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Students taking noncredit courses may receive letter grades or be graded on the basis of Pass/No Pass or satisfactory progress. (The grading format will be determined by the department; see the course description for more information.) Noncredit courses are not recorded on a student’s transcript and grades are not calculated in a student’s GPA. Students may need to contact the instructor to learn their final grade in a noncredit class.
While noncredit courses are tuition-free, students are responsible for purchasing their own materials and textbooks. Students taking noncredit courses may opt in to pay De Anza College basic fees for student programs or services – including the SmartPass, which provides unlimited rides on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority buses and light rail lines.
Noncredit courses – with the exception of courses in English as a Second Language – generally don't have prerequisites. However, some certificate programs may recommend having a certain level of proficiency in English or Math.
Most noncredit courses do not require placement tests, but some courses may require that you complete an assessment process to make sure you are taking a course at the level that's right for you. Be sure to review the course description for specific requirements.
There are no limits on repeating noncredit courses.
Noncredit courses are numbered as follows.
■ 300-399: Noncredit career training
■ 400-499: Noncredit basic skills
Noncredit courses offer a new way to gain valuable job skills, expand your personal knowledge or become better prepared before taking classes for academic credit. Enrollment in these courses is free, with no tuition or registration fees.
De Anza offers noncredit courses and certificates under guidelines established by the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, with the goal of increasing educational access for students from diverse backgrounds. These programs can be a starting point for many individuals – particularly immigrants, the economically disadvantaged and adults who need to improve their skills – on a pathway to gaining basic skills, preparing to enter the workforce, transitioning to for-credit programs or transferring to a four-year university.
It’s important to remember that noncredit classes do not count toward a degree or academic certificate, and students do not earn college credit units. However, students can earn a noncredit certificate after completing a series of required classes.
When you enroll in a noncredit course, you will most likely attend class with students who have enrolled for credit, with the same instructor. You are expected to complete the same coursework and attend all classes.
You’ll find more information about noncredit courses on these catalog pages and at The following pages also include a list of noncredit courses and certificates currently offered by De Anza. More programs may be added in the future.

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