3-13: Certificates and Certifications for Noncredit Courses, Trainings and Programs – Policy

Policy Overview

This policy defines requirements and establishes the process for earning certificates for non-credit courses and programs. This policy and accompanying documents are designed to serve the best interests of Santa Fe Community College (SFCC or College) students by providing a clearly defined pathway to certificate completion.

Scope and Applicability

This policy applies to all full-time and part-time students seeking a certificate for noncredit classes or programs.

Policy Statement

A noncredit certificate or certification is designed to assist students in upgrading skills and knowledge. Requirements for Continuing Education certificates are approved by the Continuing Education Director including seeking input from appropriate stakeholders, and the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA).


  1. Certification A voluntary process through which individuals are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies, resulting in the award of a credential that is nationally recognized.
  2. Continuing Education Education provided outside the credit education system, consisting typically of short or part-time courses.
  3. Continuing Education Course Schedule Publication produced by the college to document its non-credit Continuing Education offerings.

Policy Process

A. Students must enroll in the appropriate noncredit class(es).
B. Students interested in a noncredit certificate must successfully complete the appropriate class(es).
C. Verification of completion will be provided by the instructor.
D. The department will provide the appropriate certificate to the student after verification, following policy 8-1 College Branding.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The President, through the VPASA and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA), shall be responsible for enforcing academic and student affairs procedures and policies. The OASA and the Continuing Education Department shall work with the different departments and offices to comply with this policy and develop procedures that will enforce this policy.


8-1 College Branding
SFCC Governing Board approved: 5/25/16