Credit for Prior Learning

Student receiving a certificate for a completed class


Previous work, volunteer work, military experience, professional certs and courses, and various other types of training and experience are all forms of informal learning that may lead to college-level learning credit. To seek credit for prior learning you must be formally admitted into a degree at WCCC.

Prior Learning Purpose

WCCC relies on the following to ensure practices consistent with academic integrity and responsiveness to learners. Prior learning may be derived from various life, work, and educational experiences and the term “prior learning assessment” (PLA) refers to all of the processes WCCC uses to review and evaluate evidence of learning and to award academic credit. The basis for evaluating all prior learning is via course equivalency. WCCC commits to the academic and administrative standards proposed by the nationally-recognized industry leader, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Adherence to this policy is also intended to support the transparent transfer of PLA credit among institutions of higher education.

Find out if you can get credit for what you know!
WCCCs Academic Credit for Prior Learning Policy and Procedures

Additional links to PLA resources

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
Joint Services Transcript
Community College of the Air Force
AP Exams
International Baccalaureate