Two-year college courses

Learn all about making a college in two years

Find out how college works in two years, what is the validity of the diploma, the short course options and where to study!

Whether it’s a rush or a need to get into the job market soon, more and more students choose to attend college in two years. These are called technological courses, or technologist training.

According to the most recent Higher Education Census, between 2003 and 2013 enrollments in technology courses jumped from 115,000 to almost 1 million, with an annual average growth of 24.1%.

The high demand of the students and the interest of the companies by professionals with this formation have made that new technological courses are created each year. In addition to being recognized by the MEC, this “accelerated faculty” also guarantees good salaries and a high rate of employability.

Find out how college works in two years, what is the validity of the diploma, the short course options and where to study!

How Short Term College Works

Built to meet the demand for qualified professionals, technology courses allow you to finish a college in two or three years. That’s because they have fewer subjects than a bachelor’s or baccalaureate degree.

In general, the Technologist course works like other higher level courses:

The course is offered by higher education institutions, which may be public or private.

There are courses of technologist in face and distance (EAD) formats.

The student undergoes a selective process (vestibular, Enem, ProUni or other types of evidence) to enter the course.

At the end of the course, if you have the required frequency and pass the exams and activities, the student receives a higher level diploma.

The great difference, in addition to the reduced number of subjects, is that a technologist course is totally geared towards the needs of the labor market, with many practical subjects and few theoretical subjects.

It is worth remembering that technological courses, despite the name, are not restricted to the area of ​​technology. There are technological courses in the most varied areas of knowledge, from Health and Environment to Design and Business Management. It is also important to emphasize that the technological course is different from technical training. A technological degree (or technologist course) is a higher education, while technical courses are medium level.

Advantages of short-term college

Taking a top technology course has a number of advantages:

Preparation for the job market: the training of technologist is aimed at the practice of a profession, with disciplines aligned to the needs of the labor market.

Higher Diploma in Higher Diploma: Technological courses last between 2 and 3 years, practically half of a bachelors degree, which can last up to 6 years (in the case of Medicine).

High employability: According to the survey “The professional education and you in the labor market” of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), more than 90% of people graduated from higher technology courses can get a job. And the best: according to the MEC and the National Institute of Educational Studies and Research (Inep), 79.5% of technologists get jobs in their training area.

Chance to get a higher salary: still according to FGV research, those who take the Technologist course get a 23.3% higher remuneration than the professional that does not have a degree.

Validity of the Technologist Diploma

The diploma of technologist is worth as much as a diploma of baccalaureate or degree to prove the superior level, provided that it is issued by an institution recognized by the MEC. With it, you can even continue your studies, taking extension courses, post-graduation lato sensu (specializations) or stricto sensu (master’s and doctorate).

Two-year college courses

The MEC has developed a National Catalog of Advanced Technological Courses with a list of all the graduations authorized in this modality, the main activities that the trained professional can perform in the job market, the minimum duration required and the infrastructure recommended for the college.

There are almost 100 different courses organized in 13 areas of knowledge:

Environment and Health

School support

Control and Industrial Processes

Management and Business

Hospitality and Leisure

Information and Communication



Food Production

Cultural Production and Design

Industrial production

Natural resources


The duration of technologically advanced courses varies between 1,600 and 2,400 hours, the shortest of which lasts two years, as follows:

Environment and Health:

Environmental management

Environmental sanitation

Management and Business:

Foreign trade

Commercial management

Quality management

Cooperative Management

Human resource Management

Financial management

Public administration


Real state business


Management processes


Hospitality and Leisure:



Sports and Leisure Management

Tourism management



Port Management

Professional Piloting of Aircraft

River Navigation Systems

Air Transport

Ground transportation

Cultural Production and Design:

Assistive Communication

Institutional Communication

Conservation and Restoration

Interior Design

Product design

Fashion design

Graphic design


Audiovisual production

Scenic Production

Phonographic Production

Multimedia Production

Self catering apartments


Private Security Management

Traffic Safety

Private security

Real Estate Lawyers

Where to study

The technological courses are offered in face and distance (EAD) formats by hundreds of public and private universities throughout Brazil.

Despite the offer of free technology courses, most of the offer of technology courses is in private universities.

Check out some institutions recognized and well evaluated by the MEC that offer courses of technologist in diverse areas:

Anhanguera Educational Center (ANHANGUERA)

Southern Cruise Educational (in person)

Virtual South Cruise (distance)

Pitágoras College (PITÁGORAS) – in Minas Gerais

Faculty of the Americas (FAM) – in São Paulo

And if you think that a good private college is out of your reach, you can renew your hopes! All of the institutions we selected above participate in government programs that assist low-income students such as ProUni and FIES. In addition, they work with innumerable options of scholarships, discounts, agreements and installments of tuition.