Competency Based Diploma (HSED 5.09)


Our competency-based program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma. Adults can enroll in this PI 5.09 course with a referral from a GED instructor, from a state approved GED program. The program provides an alternative way to earn a high school diploma. In a classroom environment, participants create a portfolio of work that demonstrates the required competencies to earn a HSED. This highly-structured and intensive program meets four to five days a week, for 16 weeks. Daytime and evening classes are offered.

The curriculum consists of three, non-sequential subject modules allowing you to begin class at the start of the next module. Each module is five weeks. The three core subject modules are:

  • Mathematics
  • Language and Communication
  • Pathways (Civics, Health, and Employability)

Classes are held Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 12:00pm.

Eligibility: Must be 18 years and 6 months and older, or the class year the person entered grade 9 in has graduated from high school. Must be a resident of Wisconsin. Must also meet academic and attendance requirements and be REFERRED by a GED instructor. For more information, please call 414.906.2750 or complete and submit the online referral form.

Once you complete the course, you can take your exam at SDC in our certified Pearson Vue Testing Center!

Please follow up with Steve Wysocki at to confirm receipt of your referral.

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For more information, please call our Education and Training department at 414.906.2839. If you need your GED, please call Education and Training for information on our GED program at 414.906.2834.


A special “Thank You” to MATC for their partnership in providing academic staff for and administering the Education Programs at SDC.

“It (Competency-Based Diploma Program) is a good program to get into. Learning is easier.
You get the one-on-one help that you don’t get in a GED class offered in other places.”
~ Saumayo, 5.09 Student


SDC does not discriminate in its programs, activities, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of a
person’s sex, race, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.

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