CERTIFICATES OFFERED

1. Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing (16 quarter units over 9 months)

Perhaps surprisingly, apparel is one of the largest manufacturing industries in the United States.  As labor and transportation costs rise around the world, the industry is finding that product innovation, design, speed of service and customization are critical.  This is driving renewed interest in hi-tech, agile, service-based manufacturing in the US, especially in Southern California.  The Cal Poly Pomona Apparel Manufacturing certificate will equip you with knowledge and skills for technical and management positions in apparel production.

Courses include:

  • Apparel Construction (1)
  • Apparel Product Analysis (3)
  • Apparel Production (4)
  • Advanced Apparel Production (4)
  • Apparel Operations Management (4)

You will learn:

  • clothing construction techniques
  • garment technical design and features that impact quality and price
  • creation and application of technical packages
  • primary production processes from cut order planning through spreading, cutting, garment assembly, and finishing
  • process evaluation and methods engineering
  • manufacturing technologies and their capabilities and limitations
  • operations and supply chain management, project management, forecasting, resource allocation, capacity planning, quality control, and inventory management
  • advanced technologies including, body scanning, mass customization, Unit Production Systems, Radio Frequency ID (RFID), and virtual environments.
  • information management systems such as product life cycle management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

To expand your scope we also recommend you take Textiles, and Apparel Product Development.

2. Certificate in Apparel Product Development (15 quarter units over 12 months)

The purpose of the Certificate in Apparel Product Development is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the business processes and technologies used to develop and bring new apparel lines to market.  These include 2D and 3D CAD drawing and patternmaking applications, product life cycle management systems, and body scanning and virtual reality fitting technologies.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Digital Illustration for Fashion (1)
  • Apparel Construction (1)
  • Apparel Design Analysis (3)
  • Apparel Product Analysis (3)
  • Design & Merchandising Strategies (3)
  • Apparel Product Development II (4)

You will learn:

  • Computer-aided design and graphics to draw fashion figures, apparel flats, and surface designs for fabrics
  • Clothing construction techniques for a variety fabrics and garments
  • Design elements and principles as applied to clothing design.
  • Human body types and drape and fit in relation to the body.
  • Garment technical design and features that impact quality and price
  • How to analyze construction methods and identify problems.
  • How to create garment specifications and technical packages using cad systems and spreadsheets.
  • Planning, development, and presentation of apparel product lines, including initial design, technical package, and sewn prototype.
  • Merchandising strategies and product line constraints.
  • Interrelationship marketing research service providers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers in the development of apparel products.
  • Line review and revision of first patterns and prototypes to create optimal specifications.
  • Application of emerging software and hardware technologies including PLM, 3D CAD, and body scanning in apparel product development.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider Certificates in Textiles, Patternmaking, and Apparel Manufacturing.

3. Certificate in Textile Technology (16 quarter units over 12 months)

The Certificate in Textile Technology will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of textile materials and structures, their decoration, finishing, and performance in end use applications.   Emerging technologies and their impact on the industry are analyzed.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Introduction to Textile Science (4)
  • Textile Fabrication (4)
  • Textile Specification Testing (4)
  • Advanced Technologies in Fibers, Textiles and Apparel (4)

You will learn:

  • The physical and chemical properties of textiles. 
  • Textile fiber classification, properties and identification. 
  • Textile coloration and finishing processes. 
  • Relationship of fiber characteristics, coloration and finishing processes to fabric properties, performance, legislation and care. 
  • Yarn and fabric structures and their production processes.
  • How to identify and analyze of yarn and fabric structures. 
  • Evaluate textile properties that impact product quality, cost and end use selection.
  • Principles and practices in specification buying of textiles, trim, and findings.
  • Garment performance and appearance testing, labeling and certification requirements.  Introduction to color measurement, management, and communication. 
  • Current advances in textile and apparel materials, and processes.
  • Application of innovative textile materials in apparel and related end-uses.
  • Emerging technologies used in the fashion industry.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider Certificates in Apparel Manufacturing and Apparel Product Development.

