Academic Catalogs

Noncredit Certificates

The noncredit programs at Orange Coast College provide students access to higher education for skill attainment, college preparation, career enhancement, and personal enrichment. To earn a noncredit award, students must complete the list of required courses identified within the program of their choice. Noncredit courses are offered free of charge. Students may be responsible for textbooks and instructional materials fees, if applicable. Noncredit courses are repeatable. These courses are identified with course numbers ending in “N,” for example, A001N. Students taking only noncredit courses do not earn college credits, and are not eligible for financial aid.

Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) Programs

  • 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

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