Credit for Prior Learning



Save time and money as you pursue a degree earning credit for skills you have already learned! CPL enables students to enrich their program by eliminating duplication of a learners educational efforts through the awarding of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Course credit is awarded when content mastered through a prior experience is equivalent to the student learning outcomes of a course. This equivalency is validated by academically sound and rigorous prior learning assessment methods. PTCC values learning that happens outside of the classroom!

Credit for Prior Learning is ideal for

  • Working professionals
  • Adult learners
  • Military veterans or service members
  • Returning Students
  • High School Students
  • Past work experiences
  • Professional workshops and trainings
  • Independent studies
  • Industry Certifications
  • Military service
  • Volunteer or community service
  • Advanced Placement courses
  • Standardized exams

Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered at many high schools and provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to take college level courses. Students who achieve a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement test can have that score evaluated by a college or university for a college credit. Students who attain an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma shall be granted six (6) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB examinations and two (2) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Standard Level IB examination will be awarded college credit at any MnSCU college or university.

Not all learning is done in the classroom.

Get credit where credit is due!


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