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.
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.
The College recognizes CLEP achievement by awarding credit to students with satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. A CLEP equivalency table outlining how credit will be awarded is maintained on the college website. Credit is applied to a student's record after the student has been admitted to the College and official transcripts have been received by the Admissions and Records office.
Students may arrange to take the CLEP tests at the Tutoring Center by calling 541-383-7539.
|Subject||Course Equivalent at COCC|
|CLEP Accounting, score 70+||business elective|
|CLEP American Literature, score 50+||ENG 253, 254|
|CLEP Biology, score 50+||BI 101, 102, 103|
|CLEP Calculus with Elem. Function, score 50+||MTH 251|
|CLEP Calculus with Elem. Function, score 60+||MTH 251, 252|
|CLEP Chemistry, score 50+||CH 221, 222, 223|
|CLEP College Algebra, score 50+||MTH 111|
|CLEP College Mathematics, score 50+||MTH 105|
|CLEP English Composition||
|CLEP English Literature, score 50+||ENG 204, 4 credits DS Arts & Letters|
|CLEP Foreign Language (no more than 12 credits per language)|
|French: score 50+||FR 101, 102, 103|
|French: score 59+||FR 201, 202, 203|
|German: score 50+||GER 101, 102, 103|
|German: score 60+||GER 201, 202, 203|
|Spanish: score 50+||SPAN 101, 102, 103|
|Spanish: score 60+||SPAN 201, 202, 203|
|CLEP General Exam in Natural Sciences, score 50+||9 non-lab science credits for 9 non-lab science credits for "additional courses" or electives|
|CLEP General Math||no credit|
|CLEP Humanities, score 50+||8 credits, discipline studies arts and letters|
|CLEP Intro Business Law, score 70+||business elective|
|CLEP Macroeconomics, score 50+||EC 202|
|CLEP Microeconomics, score 50+||EC 201|
|CLEP Principles of Management, score 70+||business elective|
|CLEP Principles of Marketing, score 70+||business elective|
|CLEP Sociology, score 50+||SOC 201|
|CLEP US History I, score 50+||HST 201|
|CLEP US History II, score 50+||HST 202|
|CLEP Western Civ I, score 50+||HST 101|
|CLEP Western Civ II, score 50+||HST 103|
|CLEP both Western Civ I and II, scores of 50+||HST 101, 102, 103|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-383-7500.