Prior Learning Assessment


Am I eligible for prior learning credit?

You must be currently registered and accepted into a degree program at CCRI to earn Credit for Prior Learning, and the prior learning must be used toward credits in your program of study.

  • GED, with score of 175-200
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • UExcel® and Excelsior College® Examinations
  • College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
  • Departmental Challenge Tests
  • Training
  • Standardized Credit Awards for workplace training (e.g., police academy, apprenticeships, real estate)
  • Corporate-sponsored training
  • Military training and experience
  • Education
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Credits from other colleges and universities
  • Department of Defense Servicemembers Opportunity College (DoD SOC) Programs
  • Other
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio
  • What if I have credits from another college or university?

    If you have credits from other accredited colleges and universities, these credits might be transferable to CCRI. Have official copies of your transcripts forwarded to the Office of Enrollment Services: or 401-825-2003. Credits from other institutions are subject to the CCRI's transfer of credit policy.

    How many credits can I earn?

    The number of credits you receive from sources other than the Community College of Rhode Island is limited to half the number of credits for your degree program. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NESASC), the accreditation agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to oversee CCRI, requires that all students graduating from CCRI complete at least 25% of their program at the college.

    Are these credits transferable?

    We at CCRI want to advise students in accordance with the new CCRI Policy on Prior Learning that stipulates we operate in the "Best Long-Term Interest" of the student. What this means is that we will advise students, when there are multiple ways of earning credit for the same course, that they earn the credits such that the credits will transfer with the broadest range of institutions across the United States.

    PL Best long term interest of student

    As can be seen in the image above, there are ways of earning prior learning credit with the broadest level of recognition by institutions across the US (the top blue layer of the triangle). The middle level (the green layer) represents those methods of earning prior learning that still have a broad level of recognition across the US, but may not be accepted by most colleges or universities. The lowest level (the yellow layer) has the least recognition across the US.

    Rhode Island institutions such as Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island recognize CCRI's awarding of prior learning credit, but may have some stipulations regarding how and where these credits transfer as credits.

    If you are planning to transfer to another institution, please review that institution's degree requirements and transfer of credit policies. If you have questions about transfer requirements or how to find them, don't hesitate to contact Advising and Counseling for more information: or 401-825-2301.

    What are the fees?

    Fees vary depending on the option you choose. It is best to discuss these options with your adviser.

    How do I begin the process?

    The first thing you need to do is complete the Prior Learning Accelerator. This is a screening tool that helps us capture all the possible means by which you might have an opportunity for Prior Learning Credit.

    Contact Information

    Prior Learning Coordinator


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    Last Updated: 6/6/18