Professional Certificate in Electronics Technology

Professional Certificate in Electronics Technology

Classroom Program


9-12 months


15 Units

UCR Extension

Gain a solid foundation in key fundamental areas of engineering and technology. Take a step beyond theory and jump right into the practical, hands-on world of electronics. Focus on testing, quality assurance, customer support, production support, equipment maintenance and technical sales. This professional journey into the high-tech world of modern electronics prepares you to enter a unique, growing workforce or advance in your current position.

Designed For

Individuals who want to pursue a new career or advance an existing career in electronics in a variety of industries.

What You'll Learn

  • Simple to complex AC-DC circuits
  • Methods for troubleshooting digital systems
  • Semiconductor devices within circuits and their applications
  • Diodes and bipolar semiconductor devices

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in companies, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Electronics Installer or Repairer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Electrician

Program Overview


15 Units

“I started working as an Engineering Technician and wanted to strengthen my core in electronics. The program gave me a better understanding of basic electronics and I applied the knowledge instantly.”

Raymond Catanag

Failure Analysis & Reliability Technician
International Rectifie
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • High School Algebra,
  • Business Math
  • Equivalent experience


Looking to earn a professional certification? Successful completion of this program prepares you to sit for:

Industry Certifications in:

  • Electronics Technology
  • Broadcast Technology
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Junior Engineer

Federal Communications Commission License Exams in:

  • Radiotelephone Operations and Maintenance
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems Operations and Maintenance

Technical Written Requirements for:

  • FCC Radiotelegraph Licenses

Participants are responsible for applying for and scheduling these exams.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

AC-DC Circuits I

EE X400.01

3 units

The fundamentals of direct current including Ohm's Law, Kirchoff's laws and circuit analysis techniques. Emphasis is on circuit analysis of resistive networks and DC measurements. You will analyze DC circuits from the simple to the complex; construct and make measurements of DC circuits from simple to complex; memorize the resistor color code; and identify a resistor by its electronic symbol. A study of the fundamentals of alternating current including series and parallel AC circuits, phasors, capacitive and inductive networks, transformers, and resonance; introduction to filters.

Quarter 2

AC-DC Circuits II

EE X400.02

3 units

Emphasis is on circuit analysis of resistive networks and DC measurements. Parallel, Series and Series-Parallel circuit calculations. You will analyze AC circuits from the simple to the complex; construct and make measurements of AC circuits from simple to complex; learn the rules for frequency, reactance, inductance, capacitance and impedance in AC circuits, phasors, capacitive and inductive networks, transformers, and resonance. You will also be introduced to filters.

Quarter 3

Digital Electronics

EE X400.03

3 units

Covers digital systems with an emphasis on application and troubleshooting digital systems using counters, registers, code converters, multiplexers, analog-to-digital circuits, and large-scale integrated circuits.

Solid State Electronics I

EE X400.04

3 units

Covers the various semiconductor devices incorporated in circuits and their applications with emphasizes on circuit design and construction, measurement and analysis.

Quarter 4

Solid State Electronics II: Microelectronics

EE X400.05

3 units

A study of diodes and bipolar semiconductor devices, including static and dynamic characteristics, biasing-techniques, thermal considerations of solid state devices and a study of field-effect MOSFET devices and their characteristics as opposed to bipolar semiconductors. Solid State pulse amplifiers, large scale AF amplifiers, oscillators, AM-FM receivers, Pulse generators, sawtooth generators, advance applications of Junction diodes and transistors, MOSFET transistors and other semiconductor designs.

“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Dr. Sharon Duffy

UCR Extension Professional Studies

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