Home - Degrees & Courses - College for Busy Adults - Competency-Based Education Competency-Based Education What does Competency-based education (CBE) mean? It is a program that awards academic credit based on mastery of clearly defined competencies (skills). With CBE, students take as much or as little time as they need to comprehend the material and master the skills. Competency-based programs can recognize prior learning regardless of where, when, or how that learning took place. Education often takes the form of facilitation and guidance for learners to progress through the material until they demonstrate mastery of the competencies (skills). In this way, students proceed when they have shown mastery of the skill, in other words work at your own pace as your schedule allows. CBE Pathways The CBE pathway in Welding Technology is enrolling now. Classes begin every four weeks. Traditional or Competency Based Education classes offerings are available. Call (618) 468-4931.