Certificate courses provide a starting point for those who may not have qualified for admission into Diploma level in KCSE or those who have been in the field but have no formal qualifications. 

Similarly, those who are professionals in other fields but want an additional qualification in a specific field and do not want to pursue a diploma.

At the end of a certificate course those who qualify acquire a KNEC certificate to either proceed to diploma or get into the job market or even start their own firm, practice or ventures. 

Students acquire skills that allow them to be competent in the chosen profession since most certificate programmes put emphasis on practical lessons, field work, communication skills, presentation and enhancement of self-confidence.