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Credit for Prior Learning

Get credit for what you know.

What is Credit for Prior Learning?

At CCRI, we recognize that college-level learning can occur in a variety of settings outside of the traditional educational environment. Many students come to CCRI with rich, diverse backgrounds that may include military service, corporate training, work experience or other experiential learning. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is an opportunity for students to provide evidence of their college-level learning for college credit.

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General Information, Policy, and Procedures:

  • Students must be currently registered and accepted into a certificate or degree program at CCRI to earn Credit for Prior Learning, and the prior learning must be used toward credits in their certificate or program of study. For certificates, CPL and/or transfer courses are limited to 25% of credit requirements. For degree programs, CPL and/or transfer courses are limited to 75% of credit requirements.
  • In order to earn credit based on prior experiential or non-collegiate sponsored learning alone, student learning and achievement must be demonstrated to be at least comparable in breadth, depth, and quality to the results of learning experiences provided by CCRI.
  • While many opportunities for CPL exist, some CCRI courses do not have options for CPL. 
  • Students requesting CPL for military training and service can follow the steps here.
  • Information regarding CPL transferability, fees, and more can be found in the FAQ Section

To get started in your exploration of Credit for Prior Learning, follow this link: Step 1: Review Your Program Requirements.