Credit for Prior Learning

Turn Real World Experiences into College Credit

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 learners’ educational efforts through the awarding of 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.

 Ways to earn Credit for Prior Learning:

1. Past work experiences
2. Professional workshops and trainings
3. Independent studies
4. Military service
5. Volunteer activities
6. Advanced Placement courses

There are 3 ways to obtain credit for prior learning at PTCC:

1. Credit by examination CLEP Exam
2. Experiential Learning (real world credit)
3. Credit by certification

CPL in High School

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.

To schedule CLEP exams


For more information contact:

Mollyann McCann
Transfer Specialist | 320.629.4521