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Credentials of Completion

5.11 Credentials of Completion
Year Adopted
2004, 2019


Clover Park Technical College offers six types of completion credentials.

The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) degree is awarded for completion of at least 90 quarter credits of appropriate 300 and 400 level coursework. An applied associate degree (AAS or equivalent) with the required distribution of academic core coursework in written communication, quantitative reasoning, social science, and humanities are the prerequisites for program admission.

The Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete programs that are 90 credits or more in length and include a core of 15 college-level academic credits. The majority of the credits are in the specific career/technical fields. The required general education courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences are designed to prepare students for work.

The Associate in Applied Science – T (AAS-T) degree is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete programs that are 90 credits or more in length and include a core of 20 credits of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. These 20 credits include a minimum of five credits in each of the following: English Composition (ENGL& 101), quantitative reasoning, social science, and five additional credits in social science or humanities or natural science.

The Direct Transfer/Major Related Program Associates Degree (AAS DTA/MRP) degree is awarded to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0, as calculated by the degree awarding institution and be based on 90 quarter credits of transferable credits, including 60 credits of which must be general education courses distributed as follows: Communication Skills 10 credits; Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning 5 credits; Humanities 15-20 credits; Social Sciences 15-20 credits; Natural Sciences 15-20 credits; electives which are other college-level courses of which a maximum of 15 credits may be college-level courses determined by CPTC and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution.


Certificates are awarded to students who satisfactorily complete the competencies and requirements for programs that are not defined as degree programs. Core academics are required in certificate programs of one academic year or more or a minimum of 45 credits.


Students earning an associate degree from a community or technical college may also receive their high school diploma upon written request.

CPTC Residency and Grade Point Average Requirements

To graduate from CPTC, a student must take 25% of the required coursework at the College.

To be eligible for graduation, a student must have a cumulative college-level grade point average of no less than a 2.0.


Application for Credentials Completion

To be certified for completion in any of CPTC’s degrees or certificates or a college-issued high school diploma, the student must submit an application for credentials completion either online or by using a paper copy. The application must be completed by the end of the fourth week of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. An application for credentials completion must be submitted for each degree or certificate the student plans to earn.

Award Processing

The credentials evaluator in the Enrollment Services office will do the following:

For some certificates, the faculty will notify the credentials evaluator in the Enrollment Services office of completion. Those programs are: Nursing Assistant Certificate, Interior Design Green Design, Interior Design Kitchen and Bath and Phlebotomy.

High School Credentials Awarded

If a student is 21 years or older and completes an associate degree at CPTC and does not have a high school credential, the student may also apply for the high school diploma at the same time he/she applies for the associate degree credential. Running Start students who complete an associate degree may apply for the high school diploma at age 18.

  • Log the student application for credentials completion into the SMS system.
  • Download the most current degree audit for preliminary graduation evaluation.
  • Be sure all degree requirements are met or are in progress.
  • Contact appropriate program faculty for course substitutions where necessary.
  • Certify students for credentials completion after quarterly grades are processed. Post award to student record if all requirements are met, e.g. 2.0 cumulative college-level GPA and 25% of required course work completed at CPTC.
  • All quarterly graduates must be certified by the 30th day after the end of the quarter for reporting to the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Print degrees or certificates of completion and mail to students.