Certificate Terms and Conditions

Continuing Education at Green River College

Non-Credit Certificate Terms

Non-credit certificate programs through Green River Continuing Education represent programs of study in specific content areas. One does not earn academic credit in a non-credit certificate program, and the courses cannot be transferred towards an academic degree.

The following terms relate to non-credit certificate programs through Green River Continuing Education:


There is no formal entry requirement or admissions process for non-credit certificate programs. Participants may simply enroll in any of the certificate courses, as long as they meet the prerequisites listed.

Completion Requirements

Each certificate program is comprised of several courses that must be completed. Please refer to specific program requirements and course descriptions found elsewhere on this website. To successfully complete a certificate program, participants must attend at least 80 percent of each required course (verified by student sign-in sheets) and satisfy any additional requirements specified in the course outline. Participants who do not meet course attendance or other specified course requirements will not receive a certificate of completion at the end of the certificate program.

Awarding of Certificate/Time Limits

When a certificate program is taken through a series, the certificate of completion will be automatically granted if course requirements have been met. When certificate programs are taken by completing individual courses (not through a series), it is the participant's responsibility to request a certificate within three years of starting the program.

Certificate Program Changes

Participants must satisfy all requirements of a particular non-credit certificate program that were in place when they began the program before the certificate will be awarded. When a change is made to a certificate program (such as courses deleted, new courses added, courses modified, or change in number of hours), participants have the option of either completing the program they began (with substitution courses if one or more of the originals are not available) or moving to and completing all requirements of the new program. Regardless of the program the participant decides to follow, the total number of class hours required in that program must be met.


Program administrators, at their sole discretion, may allow substitutions of courses.

Transfer of Classes from Other Institutions

Only courses taken through Green River Continuing Education fulfill certificate program requirements, unless otherwise approved.


Every effort is made to ensure that class information and fees are accurate. However; changes, corrections or cancellations of courses, and changes in course fees may occur. Green River Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel any class or certificate program.

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