Prince William Public Libraries

Career Online High School

Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL). This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.


How to Get a Library CardResidents who are at least 20 years old and wish to earn their high school diploma. It is recommended that the applicant have attended the 9th grade. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.

Program applicants must have a Prince William Public Libraries card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card.

Program applicants who have already received a standard high school diploma, or a high school equivalency diploma, are not eligible for this program. Program applicants who have already received a certificate of completion are eligible.

No. This is not a GED (General Educational Development) program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited high school.

While both the GED and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them: among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions, and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED. In addition to providing a high school diploma, COHS gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.

Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:

  • Childcare and Education
  • Certified Protection Officer (Security Officer)
  • Office Management
  • Commercial Driving
  • Homeland Security
  • General Career Preparation
  • Retail Customer Service
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Home Care Professional
  • Hospitality and Leisure

Visit the PWPL Career Online High School website for more details and fill out the self-assessment to see if this program is a good fit for you. After taking the quick self-assessment, a librarian will contact you to talk about your next steps. If you have any questions, contact [email protected]