Many people start community college or junior college without being 100% certain of what they want to do for a career. As a result, many students leave with a general associate’s degree in the arts or sciences that doesn’t necessarily apply to any particular field. That’s where a post-associate certificate comes in. If you have completed an associateâs degree and are now seeking more specific career training, a post-associate certificate, or professional certificate, could be a great option for you. In many cases, this certificate is the step in between an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree. A post-associate certificate takes less time to earn than a bachelor’s degree while providing you with focused training in the career field of your choice.