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Certificate Programs

Established in 2003, Arc Educates is a social enterprise of Arc Broward. Arc Educates provides three distinct certification programs that provide career training and rapid credentialing for animal care, culinary arts, and material handling. 

Arc Educates’ Entry-Level Culinary Arts Certificate Program, Animal Care Certificate Program, and Material Handler Certificate Program are licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education, license number 4392, and accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), ID#1502.

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Length of Program: 15 weeks, 248 hours

About the Program

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Every day, millions of products go from Point A to our doorstep. This makes Material Handling one of the most valuable skills to learn in our consumer-driven world! The mission of our Material Handling Certificate Program is to stimulate learning, growth, and transformation.

Our goal is to instruct students who are interested in a career in light manufacturing, retail, and warehouse operations. We help them achieve their potential through our small class sizes and individualized instruction from professional staff. Students will acquire the foundational knowledge and skills in a commercial warehouse or in a related retail or other field.

Material Handler Program Goals

The program provides students the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice the professional skills used in light industrial/warehouse/distribution/ retail settings including processing, sorting, demanufacturing, etc.
  • Learn and practice technical skills use in light industrial/warehouse/distribution/retail settings including use of technology to inventory and test product.
  • Gain experience in the proper use and maintenance of hand tools and warehouse equipment such as inventory systems, pallet jacks, etc.

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Length of Program: 16 weeks, 420 hours

About the Program

If you’re passionate about food and cooking, and want to learn the necessary skills to excel in a kitchen, then this program is perfect for you!
Our program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in the culinary arts, and includes classroom and practical experience in our state-of-the-art Arc Culinary facilities. Our skilled instructors will teach students the principles of food and nutrition, the proper use and maintenance of professional knives, hand tools, and commercial kitchen equipment, and the workflow of professional kitchens and restaurants. Students also learn about the history, culture, and international diversity of the culinary arts, and earn a certification in food handler safety.

Culinary Arts Certificate Program Goals

The certificate program provides students the opportunity to:

  • Understand the principles of food identification and nutrition.
  • Learn and practice the professional skills used in food preparation and service.
  • Gain experience in the proper use and maintenance of professional knives, hand tools, and commercial kitchen equipment.
  • Become familiar with the layout and workflow of professional kitchens and restaurants.

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Length of Program: 15 weeks, 340 hours

About the Program

Furry friends are a huge part of our society, and taking care of them often requires professional help. Our Animal Care Certificate Program gives participants the capabilities and skills to effectively care for, serve, groom, and treat cats and dogs.

Our goal is to instruct students interested in a career as animal groomers, shelter employees, or pet retail stores. We help them achieve these goals through small class sizes, hands-on training and professional staff to guide them through their training. Students receive comprehensive training that includes externship instruction at a local area animal shelter or rescue.

Certificate Program Goals

  • Properly feeding cats and dogs
  • Grooming and bathing
  • Interaction and playtime
  • & more

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How to Apply

First, complete the Quick Apply entry form to answer some preliminary questions about yourself! Our office will be in touch upon receiving your initial application.

We’ll then send over a program application either manually or electronically and submit at least 15 business days prior to the session start date. Please Note: a completed application does not guarantee admission or enrollment in the desired session.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Minimum age of 18 years old; validated by current driver’s license, passport, or photo I.D.
  • High School Diploma, G.E.D., or certificate of completion from private, specialized school
  • Tour and Admissions interview with an admissions representative
  • Successful completion of Trial Period
  • Desire to work in the respective industry


The institution does not require a test for entrance, nor are there other additional requirements such as background checks, drug tests, or immunizations.

Application Criteria and Processing

Once all admission materials have been submitted and are complete, applicants will be required to complete a trial period that will be held in advance of a course start. The Admissions Committee will then meet to review the following factors:

  • Dedication and ability to complete all program requirements
  • Solid learning capabilities
  • Ability to work effectively in a small team
  • Integrity, positive attitude, and a strong work ethic
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in the respective industry

Once all steps are completed and all required documents are reviewed, the Admissions Committee will render its decision of acceptance, denial, or waitlist. Applicants will receive notification regarding the status of their admission decision. Arc Broward reserves the right to reject applicants if the items listed above are not successfully completed or submitted.

Occupational Experience Period (OEP)

The OEP is defined as a period prior to official admission that assists the admissions committee in determining the applicant’s presumed capability to complete the program, ability to withstand the rigors of the program and the propensity to learn the material. At the end of that period, the student will be given an official letter stating the decision of the admissions committee.

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Decisions from the Admissions Committee fall into three categories:

  1. Accept
    Students are notified verbally by the Post-Secondary Specialist with follow-up in writing by mail. To complete the enrollment process, the enrollment agreement must be completed, signed, and returned to the Post-Secondary Specialist.
  2. Deny
    Students are notified verbally by the Post-Secondary Specialist with follow-up in writing by mail. Students who have been denied admission to a program may contact the school for additional details. If appropriate, students may reapply to a future session.
  3. Waitlist
    Students are notified verbally by the Post-Secondary Specialist with follow-up in writing by mail. Students are waitlisted when a program session is full. If a space becomes available before the program session begins, waitlisted students will be notified and may choose to enroll. Since program inception there have been very few occasions when a waitlist was necessary. The majority of the time, we are able to accommodate all eligible applicants as they desire.

We highly recommend a personal visit to our campus. Please contact us at (954) 746-9400.

Arc Broward, Inc. (DBA Arc Educates) is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at:

325 W. Gaines Street
Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400

Telephone Number: (888) 224-6684

Fax Number: (850) 245-3234

Arc Broward, Inc. (DBA Arc Educates) is accredited by ACCET, ID #1502. Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting ACCET at:

1722 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20036

Telephone Number: (202) 955-1113

Fax Number: (202) 955-1118

The following programs are accredited through ACCET:

  • Entry-Level Culinary Arts
  • DSPaths
  • Material Handler
  • Animal Care
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