4. Certificate in Fashion Retail Management (18 quarter units over 9 months)

The fashion retail sector is one of the largest employers in the United States.  The Certificate in Fashion Retail Management is designed to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the business environment, organization, methods, and strategies of the fashion retail sector.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Fashion Industry (4)
  • Apparel Retailing (4)
  • Apparel Retail Buying (4)
  • Apparel Wholesale Operations (3)
  • Issues in Apparel Retail Management (3)

You will learn:

  • The scope and organization of the global fashion pipeline.
  • The characteristics of apparel markets and consumer behavior
  • The development, organization, and structure of the apparel wholesale and retail sectors.
  • Marketing and operations management in the apparel wholesale and retail sectors.
  • Principles and techniques of merchandising math and how to apply these to real world retail operations. 
  • Contemporary issues in apparel retailing, including: store environment design, experiential retailing, retail category management, customer relationship management, intellectual property, retail pricing and profit analysis.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider Certificates in Visual Merchandising & Promotion and Fashion Retail Buying & Sourcing.

5. Certificate in Visual Merchandising & Promotion (15 quarter units over 9 months)

The Certificate in Visual Merchandising & Promotion is designed for students seeking a career in visual merchandising for the apparel retail and wholesale sectors.  You will learn how to blend business and creative skills to create compelling displays, store layouts, and retail design concepts using multimedia tools including 2D and 3D CAD.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Fashion Industry (4)
  • Digital Illustration for Fashion (1)
  • Apparel Design Analysis (3)
  • Fashion Promotion (3)
  • Visual Merchandising & Store Design (4)

You will learn:

  • The scope and organization of the global fashion pipeline.
  • The characteristics of apparel markets and consumer needs
  • Design elements and principles.
  • Vector based Computer-aided design and graphics programs to create surface designs for fabrics, to illustrate shading and tonal value in fashion figure drawing, and to illustrate figures in proper scale and proportion.
  • Analysis of apparel designs for formal, expressive, and symbolic qualities.
  • Design elements and principles as applied to clothing design.
  • The application and operation of 3D body scanning technologies.
  • Analysis of body proportions and types and how the garment falls in relation to the body.
  • Principles and techniques for advertising and promoting apparel products at wholesale and retail levels.
  • Promotional mix, trend and forecast research, branding, special events, integrated marketing, promotional media and communication strategy.
  • Design principles in relation to the interior design of stores and their use in the merchandising of goods.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider the Certificate in Fashion Retail Management.

6. Certificate in Fashion Retail Buying & Sourcing (16 quarter units over 9 months)

Over the past fifty years, apparel buying has been transformed by the growth of large retailers and apparel suppliers, the advent of sophisticated management information systems, and the globalization of apparel manufacturing and consumer markets.  The Certificate in Fashion Retail Buying & Sourcing will equip you with the skills to advance your career in this critical aspect of the apparel business.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Apparel Retailing (4)
  • Apparel Retail Buying (4)
  • Apparel Retail Buying 2 (4)
  • Apparel Sourcing & Supply Chain Management (4)

You will learn:

  • The organization, development and management practices of the apparel retail sector.
  • Contemporary issues in multi-channel retailing, store location, apparel consumer behavior, retail marketing strategies, and retail operations management. 
  • The role of the retail buyer. 
  • The principles and techniques of merchandising math. 
  • Apparel buying processes, strategic positioning, assortment and seasonal plans, and purchase order management.
  • Analysis of competition market share strategy and sales forecasting.
  • How fashion retailers source product from multiple vendors.
  • Supply chain management issues and practices in the apparel sector
  • Software programs for planning, forecasting, replenishment, and consumer response.
  • Apparel wholesale selling.
  • The complete apparel wholesale process of order entry, invoicing of purchase orders, customer service, and order management.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider Certificates in Fashion Retail Management, Textiles, Apparel Manufacturing. and International Fashion Business.

