Prior Learning Credit

Prior Learning Credit is an easy way to get credit for college-level learning you've gotten from experiences outside the classroom. You can get college credit a variety of ways including:

Why Should I Do This?

  • You've earned it
  • You will save money
  • You'll graduate faster

What experience counts?

Activities like these may qualify:

  • Non-credit courses, workshops, on-line, television and newspaper courses
  • Apprenticeship courses
  • Self-taught knowledge or skills
  • Career/work experiences and training
  • Volunteer work
  • Community services
  • Travel
  • Avocations, e.g., art, music, dramatics
  • Leadership roles in associations and organizations
  • Personal life experiences
  • Industry certification

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio

Not all courses offer a competency exam. A Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio offers an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge gained through life-experiences and equate that knowledge with the learning outcomes of a specific college course, thereby earning credit for the course without actually having to take that course.

Portfolio Development Student Handbook