Business Administration

Retail Management Certificate


The Retail Management certificate is a nine course program designed to prepare individuals for the fast-paced retail industry. The program is intended to help students develop an understanding of the retail manager's job and the requirements for career success and advancement in the retail industry. The program serves both entry-level job candidates and incumbent employees.

Grocery Industry Professionals: The Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), a non-profit organization representing major food retailers, aligned with Washington's Community Colleges to offer the industry-recognized Retail Management Certificate to provide grocery employees in Washington access to a consistent curriculum. The Retail Management Certificate is offered throughout the western U.S. in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. Students in the grocery industry may be eligible for honorariums and/or wage increases upon completion of the certificate. The RETAIL MANAGEMENT certificate is not limited to the grocery industry - it is designed to prepare employees and advance careers of general retail professionals. Yakima Valley College participates in a consortium of Washington State Community and Technical Colleges that offer the Retail Management Certificate. Approval granted by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to YVC in winter 2007.


  • Increased knowledge of the retail industry
  • Improved business and professional skills
  • Enhanced employability and promotability
  • Special incentives for grocery industry professionals

Note: Students are strongly advised to have word processing skills for the BA classes. While not required, it is the student's responsibility to apply correct keyboarding skills and written communication formats.





Course Description Credits
ACCT& 201 Accounting I
BA 115 Business Math
BA 138 Written Business Communication
BA 156Marketing
BA 157Retail Management
BA 158 Principles of Management
BA 161 Human Resource Management
BA 220Human Relations in Workplace
IT 100 Introduction to Computers

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