7. Certificate in International Fashion Business (15 quarter units over 9 months)

The globalization of manufacturing and markets for apparel has created many challenges and opportunities for companies.  The Certificate in International Fashion Business provides key skills to develop your in the fields of international production, trade and marketing.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Apparel Importing & Exporting  (3)
  • International Apparel Market Research (4)
  • Apparel Sourcing & Supply Chain Management (4)
  • Dynamics of the Global Apparel Industry (4)

You will learn:

  • Fundamentals of apparel importing and exporting processes.
  • Political-legal, cultural and financial issues related to apparel importing and exporting.
  • Supply chain management and logistics for the apparel and textile complex.
  • Vendor identification, selection, and relationship management
  • Sourcing and supply chain management policies of major apparel producers and retailers.
  • Planning, forecasting, replenishment, and consumer response software systems.
  • The economic, competitive, technological and market forces shaping the international apparel production and distribution sectors.
  • Management practices and issues facing firms in the fashion supply chain business.
  • Market and industry developments affecting the apparel production and fashion retail sectors
  • International business research methods and project management.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider Certificates in Fashion Retail Management, Fashion Retail Buying & Sourcing, and Research Methods for the Fashion Sector.

8. Certificate in Patternmaking (16 quarter units over 12 months)

The Certificate in Pattern-Making program prepares the student for work in patternmaking, pattern grading and pattern marker making.   Through this program, students will develop skills in garment technical design, patternmaking and draping, and garment construction. The curriculum also provides exposure to business practices, component sourcing, product line merchandising, styling and presentation. 

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • Apparel Construction (1)
  • Introduction to Pattern-making (3)
  • Apparel Technical Design (4)
  • Apparel Product Development I (4)
  • Apparel Product Development II (4)

You will learn:

  • Clothing construction techniques used in the apparel industry
  • Development of patterns, prototypes, and samples.
  • Pattern theory, pattern marking and garment assembly.
  • Drafting basic pattern blocks for standardized dress forms.
  • Fit problems and solutions for ready-to wear garments.
  • Development of apparel technical designs.
  • Evaluation of patterns and ready-to-wear garments for style variations and garment construction.
  • Creation of technical packages
  • Wholesale garment costing.
  • Product life cycle management (PLM).
  • Use of CAD technology.
  • Fit analysis.
  • Develop apparel product line including design, technical package, sewn prototype, and implement line review.
  • Revise first patterns and prototypes to create optimal specifications.

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider the Certificates in Textiles and Apparel Manufacturing.

9. Certificate in Research Methods for the Fashion Sector (16 quarter units over 9 months)

Many apparel markets are characterized by globalization, dynamic and complex patterns of consumer needs, and intense competition.  Effective research capabilities are a critical for companies and a key skill to master.  The Certificate in Research Methods for the Fashion Sector provides you with the tools to frame and manage a research project; and to locate, analyze and present complex information effectively.

The program consists of the following courses: 

  • American Demographics & Lifestyles (4)
  • Statistics for the Fashion Industry (4)
  • International Apparel Marketing Research (4)
  • Basic Research Project (4)

You will learn:

  • Demographic issues related to family and consumer dynamics.
  • Social, economic, and housing characteristics.
  • Changes to populations, ethnicities, and lifestyles.
  • Analysis of the role of consumption in economics systems.
  • The consumer movement past, present and future viewed as a response to economic and social conditions.
  • Contemporary consumer issues, information sources, legislation and protection.
  • Theory and application of managerial statistics: data collection, confidence interval estimation of mean and proportion, one and two-sample hypothesis testing of mean and proportion, one-way and two-way chi-square testing, simple regression, and multiple regression.
  • Investigation and reporting of international market and industry developments affecting the apparel production and fashion retail sectors. 
  • Market research methods. 
  • Business research methods, involving problem identification, information search and collection; collation and analysis of information; project management and client liaison;

To expand your scope we also recommend you consider the Certificates in Fashion Retail Management and International Fashion Business.