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The Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (CBCSDP)



The Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (CBCSDP) provides adults who are non-high school graduates a valid option to obtain the State of Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma from the Community Schools for Adults (CSA’s).


Purpose and Content

The purpose of the CBCSDP is to enable adult learners to further develop their communication skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking; computation skills; problem-solving skills; and interpersonal skills. The activities are designed to help adult learners become functionally competent individuals within the following five units: Consumer Economics, Community Resources, Health, Government & Law, and Occupational Knowledge.


Diploma Requirements

There are two phases in the CBCSDP that must be completed to qualify for the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma:


Phase 1: Academic Coursework

  • Student must attend at least 75% of the total class sessions per unit;
  • Students must complete assigned tasks for each unit and submit a unit portfolio;
  • Student must take unit tests (5 units) and score a 70% or better; and
  • Student must take CBCSDP Mastery Test and score a 70% or better.

Phase 2: Career Component (Choose one):

  • Student must complete a minimum of one (1) credit of work at an accredited post-secondary institution;
  • Student must be employed for a minimum of 100 hours;
  • Student must obtain or possess a marketable skill; or
  • Student must demonstrate home or life management skills. 
It takes approximately one year (5 units at 30 hours per unit) to complete the entire program.  


Who may enroll in CBCSDP?
  • Any adult who has not earned a High School Diploma or an Adult Community School Diploma.
  • Anyone 18 years or older.
  • Students who are 16-17 and officially withdrawn from high school.
How can I enroll in CBCSDP classes?
  • Call or go to any adult community school located near you to inquire and the program and registration procedures.  
How much does it cost to take CBCSDP classes?
  • $20 enrollment fee for each course.
  • $15 book fee for each course
  • $5 testing fee for the Mastery Test