Career Training Information

CTE Information Session Schedule


Are you ready to get started on your new career?

HBAS offers 6 Certificate Programs: Accounting Clerk, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing/Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Administrative Assistant, and Data Entry Clerk. If you are interested in one or more of our programs, sign up online to attend a FREE information session. The schedule for the information sessions can be found below.


Please note: All students must be 18 years of age or older, possess a high school diploma or GED, must attend a required information session prior to being accepted into a certificate program, and pass an English and Math exam (free remediation classes are available if needed).


You can complete training for a new career in 4 simple steps. Please note: these steps must be completed in the order listed. 


Location: HBAS – Gothard
17231 Gothard Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92647



Accounting Clerk, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Data Entry and Administrative Assistant


Information Session Scheduled Monthly on a Friday

8:30 am – 9:30 am at HBAS Gothard Site – Room C123


2017 – Oct 6,  Nov 3,  Dec 1

2018 – Jan 12,  Feb 2,  Mar 2,  April 13,  May 4,  June 1

Career Technical Education Certificate Program Steps


Step 1. Enroll and register online to attend a FREE, required Information Session. At the Information Session you will learn about the programs prerequisites, registration fees, externship opportunities, job prospects, and more. The schedule for the information session for each certificate program can be found to the left. Allow 1 hour for this step.



Step 2. Attend an Enrollment/ Orientation session immediately following the Information Session from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Step 3. Attend a required Assessment Session from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. on the same Friday you complete Step 1 and Step 2. In this session you will take a basic skills assessment to determine if academic support is needed. If so, you will be enrolled in FREE remediation classes. You may choose to complete this step at a later date and time. Please note: space is limited and no late admittance.  (See page 6 of the catalog for optional dates, times, and locations).

Step 4. Register for the Career Readiness Class. You may also choose to register for an additional required class at this time.

The simplest way to get started in one of the certificate programs is to complete all 4 steps in one day by attending an Information meeting on a Friday from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., attending  an Enrollment/Orientation Session from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and attending an Assessment Session from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 


*If you finish your course work in the summer,  fall, or winter you will be eligible to participate in the  spring ceremony immediately following the completion of your last class only.


Externship Information

  • If you successfully complete all required course work with a passing grade of 80% or higher and  you pass the National/State certifying exam  you will qualify to enroll in the corresponding externship program.


Have you already taken classes somewhere else?

  • If you have already taken a Medical Terminology  course and/or Microsoft Word/Excel and can provide a certificate of course completion or an official transcript from an accredited school within the last two years, you may speak to an instructor about challenging the course. If the instructor verifies you qualify to challenge, you may challenge the exam ONCE and ONLY ONCE. The exam must be taken on or before start date of the class. The Challenge Exam Fee of $20 will apply. If you successfully challenge the exam, you will receive a “CT” on your transcript. The passing standard is 80% or higher. If you do not meet the passing standard, you are required to enroll in and complete the whole course in the usual manner. The challenge exam fee will not be applied toward the cost of you enrolling in the course should you not pass the exam at 80% accuracy. You may not use any reference materials when challenging the exam and you will not be provided any study materials prior to the exam.