Retail Management Certificate

Earn your Retail Management Certificate while working in the retail industry. Endorsed by the WAFC.


This program is for current employees of grocery chains.

If you are not working in this field or associated with a grocery chain, please see our Retail Management catalog page.

In partnership with the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC), the Retail Management Certificate is an accredited business program that will give you skills to advance in your career.

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Certificate Offerings

The Retail Management Certificate is offered in two online tracks: Online Accelerated and Online Traditional. Both offer the same classes with the accelerated program offered in 7-week blocks and the traditional program offered in 12-week terms. Both tracks offer the same eight classes resulting in both a Retail Management Certificate from CNM, as well as an industry-recognized credential from the WAFC.

Not sure which track is best for you? Take our Learning Style Quiz to find out.

Online Accelerated Track Online Traditional Track
Classes in 7-week blocks (2 blocks per term; Fall, Spring, Summer) Classes in 12-week terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Flexible, self-paced Schedule is one size fits all with little individualization and flexibility
Minimal deadlines/due dates

Due dates enforced for assignments and exams

Competency-based Education (CBE) approach: Course progression-based on mastery of knowledge and skill Traditional distance learning approach: Course progression based on overall participation and grades
No books needed all course content in online platform E-books (digital books) provided
Grading: A, B, PR (in progress), or F only Traditional grading: A, B, C, D, F

Contact Us

Program Manager
Mark Jacome-Salazar
(505) 224-4000 ext. 53648

Recommended Sequence of Courses

  • BUSA 1115—Business English (3 Credit Hours)
  • BCIS 1110—Fundamentals of Information literacy and Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • BA 1130—Business Professionalism (3 Credit Hours)
  • MGMT 2110—Principles of Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • MKTG 2110—Principles of Marketing (3 Credit Hours)
  • BUSA 2220—Human Resources Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • ACCT 2110—Principles of Accounting I (3 Credit Hours)
  • BUSA 2330—Retail Management (3 Credit Hours)

Your Advisor

We wish to provide students in both tracks with the necessary support to help students succeed. Part of this support is pairing you with an Advisor. The Advisor provides support in addition to the course instructors. From your first day in the program, your Advisor is available to guide, support, and encourage you along your journey.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Central New Mexico Community College has recently been approved to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) via the NM Higher Education Department and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a participating institution, CNM Online Courses/Programs need to follow the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education programs.