Credit or Non-Credit?

The credit and non-credit (also called continuing education) programs offered at Maryland’s community colleges extend far beyond the scope of this website. Visit our Explore Colleges page and link to your local community college. You’ll be amazed.

“By 2020, 69% of Maryland jobs will require some type of postsecondary education or training.”
Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Middle skill jobs are one of the fastest growing employment sectors. Middle skill jobs require training and education beyond high school, but don’t require a 4-year degree.

— Community colleges train students for middle skill positions in both credit and non-credit programs. —



All community colleges offer credit courses that lead to:

1. Associate degrees
2. Certificates
3. Letters of recognition


1. Associate Degrees
Most associate degrees are designed for students to transfer and continue studies at a four-year institution, but… MORE

View a Sample List of 100+ Credit Programs HERE.

2. Certificate Programs
A certificate requires approximately 24 – 30 credits, equivalent to about 1 year of full-time study.  MORE…

3. Letters of Recognition
Letters of recognition (LOR) require approximately 11 credits, equivalent to about 6 months of full-time study. LORs are associated with certificates and degrees. MORE…


All community colleges offer non-credit courses that can lead to:

1. Licenses
2. Professional certifications
3. State-mandated certifications


1. Licensing
A mandatory process, regulated by a governmental agency, required to engage in certain occupations. MORE…

View Maryland’s 156 Non-Credit Programs HERE

2. Professional Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental professional organization grants recognition to an individual who has met certain standards. MORE…

3. State-Mandated Certifications
In some instances, state regulations require that persons employed in a certain profession must hold a certification from a non-governmental
professional organization. MORE…

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