Certificate in Applied Science degree programs, which generally take one year or two semesters but less than two years of full-time course work to complete, are designed for students seeking to learn basic skills or to increase their proficiency in a specific occupational area. In the programs of study, students take skill-development courses in their field of interest and a limited number of related courses. Graduates of these programs may use their credentials to seek immediate employment or may continue their studies in an Associate degree program.