Prior learning is experience-based learning attained outside of the classroom. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) may be awarded for  training, skills, and knowledge obtained through work, volunteer service, and hobbies.

The maximum CPL credit applicable toward graduation is 75% of the degree, diploma, or certificate. CPL may also be earned by completing a Portfolio. 

CPL may be awarded if a student has learning experience in the armed services, fire certifications, industrial and corporate training programs, apprenticeship programs, or successful completion of standardized exams (AP, CLEP, CTE, DANTES, DLPT, Excelsior, IB or a proficiency exam). 


Questions regarding the process can be directed to:

Tiffany Finklea
Admissions Evaluator



College and Curriculum Credit 


      College Credit for Military Training              
  Curriculum Credits for Fire Certifications  
Curriculum Credit for Con Ed Transfer Credit  



Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Excelsior Exams
Career Technical Education (CTE) Exams Industry Standard Certifications
  CLEP Exam (Computerized) International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
 CLEP Exams (Written) JFK Special Warfare Center & School
 Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) Military Service Schools
 DSST (Former DANTES Exam)   NC Apprenticeship (NCDOL Programs)


Other Important Links

 American Council on Education (ACE)
 Information Technology College Accreditation Program (ITCAP)
 Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (Cool.Army)  National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
 The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

North Carolina Dept. of Labor (NCDOL)