Certificate of Completion in Alteration Specialist

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts


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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Alteration Specialist is designed to prepare students for employment in alterations for the apparel industry. Students will develop skills in advanced clothing construction, tailoring and couture techniques appropriate for a variety of fabrics and designs, and fitting techniques for all types of apparel. They will develop the ability to select appropriate fashion fabrics, interfacing, and lining materials for specific items of apparel. Students completing this certificate will be able to alter and repair ready-made garments in entry level positions in the alteration profession for retailers, dry-cleaning industry or their own alteration establishment. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Design is also available.


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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Academic Plan
Alteration Specialist (CER)
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Total Credits Required
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify job opportunities available in the needle trades.
  2. Choose and explain the basic alteration process that should be applied to a particular alteration problem.
  3. Select fashion fabric, lining, interfacing, patterns, and notions appropriate for constructing, altering or repairing specific garments.
  4. Apply advanced construction techniques correctly on samples and garments.
  5. Operate a serger.
  6. Describe properties, use, and care of major textile fibers.
  7. Construct and alter a tailored or couture garment using techniques, equipment, and supplies required for the tailoring process.
  8. Perform assigned career duties in a work setting.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
TEC110Beginning Apparel Construction (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
TEC111Intermediate Apparel Construction (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
TEC122Sewing with Knits3
TEC124Advanced Apparel Construction3
TEC129Sewing with a Serger3
TEC130Alteration of Ready Made Garments3
TEC223Tailoring (3) OR
TEC227Couture Sewing (3)3
TEC277++Any Alteration Internship course1-3

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Full Award Details

First Term
2020 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
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Program Availability
Occupational Area
Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
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