Degree (Credit) vs. Non-degree (Non-credit)
Workforce Continuing Education (non-degree) vs. Curriculum (degree) programs. What's the difference?
Which area of Wake Tech is the right place to find the training and resources you need? Where do you start?
Watch this video for an explanation about the differences between degree and non-degree training, and how they work together to help you reach your goals.
Enrolling in non-credit courses
You do not need to submit an application for admission or high school transcript. Find the course you want in our WCE Course Catalog, then follow the unique registration instructions for that course.
NOTE: There are no payment deadlines or payment plans for non-credit courses. You must pay for courses when you register.
Non-credit students can receive career coaching, financial assistance, and support services.
Although traditional financial aid (PELL grants, federal student loans, etc.) cannot be used to pay for non-credit courses, Wake Tech DOES offer financial assistance for non-credit students. Learn more about the Workforce Continuing Education Endowment Fund and other resources available through the Workforce Continuing Education Career Pathways Program & Student Resources. We offer individualized support services that include scholarships for students who qualify and referrals to partner agencies for assistance.
Career Coaching and Support Services
Non-credit students have access to academic coaching and support (including assessments, referrals, and employer engagement) as well as assistance in finding the right career path -- through the Career Pathways Program & Student Resources.
Non-credit students may be able to place out of college-level courses or earn college credit for prior learning.
Students who have earned industry-recognized certifications may not be required to take certain pre-requisite courses. Consult the Business and Industry Equivalencies section of the College Catalog.
There are also a few non-credit courses that "articulate" for college credit:
- BTC-3200A7 (BioWork: Process Technician Training) articulates to BPM 110 Bioprocess Practices
- NUR-3235E3 Medical Terminology articulates to MED 121 Medical Terminology I and MED 122 Medical Terminology II
- TCT-3102A2 Introduction to Telecommunications, Fiber Optics and Copper Based Systems articulates to ELN 236 Fiber Optics and Lasers
- CJC-3938A4 Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) articulates to CJC 100 Basic Law Enforcement Certification