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Retail Management Certificate   

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The Retail Management Certificate (RMC) is designed to prepare students for career opportunities and upward mobility in the retail industry. It is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and Food Marketing Institutes and is relevant in any retail sector as its course content and learning outcomes mirror those advocated by the National Retail Federation.  Over 3,000 students across the U.S. have completed this 100% online certificate program.  This program has been endorsed by many large retailers such as Costco, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and many more.


Approved Certificate Courses

Course Title
BUSN 160 Human/Labor Relations 5
BUSN 204 Introduction to HR Management  4
BUSN 175 Retailing
BSTEC 120 Introduction to Office 5
BUSN 138 Principles of Marketing 5
CMST 101 Introduction to Communications 5
ACCTG 121 Practical Accounting 5
BUSN 270 Principles of Management/ Supervision 5
Total Credits

Course descriptions and student learning outcomes can be found here


Why Take Online Classes?

•Online Classes are designed for the busy working adult.
•The courses are self-paced and can be accessed 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
•You can learn from anywhere and avoid schedule conflicts.


How Quickly Can I Complete the Certificate?

The program is approximately four to eight quarters long, depending on full or part-time attendance and the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.


Estimated Cost:

For estimated tuition costs, visit the College Cost webpage, scroll to the bottom, and click on "Tuition Costs" and "Fees".  

Tuition is based on residency classification information students provide during the admissions process.


How Do I Pay For Classes?

Many companies offer generous reimbursement and some even pay upfront for your tuition. Please contact your HR department for more information about your company's unique reimbursement plan.


Funding Available for Qualified Students:  We strongly recommend that you check if you qualify for funding through our Workforce Education Service Department (WES).  See below for more information.  If you do qualify and are awarded funding through the WES department, you do not need to pay it back.

The WES department at Highline College can provide tuition assistance and support services for some CE short-term certificates and professional/technical AAS programs if a student meets funding and program eligibility criteria. Please visit Start Next Quarter to see if you pre-qualify for an invitation to attend Highline’s free education planning workshop through the WES department. If invited, it will be determined at the workshop whether you are eligible for funding. For general information, please visit WES online or call 206-592-3802.


Have You Taken Previous College Courses?

Let us see if those courses will apply to the Retail Management Certificate. Contact Professor Shawna Freeman at or call (206) 592-3639.


What Other Pathways Are Available Once I Have Completed My Certificate?

All credits earned in the Retail Management Certificate will transfer to either an AAS in Retail Management or an AAS in Business. From there you can either move on to a BAS in Marketing/Entrepreneurship at Green River College, a BAS in Global Trade & Logistics at Highline College, or a BS in Business ManagementMarketing Management, or HR Management at Western Governors University (WGU).


How Do I Register?

Step 1

  • Please begin by Applying for Admission to the College. When choosing your Academic Program, for Retail Management Certificate only, select "Retail Management--C20".

Step 2

Step 3

  • Once your myHighline account is activated, please contact the Continuing Education department at 206-592-3785 or email to begin your registration process.



For more information, contact the Continuing Education department at 206-592-3785 or email


Interested in a Cohort Program for your Employees?

Please contact Crystal Kitterman at (206) 592-3341 or for more information.



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