Credit for Prior Learning

You may have educational experiences outside the classroom that are eligible for college credit. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is credit obtained through assessment of this type of learning. COCC will evaluate the following prior learning toward certificate/degree requirements:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation (non-collegiate learning)
  • Military Service
  • Credit for Prior Industry Certifications
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Course Challenge

ACE Credit Recommendation

The American Council on Education (ACE) is a college credit recommendation service that evaluates workforce training and makes suggestions for academic credit. To be considered for college credit you must submit official ACE transcripts.

Military
The ACE guidelines will be used when considering military credit for courses (not occupations) documented on the DD-214 and/ or other official training documents.

Contact your branch and request copies of your official military transcript be sent to COCC:

Credit for Prior Certification

You may receive Credit for Prior Certification (CPC) if you have completed a course, training or other program that is taught to state, national or other officially recognized standards and have received a certification. If you are interested in receiving credit contact your Program Director to determine if your prior certification is eligible. If credit can be awarded, a $40/course fee will apply. See COCC’s credit catalog for more information on CPC credit policies and limitations.

CLEP

You can earn credit for what you already know through College Level Exam Program (CLEP) subject matter exams. See for a list of accepted CLEP test scores and their COCC course equivalencies. 

To be awarded credit for CLEP exams, you must request official CLEP Transcripts be sent to COCC’s Admissions and Records office. You can request transcripts by following the instructions on the College Board Web Site.

See College Catalog for a list of accepted CLEP test scores and their COCC course equivalencies.

Course Challenge

You can earn credit for what you already know if you have knowledge and experience similar to a particular course. You may be able challenge a course and receive credit for it. If you are interested in challenging a course, you must receive permission from the instructor and the department chair, and complete the Challenge Petition form.

See College Catalog for more information on CPC credit policies and limitations.

For more information about credit for prior learning, contact transcript and degree evaluation at myprogress@cocc.edu or 541-383-7500.