Recognize the best tool for the task, the best way to use that tool and how to create new tools to accomplish tasks more efficiently. 

    Central Piedmont login and early registration required. Textbook provided. Required: CAD 7012 or equivalent knowledge.

    Hours: 24

    CAD 7104 AutoCAD 3D Drawing and Modeling

    This course is designed for users who have a good working skill level in the AutoCAD software and proficient with the 2D commands. Expand your knowledge in the fundamentals of 3D and explore the main features of the advanced 3D modeling work space. 

    Central Piedmont login and early registration required. Textbook provided. Required: CAD 7103 or equivalent knowledge.

    Hours: 24

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Basic Computer Skills

Data Analytics

  • Excel

    DPT 8014 Excel Basic

    Learn the most sought after business productivity tool used by companies today. Begin with the basic operations of Excel, which include understanding key concepts, working with the ribbon, backstage as well as basic formulas and functions. Recommended: DPX 7000 or equivalent knowledge.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 12

    DPT 8015 Excel Intermediate

    In this course, you will work on real-world problems like the ones you encounter in the work environment. Learn how to format and manage worksheets, and create ranges to manipulate your data with macros and functions. Create analytical and financial reports and begin building a workbook cross-referencing multiple worksheets. Recommended: DPT 8014 or equivalent knowledge.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 12

    DPT 8035 Excel Advanced

    In this course, you really see the power of Excel at work and become more efficient and productive crunching numbers with VLOOKUPS, pivot tables, and charts. In this class, you will also learn how to secure and share your workbooks, and do a final project to prep for your Microsoft Office specialist exam.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 12

    DAT 7500 Excel Specialist Certificate 

    Learn the power of Excel as you begin your career in data analytics and become a master of the tool. This course teaches you the necessary tricks, traps, and tips to increase your productivity and helps you prepare for the Microsoft Office Excel Specialist industry certification. The certification demonstrates to employees your competency in the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets and workbooks, creating cells and ranges, creating tables, applying formulas and functions, and creating charts and objects. Upon completing the certificate, you will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (Excel) exam. 

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 96

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    DAT 7503 Data Analysis Fundamentals with Excel

    The main purpose of the course is to give you the ability to add analysis capabilities to Excel spreadsheets and to provide you with a foundation to learn about more advanced data analytics with Excel.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 24

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  • Business Data Analytics Certificate

    While each of the following courses stands alone for Continuing Education (CEU) completion certificates, all are required to earn the Business Data Analytics Certificate. Note pre-requisite knowledge or experience. 

    DAT 7711 Database Fundamentals 

    Understanding how relational databases are designed for maximum data manipulation is the first step in the field of data management and analytics. You will learn core database concepts, and how to create database objects and manipulate data. 

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 24

    DAT 7723 Querying SQL  

    Prerequisite DAT7711. Learning SQL can be one of the greatest career decisions you make. SQL (Structured Query Language) will enable you to do much more in less time because you no longer have to rely on others to give you information, and you could ask any question about your business. SQL is the language used to interact with a structured database and is the most sought after skill in analysis, developing, reporting, and visualization. 

    Central Piedmont login required. Prerequisite DAT 7711.

    Hours: 30

    DAT 7735 Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI 

    Recommended advanced level of Excel. This course is designed for professionals in a variety of job roles. This course is for you, if you are: 

    • currently using desktop or web-based data-management tools such as Excel or SQL Server to perform numerical or general data analysis.
    • responsible for connecting to, combining and then shaping data for the purpose of analysis. 
    • looking for alternative ways to analyze business data, visualize insights, and share them with peers across the enterprise.

    Central Piedmont login required. Recommended advanced level of Excel.

    Hours: 36

    DAT 7729 Agile Data Integration

    Business analytics depend on integrated data to meet business requirements for management and decision-making. In this class you will learn how to identify and understand data sources, requirements, methods, roles, apply integration techniques, and design and deliver integrated databases in an Agile environment. Agile development methods allow data management professionals to deploy data solutions into business use sooner, and aligned with quickly evolving business goals.

    Central Piedmont login required. Prerequisite DAT 7711.

    Hours: 30

    DAT 7737 Data Analytics and Reporting 

    Companies have long been involved in the analysis of how they performed in the past by analyzing the available data, which is called descriptive analytics. With more data readily available we are now able to do predictive analytics, which focuses on answering the question: "what is probably going to happen in the future?" What companies strive for now is to take real advantage of analytics and reach the final stage: prescriptive analytics. This type of analytics tries to give a recommendation for key decisions based on future outcomes. In this class you will learn about the different types of analytics and what tools are available to create reports both private and in the cloud as well as the governance framework.

    Central Piedmont login required. Prerequisite DAT 7711.

    Hours: 30

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  • PRG 7911 Programming Fundamentals with Python

    This course is designed to give you the foundation of software development using Python, the most versatile language. Whether you are moving into programing or data science this is an excellent skill to add to your portfolio. Additionally, you will be introduced to Agile and Scrum methodologies that are widely used in the industry to manage projects.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 25

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IT Infrastructure Support

  • CompTIA Core for IT Support Certificate

    While each of the following courses stands alone for Continuing Education (CEU) completion certificates, all are required to earn the CompTIA Core for IT Support Certificate. Note pre-requisite knowledge or experience.

    All classes include CompTIA CertMaster Learn, CertMaster Practice, and exam vouchers. 

    ITS 7511 CompTIA A+

    CompTIA A+ is a powerful credential that helps professionals ignite their IT career. In this class, you will learn the hardware, operating systems, virtualization, mobile device management and hardware troubleshooting skills that support technicians should know. This course is taught in a blended format: 50% of the time self-directed online theory, and 50 percent live instructor-led coaching. You will need to plan for additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 70

    ITS 7512 CompTIA Network+

    CompTIA Network+ is an entry level vendor neutral certification that validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot any wired and wireless network. This class covers all the topics that map to the skills and knowledge required to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

    Central Piedmont login required. Prerequisite ITS 7511.

