By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing – Central Arizona College

The Management Certificate offered through Central Arizona College’s Business Division qualifies for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) National ‘Retail Management’ credential.

The WAFC was established in 1921, as a non-profit organization comprised of retailers and wholesalers in the Western United States representing over 7,500 supermarkets and $200 billion dollars in annual sales. The WAFC’s primary mission is to provide educational and leadership opportunities for food industry associates that help advance employees into successful careers.

The CAC Management Certificate features eight courses and students will complete twenty-four credits. Courses are offered at the Aravaipa, Maricopa, Signal Peak, San Tan and Superstition Mountain Campuses as well as online. In addition to being recognized by the grocery chain business, this certificate supports general business management curriculum valuable across major industry careers and disciplines. Individuals completing the Management Certificate may choose to complete an Associate of Applied Science Business Degree.

WAFC stores include AJ’s, Albertsons, Bashas’, Coca Cola, Costco, Dine’ Mkt., Food City, Fry’s, Kroger, Los Altos Ranch Markets, Safeway, Smith’s Food & Drug, Smart & Final, Sprouts, United Grocers, and Whole Foods. Employees with a WAFC store may qualify for a tuition reimbursement program through their employer.

CAC’s spring semester begins Jan 14, 2019. Following is a listing of the required Management Certificate courses that are available for spring 2019.

  • BUS123 Business Relations
  • CIS110 Fundamentals of Computer Literacy
  • BUS207 Business Communications
  • BUS190 Principles of Management and Leadership
  • BUS292 Fund of Logistics–Organizational Management
  • BUS180 Introduction to Marketing
  • HRM252 Managing Hospitality Human Resources
  • ACC100 Fundamentals of Accounting
  • ACC201 Financial Accounting
  • BUS220 Retail Management

The management certificate and WAFC options are available to all interested students and current WAFC employees.

For more information about the Management Certificate, please contact Gayle Haro, Professor of Business via email at, call 520-494-5403 or 520-494-5487, or visit the Business Division online at www.centralaz/edu/business. CAC will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 6 for the holiday break.

For specific information regarding the National Retail Management credential, visit