Retail Management Certificate

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

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.

WAFC logo

This program is for current employees of grocery chains.

Apply to Retail Management

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

Choose Your Learning Approach

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.

Side by side comparison of traditional vs accelerated track

Contact Us

Program Manager
Lori Gallegos
(505) 224-4000 ext. 51664

CBE Coach
Mark Jacome-Salazar
(505) 224-4000 ext. 53648

Recommended Sequence of Courses

  • BA 1131—Business Professionalism (3 Credit Hours)
  • BCIS 1110—Computer Concepts & Software Applications (3 Credit Hours)
  • BA 1121—Business English (3 Credit Hours)
  • MGMT 2110—Principles of Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • MKTG 2110—Principles of Marketing (3 Credit Hours)
  • BA 2238—Human Resources Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • ACCT 2110—Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)
  • BA 2236—Retail Management (3 Credit Hours)

Term Dates

Spring 2020

Online Accelerated Track

  • 1st 7-week block: January 13 – March 1
  • 2nd 7-week block: March 9 – April 26

Online Traditional Track

  • February 3 – April 26

Summer 2020

Online Accelerated Track

  • 1st 7-week block: May 4 – June 21
  • 2nd 7-week block: June 22 – August 9

Online Traditional Track

  • May 18 – August 9 

Your Achievement Coach 

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 Achievement Coach. The Achievement Coach provides support in addition to the course instructors. From your first day in the program, your coach is available to guide, support, and encourage you along your journey.

Your Academic Coach will:

  • Welcome you into your program and explain how it works
  • Provide information on programs, policies, and procedures
  • Answer questions, offer advice, and check in regularly to see how you are doing
  • Help you set priorities and manage your time with work, family and school
  • Connect you with the learning resources you need to succeed
  • Connect you with campus resources and departments such as the registrar’s office, financial aid office, veterans’ services, and tutoring.

While your Achievement Coach is a mentor, resource specialist, and all-around student advocate, your Achievement Coach is not a tutor. You will want to reach out to your instructors for particular questions regarding course content. Your coach is able to assist you with concerns that might be getting in the way of being successful such as time management or technical issues.

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 Distance Learning Courses/Program will need to follow the Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education programs.