Computer Programming Languages Certificate

Program Outline

Learn computer programming and take the first step to a technology career with nearly endless possibilities. Penn Foster Career School's Computer Programming Languages Certificate program covers a variety of topics, such as Introduction to Programming, Microsoft® Access, Programming in Java,™ and Visual Basic.® You’ll gain experience with real programs used in the technology field today — all on your own time, in the comfort of your own home. And you can complete this program in as little as four months.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later, Microsoft® Office 365, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

You will complete the following courses in the order indicated to earn your Computer Programming Languages Certificate:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal
The Computer Programming Languages Career Certificate program provides students with a background in programming and logic, Microsoft Access and Visual Basic, and Java to help prepare them for entry-level positions as a computer programmer, website or software developer, or database manager.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Create loops; create, search, and sort arrays; create modules and hierarchy charts
  • Use Boolean expressions, validate input
  • Design graphical user interfaces
  • Create new Access databases, create forms and reports, sort and filter your data with queries, analyze your data
  • Use the Java programming language to program applets and create animations and graphics for use on the Internet
  • Use Swing components and create Java programs using layout managers
  • Apply Visual Basic programming algorithms and data structures to solve real-world problems
  • Apply object-oriented programming concepts to create new code libraries and use existing code libraries
  • Design a complex user interface for a Windows Forms application



Introduction to Programming
This course concentrates on the basic guidelines and best practices for developing good programming skills.


  • Learn the basics of computer programming and logic.
  • Understand the basic logic common to all programming languages.
  • Learn how to create your own programs.
  • Use Boolean expressions.
  • Create loops and arrays.
  • Design graphical user interfaces.

Textbook: Programming Logic and Design

Microsoft® Access®
Microsoft® Access® is a database software used to manage and compare large amounts of data.


  • Learn how to use Microsoft® Access® in your personal, educational, and professional lives.
  • Create Access® databases, forms, and reports.
  • Sort and filter data with queries and analyze data.

Programming in Java™
Java™ is a high-level programming language used to write programs that will run on any platform or operating system.


  • Learn to use Java™ to program applets.
  • Use Java™ to create animations and graphics for use on the Internet.
  • Textbook: Java: A Beginner’s Guide

Visual Basic®
This course provides an introduction to Visual Basic.®


  • Use Visual Basic® to create computer programs.
  • Write programs to solve real-world problems.
  • Understand flowcharting.
  • Understand the stages in the development life cycle.
  • Create a Windows® Forms application.

Textbook: Beginning Visual Basic


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Java is a trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates.