Technical Management Specialist (TMS1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Technical Management Specialist Certificate is designed to build upon a student's previously achieved Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC), Diploma, or Associate Degree and add the management component to their education. Learning opportunities will introduce, develop, and reinforce students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to work in the student's current area of expertise. Graduates will receive a Technical Management Specialist TCC.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management candidates coordinate the people and equipment involved in the organizational processes. Many organizations fill their management positions by hiring from within and promoting from lower levels as job openings arise. Competition for these positions can be very competitive and management education can provide a competitive edge. Students interested in continuing their education and advancing their careers may continue their education at the technical college level in the Business Management program. Students may pursue an associate degree or diploma in Business Management. Opportunities for continual educational growth may be pursued at the university level. Collegiate programs in the School of Business with a major in Management are available to those students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in their chosen field or industry. A manager is one who supervises others, decides the daily priorities of the organization or office, delegates projects, and coordinates teams to meet the goals of the organization. Managers must have persuasive and clear communication skills, analytical minds, and the skill to evaluate complex relationships among numerous factors. Managers also should exhibit personal qualities such as leadership, determination, motivation, self-confidence, and sound business judgment.

The standard curriculum for the Technical Management Specialist Certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program any semester. The Technical Management Specialist Certificate takes approximately two (2) semesters to complete and is online. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 24 hours. 


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $2,751
  • Books/Supplies: $500
Curriculum Outline (24 hours)
Occupational Courses (24 hours) 24
MGMT 1100

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Develops skills and behaviors necessary for successful supervision of people and job responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on real life concepts, personal skill development, applied knowledge and managing human resources. Course content is intended to help managers and supervisors deal with a dramatically changing workplace being affected by technology changes, a more competitive and global marketplace, corporate restructuring and the changing nature of work and the workforce. Topics include: Understanding the manager's job and work environment, building an effective organizational culture, leading, directing, and the application of authority, planning, decision-making, and problem-solving, human resource management, administrative management, organizing, and controlling.

MGMT 2115

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course is designed as an overview of the Human Resource Management (HMR) function and the manager and supervisor's role in managing the career cycle from organizational entry to exit. It acquaints the student with the authority, responsibility, functions, and problems of the human resource manager, with an emphasis on developing familiarity with the real world applications required of employers and managers who increasingly are in partnership with HRM generalists and specialists in their organizations. Topics include: strategic human resource management, contemporary issues in HRM; ethics, diversity and globalization; the human resource/supervisor partnership; human resource planning and productivity; job description analysis, development, and design; recruiting, interviewing, and selecting employees; performance management and appraisal systems; employee training and development; disciplinary action and employee rights; employee compensation and benefits; labor relations and employment law; and technology applications in HRM.

OCC 003Occupational Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
OCC 003Occupational Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
OCC 003Occupational Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
OCC 003Occupational Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
Choose One (3 hours) 3
MGMT 1110

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Develops a working knowledge of the laws of employment necessary for managers. Topics include: Employment Law, the Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR Discrimination Law, Selecting Applicants Under the Law, OSHA and Safety, Affirmative Action, AT-Will Doctrine, Right to Privacy, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act(FMLA), Worker's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, and National Labor Relations Act.

MGMT 2120

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Provides a student with an overview of the relationship of rank and file employees to management in business organizations. The nature of the workplace, the economic foundations of work organizations, and the history of the relationship between management and labor is examined. The course acquaints the student with the principles of developing positive relationships between management and labor within the context of the legal environment governing labor relations. Topics include: the nature of the American workplace; the economic history of business organizations; the historical roots of labor-management relations; adversarial and cooperative approaches to labor relations; the legal framework of labor relations; employee-employer rights; collective bargaining and union organizing processes; union and nonunion grievance procedures; international labor relations; and the future of labor-management relations in a changing economy. Case studies, readings, and role-plays are used to simulate workplace applications in labor relations.

Choose One (3 hours) 3
COMP 1000

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include introductions to computer and digital terminology and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

GUI 003Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
Approved Electives: BUSN 1240, BUSN 1330, BUSN 1400, BUSN 1410, MGMT 2120, MGMT 2130, MGMT 2135, MGMT 2205, MGMT 1135 OR ACCT 100, BUSN 1420, BUSN 1190, BUSN 2160

Business Management Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 807

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