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Prior Learning Assessment

Community College of Philadelphia helps students succeed by awarding college credit for learning achieved outside the traditional college classroom. Credit is awarded for learning that matches a particular course in your program of study.

Ways to Earn College Credit for Prior Learning

Technical Studies Program

The Technical Studies program is designed for students who seek a degree that recognizes work and experience as part of college learning. Refer to the Technical Studies page for more information.

Credit By Exam

Students may receive credit for some courses by taking a standardized exam, such as CLEP, or a departmental challenge exam. Learn more about the credit by exam options.

Prior Learning Assessment for Veterans

Some of the training and instruction you received in the military may be eligible for college credit. Refer to PLA for Veterans for more information.

Evaluation of Noncredit or Alternative Learning

Professional training programs such as the police academy, noncredit courses, and other career and technical programs may be eligible for college credit. Students may also develop a portfolio for individual assessment of college-level learning for some courses. For consideration, please follow the steps below.

  1. If you are a first-time student or have not attended the College within the past two years, complete an admissions application. All other students proceed to step 2.
  2. Review the list of courses.
  3. Visit College Credit Fast Track to upload your documentation (i.e., approved certification, credential, noncredit transcript or portfolio) for review. *Note: All submissions will require a nonrefundable payment of $129 for evaluation. Payment does not guarantee course credit. It is strongly recommended that you seek guidance from the departmental contact prior to documentation upload.

Approved course credit will be applied to your academic record within 30 business days.