Online Retail Management Certificate

The Retail Management Certificate (RMC) is designed to prepare students for career opportunities and upward mobility in the retail industry. It is endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and Food Marketing Institutes, and is relevant in any retail sector as its course content and learning outcomes mirror those advocated by the National Retail Federation.  For more information visit Highline's Business Department.

Why take online classes?

-Online Classes are designed for the busy working adult.

-The courses are self-paced and can be accessed 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

-You can learn from anywhere and avoid schedule conflicts.

How quickly can I complete the RMC?

You have the option of taking a standard track (1 class per quarter), where you can complete the RMC in 2 years or an accelerated track (2 classes per quarter) where you can earn your RMC in 1 year.

Certificate Class Schedule:

Standard Track ~ Two Year program (choose 1 class per quarter)

Accelerated Track ~ One Year program (take 2 classes per quarter)

Approved Certificate Courses
BUSN 160 – Human/Labor Relations (5 credits)
BUSN 204– Introduction to HR Management (4 credits)
BUSN 175 – Retailing (5 credits)
BSTECH 120 – Introduction to Office (5 credits)
BUSN 138 – Principles of Marketing (5 credits)
CMST 101 – Introduction to Communications (5 credits)
ACCTG 121 – Practical Accounting (5 credits)
BUSN 270 – Principles of Management/Supervision (5 credits)
Total Credits

How do I pay for classes? 

Many companies offer generous reimbursement and some even pay up front for your tuition. Please contact your HR department for more information about your company’s unique reimbursement plan.

The Workforce Education Service (WES) department at Highline College may be able to provide tuition assistance and support for the Retail Management Certificate if student meets funding and program eligibility criteria. For more information about WES funding, visit their website or call (206) 592-3802.

Have you taken previous college courses?

Let us see if those courses will apply to Retail Management Certificate. Contact Shawna Freeman at or call (206) 592-3639.

What other pathways are available once I have completed my RMC?

All credits earned in the Retail Management Certificate will transfer to either an AAS in Retail Management or an AAS in Business. From there you can either move on to a BAS in Marketing/Entrepreneurship at Green River College, a BAS in Global Trade & Logistics at Highline College, or a BS in Business Management, Marketing Management or HR Management at Western Governors University (WGU). 

How do I register?

Step 1 - 

Please begin by Applying for Admission to the College.

Step 2 – 

Once you have completed the Application for Admission and received your Student ID Number (SID), please active your myHighline account.

Step 3- 

Once your myHighline account is activated, you MUST CALL Continuing Education to register for your course/s. (206) 870-3785

Note*** If you are not looking to receive college credit (only a Certificate of Completion), please call Continuing Education at (206) 870-3785 after completing all 3 steps to register at a reduced rate.


For more information, please call Continuing Education at (206) 870-3785.

Available Course(s)

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