Special Curriculum

COCC offers curricular options in addition to credit courses and programs.

Continuing Education Non-credit Training Certificate (NCTC)

A “Non-credit Training Certificate” is a form of recognition awarded by a community college made up of a single stand-alone course or a series of courses that do not offer college credit for completion. An assessment of measurable outcomes or mastery of learning or knowledge is required. OAR 589-006-050 (36)

Non-credit training certificates (NCTCs) provide documentation of skill attainment for specific occupational employment needs. “Attendance only” classes do not qualify for the non-credit training certificate.

Continuing Education Rules Associated with NCTC


As with all non-credit Continuing Education courses and programs at COCC, there is no formal application or admission process. However, NCTC programs may have specific entrance requirements and/or pre-requisites that are noted in each NCTC Program Guide.

Registration and Refund Policy

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Registration is through the Central Oregon Community College Continuing Education department. Payment or arrangement for payment is required at the time of registration. Cancellations received five days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund. Students must cancel by contacting Continuing Education via phone 541-383-7270 or email: ceinfo@cocc.edu . Full refunds are also issued for any class cancelled by COCC. Refunds will be issued to the credit card used at time of registration or via check if paid by check or cash. Refund checks will be mailed within two weeks of the cancellation date. Failure to participate in a course or program does not result in a refund (and will affect the final grade). Exceptions to the general refund policy are noted in course descriptions on the COCC Continuing Education website and in the printed schedule of classes.

Student Records

Upon successful completion of a non-credit training certificate, students will receive a printed certificate. Program outcome objectives will appear on the back of the original certificate. Grades will be indicated on the COCC non-credit transcript for the courses involved in the NCTC program. Transcripts may be ordered through Admissions & Records as indicated on the transcript request web page.

Program Standards

Students enrolled in courses that are part of a NCTC program will receive a pass/no-pass grade on the official COCC non-credit transcript, based on specific course assessments stated under each program. NCTC grades are transcribed on an official college non-credit transcript and are indicated as P for a passing grade, NP for a non-passing grade and IP for in progress for incomplete or in progress work. Program standards for each specific NCTC are listed in each program guide.

School Calendar

The COCC Continuing Education website lists current and future course offerings. Non-credit training certificate programs are offered based on industry needs rather than a defined college term basis. Specific dates are identified in each NCTC program guide and include total number of clock hours for each NCTC.

Student Code of Conduct

Students will adhere to COCC general policies on conduct and academic honesty. NCTC programs impose expectations of student conduct in support of and in alignment with the broader reaching COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The COCC Continuing Education Department will hold all NCTC students accountable for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Instructors meet with students on a regularly scheduled basis to assess progress. NCTC program guides list each program’s standards for SAP.

Continuing Education Credit for Prior Learning

Students entering an NCTC program at COCC may receive credit for prior certification (CPC) if they have completed a course, training or other program that is taught to state, national or other officially recognized standards. Credit is not awarded for other life experiences. Students interested in receiving credit for prior certification must submit official copies of prior certifications to the Continuing Education office, along with a credit for prior certification approval form. The student will return the signed form and copy of the certification to the Continuing Education office, to be reviewed and approved or denied by the Continuing Education director. At the time CPC is awarded, the student pays a $40/certification fee prior to having certification recorded and/or transcribed.

Because NCTC programs require classroom participation and interaction between peers, the maximum amount of CPC that will be accepted for the NCTC program is 10% of the entire program requirement. CPC will be awarded only to students currently enrolled in a NCTC program at COCC.

Dismissal from Program

Because NCTC programs are short-term and competency based, it is imperative that students participate in classes. Absence from greater than 10% of required course hours will be grounds for a failing grade. Attendance will contribute to the overall grade in all NCTC classes, so students should be aware of the need to arrange other obligations to be able to attend classes.

If student behavior violates the COCC Student Code of Conduct, the student’s case will be referred to the college’s Director of Student Life for investigation and review. All NCTC student code of conduct review and disciplinary procedures will follow standard College policy.


NCTC programs are short-term and are offered on an “as-needed” basis according to regional business and industry demand. Readmission into a NCTC program after dismissal is not guaranteed. Before registering for a subsequent NCTC program following a formal dismissal, the student must submit an appeal to the Continuing Education Director.

Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)

The Oregon Transfer Module is designed for students who plan to transfer to an Oregon community college or public university. Composed of 45 credits in writing, math, speech, social sciences, sciences, arts and letters, and electives, it is similar to many institutions’ freshman year requirements.


  • Completion of the OTM guarantees that another Oregon community college or public university will accept all credits toward the institution’s general education requirements and depending on courses chosen, may meet some lower-division major requirements.
  • The Oregon Transfer Module provides students with documentation of completion of a standard set of commonly accepted courses.


  • Depending on the institution, students may be required to take additional general education courses. Students transferring to an Oregon public university should review any world language and specialty course requirements of the transfer institution. The OTM is not designed to be an endpoint, but rather a tool toward degree completion. The OTM is not a degree or certificate but can be noted on a transcript to confirm completion of a subset of general education courses common among Oregon’s colleges and universities.
  • All courses must be completed with a “C” or higher and be worth a minimum of three credits.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational Requirements
The following course numbers cannot be used in foundational requirements: X80, X88, X99, or 298
Two college-level English Composition courses
Oral Communication:
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
Choose one course
General Education/Discipline Studies
One course must be designated as Cultural Literacy
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses
Social Science:
Choose three courses
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose three courses, including at least one biological science with a lab
Choose enough courses to bring the total credits to 45 quarter hours. Courses must be from the Discipline Studies List.

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