Prior Learning Assessment

College credit for skills and knowledge learned on the job

Do you have knowledge or skills gained outside of a classroom that you think might count for college credit?

Not all learning occurs in a traditional classroom setting. The good news is there are still ways to earn college credit from those learning experiences.

Credit for prior learning can be earned by students who earned college credit in high school, as well as adult learners who have participated in employer training programs, military service, or independent study.

What credit counts for prior learning?

If you’ve recently graduated from high school, you may have earned prior learning credit from Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.

If you served in the military or have training from your employer, you may be able to earn credit through DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), or you may be able to earn credit through nationally recognized organizations, including American Council of Education or National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).

If you have work or life experience that relates to specific coursework or you have studied something on your own, you may want to talk with an advisor about how to challenge a course through College-level Examination Program (CLEP), departmental challenge exams, or portfolio assessments.

If you think you have prior learning that could count as college credit, contact the college directly: