Diplomas are similar to certificates, usually given by community or technical schools. Diploma’s focus on getting a person trained and qualified in a particular business or trade. The curriculum, while teaching the required academic knowledge, emphasizes how to handle on the job situations. Some of them even include apprenticeships and on-the job training as part of the diploma course. Diplomas are most often available in subjects that are focused on a profession such as nursing, HVAC, auto mechanics, etc.