    Hours: 54

    ITS 7522 CompTIA Security+

    Security is one of the highest demand job categories, which has grown in importance as the frequency and severity of security threats continue to be a major concern for organizations around the world. In this class, you will learn the basics of system security, network infrastructure, access control, and organizational security; the topics that map to the skills and knowledge required to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 54

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Programming and UX/UI

  • UX/UI Design — Developer Certificate

    PRG 7925 Web Development Fundamentals

    The Web Development course is taught in a blended format, where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours being instructor led coaching. Participants will need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. This is your first step in learning front-end basic Web development. You will learn how a website is composed of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and how to use each one.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 60

    PRG 7913 UX/UI Design Fundamentals

    The term "User Experience" has broad implications and no clear definition as it applies to today's job market. In this class we will cover the fundamentals of user experience design, what it means to be a UX designer, as well as the difference between UX and UI. We will discuss and study key UX concepts and look at the stages of UX design. We will touch on other skills expected from UX designers in the workforce and view examples of portfolios.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 30

    PRG 7915 UX Prototyping and Tools

    This class focuses on prototypes, user testing, and UX Tools. Prototyping is an essential skill for UX professionals, testing a prototype saves money and development time for the organization. User testing often leads to key insights on user needs, while digital tools allow quick creation of interactive prototypes for testing. We will explore tools like Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, and Miro and create interactive prototypes that can be used in a UX portfolio. Upon completion of the class, you will be able to create different types of prototypes and understand the value of user testing.

    Central Piedmont login required and PRG 7913 UX/UI Fundamentals recommended.

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  • Java Programming Certificate

    While each of the following courses may stand alone for Continuing Education (CEU) completion certificates, all are required to earn a professional certificate in Java Programming.

    PRG 7911 Programming Fundamentals with Python

    This course is designed to give you the foundation of software development using Python, the most versatile language. Whether you are moving into programing or data science this is an excellent skill to add to your portfolio. Additionally, you will be introduced to Agile and Scrum methodologies that are widely used in the industry to manage projects.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 25

    PRG 7923 Java Programming Foundations

    The Java Programming Foundations course is taught in a blended format where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours being instructor-led coaching. You will need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. This course is an introduction to basic programming principles in Java. You will develop a foundational knowledge of programming concepts, algorithms, design patterns, and theory.

    Central Piedmont login and textbook required.

    Hours: 60

    DAT 7711 Database Fundamentals 

    Understanding how relational databases are designed for maximum data manipulation is the first step in the field of data management and analytics. You will learn core database concepts, and how to create database objects and manipulate data. 

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 24

    PRG 7933 Java Back-End Foundations

    The Java Back-end Foundations course is taught in a blended format. Where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours instructor-led coaching. You will need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. This course is an introduction to creating server-side web applications and services using Java and REST. You will learn how to create server-side APIs and render websites.

    Central Piedmont login required. Prerequisite: PRG-7923. 

    Hours: 60

    Deployment and Web Security

    Not offered in spring. 

    SWD Agile PM

    Not offered in spring. 

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  • JavaScript Full Stack Certificate

    While each of the following courses may stand alone for Continuing Education (CEU) completion certificates, all are required to earn a professional certificate in Full Stack Development.

    PRG 7925 Web Development Fundamentals

    The Web Development course is taught in a blended format, where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours being instructor led coaching. Participants will need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. This is your first step in learning front-end basic Web development. You will learn how a website is composed of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and how to use each one.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 60

    DAT 7711 Database Fundamentals

    The first step in the field of data management and analytics is understanding how relational databases are designed for maximum data manipulation. You will learn core database concepts and how to create database objects, and manipulate data. Maps to Microsoft Technology Associate exam #98-364.

    Central Piedmont login required.

    Hours: 24

    PRG 7926 JavaScript Front-End Foundations 

    The JavaScript Front-end Foundations course is an extension of the Web Development module, further exploring advanced concepts. This course is taught in a blended format. Where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours instructor-led coaching. Participants need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. In this class you will create a modern and robust Web application without leveraging any advanced frameworks; plus strengthen their foundational knowledge of how Web applications and client-side coding works. Additionally, they will explore Web animations, transitions, transformations and how to structure and organize code for a large Web project.

    Central Piedmont login required. Prerequisite: PRG 7925 or equivalent knowledge.

    Hours: 60

    PRG 7927 JavaScript Back-End Foundations

    The JavaScript Back-end Foundations course is taught in a blended format, where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours instructor-led coaching. Participants need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. This course is an introduction to creating server-side web applications and services in JavaScript. You will learn how to create server-side APIs and render websites.

    Central Piedmont login required. Required prerequisite: PRG 7926.

    Hours: 60

    PRG 7936 React Framework

    The React Framework course is taught in a blended format, where 50 percent of the course time will be self-directed online theory with the remaining hours being instructor-led coaching. You will need to plan for an additional 30 hours of outside homework assignments. This course is a comprehensive hands-on deep dive into React, which enables rapid front-end development meeting modern best practices. You will learn how to create Single Page Web Applications (SPA).

    Central Piedmont Community College login required. Prerequisite: PRG 7926.

    Hours: 60

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On-Demand Online Courses

Fully online, instructor-led continuing education courses are available with flexible start dates through our Ed2Go online partner. Call 704.330.4223 to set up training for a date that works best for you, or to learn about specialized courses that we will set up by request.