Noncredit Education


Noncredit Education

Noncredit education offers tuition-free classes and certificates that help you develop foundational skills and provide a smooth transition to credit programs and employment. Noncredit courses can be repeated to allow time for students to build skills without the pressure of receiving grades or paying tuition and fees. The following areas offer noncredit courses and/or certificates:

Benefits of Noncredit Courses

  • Tuition-free
  • No prerequisite requirements on most noncredit courses
  • Repeatable even if you receive passing grade
  • Time to develop the skills and knowledge needed at your own pace
  • Serves as a gateway into credit certificate and degree programs
  • Gain skills and knowledge for a current or new job
  • Improve math, English and literacy skills

Difference Between Noncredit and Credit Course



Do not earn college credit

Earn college credit toward a degree and certificate

Receive a pass or no pass grade

Receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F)

No tuition or fees required to take course

Tuition and fees required to enroll in course

Can repeat as many times as desired

Can only complete course once with passing grade

Steps to Register for Noncredit Courses

  1. Complete the Sierra College application
  2. Complete the remaining steps to register for classes.
  3. Register for the noncredit course(s).


Noncredit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)