Degrees, Certificates and Competencies

Certificates and Competencies

Certificates and Competencies in the College Catalog [PDF]

Certificate of Participation (CP)
A document issued to students who have participated in non-credit courses or activities which do not meet the requirements for other certificates or degrees. This certificate does not reflect academic performance, and no performance evaluation is implied by its issuance.

Certificate of Professional Development (CPD)
A college credential for students who have successfully completed designated short-term credit or noncredit courses which provide them with industry specific job upgrading or entry -level skills. The issuance of a Certificate of Professional Development requires that the students’ work has been evaluated and stated competencies have been met. Credit course sequences shall be less than 4 credit hours.

Certificate of Competence (CoC)
A college credential for students who have successfully completed designated short-term credit or noncredit courses which provide them with job upgrading or entry-level skills. Credit course sequences shall be at least 4 and less than 24 credit hours. To be eligible for the CoC, students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 ("C") or higher.

Academic Subject Certificate (ASC)
A college credential for students who have successfully completed a specific sequence of credit courses from the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree curriculum. The sequence must fit within the structure of the AA degree, may not extend the credits required for the AA degree, and shall be at least 12 credit hours. To be eligible for the ASC, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 ("C") or higher.

Certificate Of Achievement (CA)
A college credential for students who have successfully completed designated medium-term Career and Technical-Professional Education credit course sequences which provide them with entry-level skills or job upgrading. These course sequences shall be at least 24 credit hours, but may not exceed 45 credit hours unless external employment requirements exceed this number. To be eligible for the CA, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 ("C") or higher.

Advanced Professional Certificate (APC)
A college credential for students who have successfully completed a one-year advanced Career and Technical-Professional Program beyond the Associate Degree. Currently, the only program offering this certificate at Honolulu Community College is the Computing, Electronics, and Networking Technology (CENT) Program. Please see details in the Career and Technical Education Programs/CENT section of this catalog.

Career and Technical Education Degrees

Career and Technical Education Degrees in the College Catalog [PDF]

Associate In Science (AS) Degree
A two-year Career and Technical-Professional degree consisting of at least 60 semester credits, which provides students with skills and competencies for gainful employment, entirely at the baccalaureate level. To be eligible for the AS, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 ("C") or higher.

Associate In Applied Science (AAS) Degree
A two-year Career and Technical-Professional degree consisting of at least 60 semester credits, which provides students with skills and competencies for gainful employment. This degree is not intended nor designed for transfer directly into a baccalaureate program. AAS programs include some baccalaureate level course offerings. To be eligible for the AAS, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 ("C") or higher.

Associate In Technical Studies (ATS) Degree
A two-year Career and Technical-Professional degree consisting of at least 60 semester credits, which provides students with skills and competencies for gainful employment. This degree must be customized by using courses from two or more existing approved programs and is intended to target emerging career areas which cross traditional boundaries. The ATS degree must have educational objectives that are clearly defined and recognized by business, industry, and employers who have needs for specialized training for a limited number of employees. This degree must have advanced approval, and cannot be requested based upon previously completed coursework. To be eligible for the ATS, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 ("C") or higher.

Liberal Arts

Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Program
Honolulu Community College’s Associate in Arts (AA) Degree is a two-year liberal arts degree designed to provide students with (1) skills and perspectives fundamental to undertaking higher education; and, (2) a broad exposure to different domains of academic knowledge.

Liberal Arts in the College Catalog [PDF]

Liberal Arts: Degree Programs

Liberal Arts: Academic Subject Certificates