C Programmer Certificate

Learn C programming online and on-demand with personal facilitation to get the skills needed to succeed.

2-course track: $1,800

The C Programmer certificate program focuses on the skills needed to become a competent C or C++ developer, and comprises two programming courses providing comprehensive coverage of the C and C++ languages and foundational C/C++ topics that help develop skills applicable to real-world settings. In the C Programming course, students are introduced to fundamental data types, flow control, standard function libraries as well as coverage of structured programming constructs and varargs functions. The C++ course introduces core object oriented programming concepts including inheritance, encapsulation and polymorphism. C++ syntax and style are taught in the context of using object-oriented methods to achieve reusability, adaptability and reliability. Students can perform hands-on labs utilizing Microsoft Visual Studio or a UNIX-based environment if desired.

Upon completion of this program, students will have developed an appropriate knowledge base and hands-on development experience to pursue an entry-level C programmer or C++ developer position in the workforce. The C and C++ skills picked up during the on-demand certificate program also provide a solid foundation of knowledge for the C Programming Language Certified Associate and C++ Certified Associate Programmer exams, if a student wishes to pursue certification.

Personally-facilitated and on-demand learning gives students the flexibility to learn C programming skills around their schedule. The C Programmer certificate program includes videos, hands-on lab exercises and one-on-one facilitation to enable you to learn as your schedule allows. Competence with C programming is built up via lab work that is completed on a dedicated remote lab machine that is provided for the student, or if a student wishes to use their own PC for course labs they may do so. Our commitment to helping develop meaningful C programming skillsets is made evident through each student's access to a personal instructor with years of C programming experience. Insturctors to assure that your C/C++ courses are completed on time with full understanding of both the lecture content and the hands-on lab exercises for the skills needed to become a great C programmer professional. Your instructor provides personal facilitation until program completion, and they are a resource for when you have questions or need assistance with lab work. For a short video with more information about our on-demand training, please click here.

C Programming Career Opportunities

C and C++ are general-purpose coding languages, meaning students that complete the C Programmer certificate program will have many opportunities and options for employment as a programmer with their newly acquired skillset. As previously mentioned, students may opt to take professional exams such as the C Programming Language Certified Associate and C++ Certified Associate Programmer exams to further their credentials. Students pursuing entry-level work can expect to be compensated well and earn between $44,000 - $66,000 when first starting out. Individuals that continue to improve their C programming skills and knowledge base can expect to earn significantly more in their midcareer. Our on-demand and personally facilitated C Programmer certificate program is a strong self-investment that can lead to a rewarding career as a software developer.

At Bright Star, we're committed to delivering true competence in IT and programming skills so that students will succeed in the workplace. Call 978.256.9077 to disucss your education goals with a Curriculum Advisor and to have any of your questions answered. You may also request information here or browse all our certificate programs here.

Program Overview

  • C Language basics and development environment
  • Fundamental data types, storage classes and scope
  • Using Operators and expressions
  • Flow control constructs
  • Basic character and formatted I/O
  • Using C functions, arrays, strings and character manipulation
  • Accessing Command Line Arguments and environment variables
  • C Runtime Library Standard I/O functions
  • Writing software using C++
  • Defining your own types (classes) to extending the functionality of C++
  • Writing robust software that handles problems at run-time using exception handling
  • Writing C programs that make use of the Standard Template Library
  • Creating generic classes and functions that may be reused without modification


Students who do not have any programming experience may elect to attend the Introduction to Programming Concepts course at no additional charge.

Required Courses Duration PDF
C Programming 35 hours
C++ Programming for C Programmers 28 hours

Optional courses can be added to the base certificate track for an additional $900 each.

Optional Courses Duration PDF
Object Oriented Analysis & Design with UML 28 hours
SQL Programming 21 hours

Getting Started

Feel free to call us to discuss your desired curriculum – one of our advisors will be happy to discuss your training objectives and confirm that your goals and selected courses align. Your advisor will assist you in customizing the appropriate track to your personal situation.

After enrollment and speaking to your advisor, payment can be made anytime prior to your chosen start date for your first course. For multi-course certificate programs, you may pay for each course as you start it (pay as you go). Financing is also available.

  • You will receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides.
  • Login credentials will be sent to you for the lecture portions and lab portions of class.
  • A personal facilitator will be assigned to you for each course, assisting with questions or lab issues that arise during your training.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of class.
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees.


About Our Online Training Platform

  • Courses are designed to be a combination of lecture and comprehensive problem solving lab exercises
  • You are provided login credentials to view the course on any device whether it be a phone, tablet or computer
  • You receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides for each course
  • Lab exercises are performed via a dedicated lab machine
  • An instructor is assigned to assist you in completing lab exercises and to help with any questions about the course content
  • Our support team provides you with course selection guidance, personal course setup assistance and technical support
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees
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