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Prior Learning Assessment

Community College of Philadelphia helps students succeed by awarding college credit for their learning achieved outside the traditional college classroom. Credit is awarded for learning that matches a particular course in your program of study. Course credit based on prior learning is given at the discretion of the department offering the course. Not all departments offer these options.

Ways to Earn College Credit for Prior Learning

Applied Programs Studies

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

Credit By Exam

Some courses may be substituted by taking a standardized exam, such as CLEP, or a departmental exam.

Evaluation of Noncredit or Alternative Instruction

Examples include professional training programs such as the police academy, military training, noncredit courses, and some career and technical programs.

Assessment by Portfolio

Students may develop a portfolio for individual assessment of college-level learning. Prior authorization must be obtained from the academic department in which the course is taught in order to pursue this assessment method.