Noncredit Education

Noncredit instruction includes an array of no-cost courses that help students reach their personal, academic and professional goals. Ten noncredit categories are established to classify a noncredit course in accordance with its primary objective. The categories of noncredit courses are eligible for state apportionment in accordance with California education Code sections 84757(a) and 84760.5 and California Code Regulations title 5, section 58160. The ten categories are:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Immigrant Education
  • Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Substantial Disabilities
  • Parenting
  • Home Economics
  • Courses for Older Adults
  • Short-term Vocational Programs
  • Workforce Preparation

Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) Programs

All CDCP certificate programs in the short-term vocational instructional domain require Chancellor’s Office
review before chaptering.

  • Certificate of Competency—a certificate in a recognized career field articulated with degree-applicable coursework, completion of an associate degree, or transfer to a baccalaureate institution
  • Certificate of Completion—a certificate leading to improved employability or job opportunities

Areas eligible for CDCP enhanced funding include:

  • Workforce Preparation
    • ESL
    • Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills
    • Short-term Vocational with High Employment Potential

Program and Course Approval Handbook – Noncredit

Noncredit Program Information

Noncredit Resources

Contact Director, Continuing Education: Ute Maschke, ext. 3758, for further information.