About the Skill Builders (Noncredit) Program

Explore Your Options, Build a Bridge that Will Lead to Your New Career

Santa Monica College offers a selection of skill builders (noncredit) courses available to the community at no cost (free)! Taking these skill builders (noncredit) classes can be done individually, or in some cases taking a series of classes can earn a certificate of completion. Skill builder classes provide robust learning environments and opportunities for personal and professional growth. These classes are practical, relevant stepping stones, helping you build essential skills for entry-level jobs.

Skill builder classes provide job training and can serve as a first step toward pursuing a certificate of achievement or associate degree at SMC.

Learn more about non-credit courses at SMC.

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion Icon Certificate of Completion More information on the Certificate of Completion

Prepare yourself to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU).

If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AS-T.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Completion - Introduction to Early Care and Education Certificate of Completion icon

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This program serves as an introduction to the theoretical and practical knowledge required for working with young children in an early care and education setting. It will help individuals determine their level of interest in the early care and education field, prepare students for credit-bearing coursework in Early Childhood Education, and count toward the professional growth requirement for the renewal of an existing Child Development Permit. The program consists of a sequence of courses that prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment as an entry-level Assistant Teacher or Family Child Care Provider.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Childcare Workers High School Diploma or More $20,218
Nannies High School Diploma or More $20,218