What is the difference between credit and noncredit classes and programs?

Credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits towards a degree or certificate. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester. Noncredit courses classes are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics, or develop personal interests. Upon completion of a course, students may receive a grade of pass or no pass. Noncredit classes are NOT applicable toward a degree. Upon completion of a series of required classes, students can earn a noncredit certificate of completion or competency.

Who may attend noncredit classes and programs?

  • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older
  • A minor who may benefit from instruction and has permission from both the local high school district and a parent/guardian.
  • Students who hold F1 visas will need to connect with the Ohlone College International Program to learn the process/eligibility for enrolling into a noncredit course or program. Contact: https://www.ohlone.edu/international/contact

Why would I take noncredit classes or a noncredit certificate program?

Noncredit classes assist students seeking to improve math or English proficiency, increase literacy and job skills, support access to higher education and advance employability.

Do noncredit classes appear on my Ohlone transcript?

Noncredit classes will be recorded on the Ohlone noncredit transcript.

How do I show proof of course completion?

Students who complete certain vocational courses receive an official Ohlone College class certificate. Students who need additional documentation may ask for a letter of completion from the class instructor or from the academic division.

Is there different student ID # for noncredit classes?

No, your Ohlone College Student Identification Number (SID) is the same for all Ohlone College courses, both credit and noncredit classes.

Can I preregister for any noncredit classes or programs?

Yes. To find classes, use WebAdvisor and/or refer to the Ohlone College Course Catalog.

Can I take noncredit and credit classes at the same time?

Yes. As long as a student is in good standing with Ohlone College they may enroll in noncredit & credit classes.

Are there grades in noncredit classes?

Grades are not required in noncredit classes. However, instructors may decide to award grades or pass/no pass to students. Certificates of Competency do require that students who pass the program have a specific level of competency. Review specific details of each class or program.

Do noncredit classes meet all 16 weeks of a semester?

Some courses may meet all 16 weeks of each semester. However, other classes and certificate programs for noncredit are often condensed programs that meet for a specific number of days or weeks. Consult the individual class or program description for specific details about class scheduling.

Can I get Financial Aid for noncredit classes?

No. Federal Financial Aid is not available for noncredit classes. Noncredit classes are offered tuition free.

Which specific classes do I need to earn a vocational certificate?

Each certificate program is different and requires a specific sequence of classes and/or level of competency. This is noted in each noncredit program description.

How many courses can I take?

As many as you wish. 

Do I need to take a placement or assessment test before starting class?

The noncredit classes currently offered by Ohlone College do not require a placement or assessment course.

Can noncredit classes be transferred to another college?

No, noncredit classes are not transferable.

How long will it take for me finish a noncredit certificate?

It depends on your availability and the availability of the classes being offered. Not all certificate programs are offered each semester.

Do I have to purchase books?

If books or other materials are required for the course, you are responsible for purchasing them. We suggest you do not purchase books until you have attended a class.

What do I get at the conclusion of the course?

A certificate that demonstrates mastery of the skills offered in the academy. You can include it in your resume!

What if I need more help?