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CEUs, Certification & Licensure

CEUs, Certifications, and Licensure

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and certificates are available for many courses.  If a course qualifies for CEUs, it will be noted at the end of the course description in the schedule of classes.

CEUs are nationally recognized measures of lifelong learning credit (not degree credit) and are based on the number of contact hours taken for a course.  CEUs cannot be applied toward a degree program, but they can be useful in maintaining certification or licensure in certain careers.  They may also be useful in documenting continuing professional education for an employer.  Criteria for CEUs vary and are usually based on attendance or competencies or both.

Certificates of completion or certificates of attendance are available for many continuing education classes.  The instructor for the course will explain the requirements for a certificate in that class. 

At present, the division offers courses that prepare you for certification in the following areas: Business—Professional Human Resources Management; Child Care; Project Management (Project Management Professional, or PMP, credential); Computers & Information Technology—Microsoft User Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS), Cisco Certification (credit courses taken as noncredit CustomClasses), CISSP, Security+, Network+; Health Care—Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Pharmacy Technician.

The Maryland Child Care Credential recognizes child care providers who meet and exceed the requirements of state licensing and registration regulations.  There are six credential levels, each one recognizing a child care provider's achievement of a specified number of training hours, years of experience, and professional activities.  For more information on HCC Continuing Education programs, call Kristin at 443-518-4049. For more information on State and County requirements and programs, call the Maryland Department of Human Resources Child Care Administration at 440-750-8771 or the Howard County Child Care Resource Center at 410-313-1940.


  • GED–To earn a GED (General Educational Development) certificate, you must pass the official GED examination administered by the Maryland State Department of Education.  The test is given on the second weekend of every month.  Howard County residents are automatically assigned to the closest testing center located at Catonsville Community College, unless they specify otherwise on the registration form.  Questions regarding the state exam may be referred to the MSDE/GED office at 410-767-0538.  The Official GED Practice Test may be scheduled by emailing for an appointment.  The test takes approximately 3-4 hours and costs $20.  The Basic Skills/Foreign Born office provides a 12-week GED preparation course three times a year (fall, winter, and spring) for those of you who want to brush up on your skills before taking the state exam.  Email or call 443-518-4919 for more information and a schedule of classes.
  • EDP–The External Diploma Program is an alternative way to achieve high school completion for persons 18 years of age and older.  There is no classroom instruction involved.  You meet once a week with an adviser to build skills and must demonstrate 65 life skill competencies to receive a diploma.  This is a self-paced program that takes six months to a year to complete.  Registration for the EDP consists of reading, writing, and math prescreening to assess your skills.  Email or call 443-518-4747 to make an appointment for a prescreening.


If you want a record of the noncredit courses you have taken at HCC, you will need a Record Request Form.  To obtain one, you can download one here (PDF Acrobat document) by clicking the green link or by calling 443-518-1700 and request that a form be mailed to you.  Please follow the instructions stated on the form.

Information on all courses taken on or after July 1, 2003, will be included on this official record and provided by HCC's Office of Records and Registration.  For courses taken before that date, other forms of documentation may be available: please call 443-518-1700.

In continuing education, the term "transcript" is not used; instead, the document is called a "record."  The term transcript applies only to credit (degree) courses.

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