Credit for Prior Learning

Earn college credit for what you already know

Seeking a degree? Graduate faster by receiving college credit for what you already know!

You may use any or all methods to earn CLC credit for prior learning experiences, saving you time and money!

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A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Ways to earn credit for prior learning

We offer three ways to earn transcript-enhancing credit:

National Exams

National exams such as the AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP (College Level Exam Program) and DSST can be used to earn credit for CLC classes.

Learn more about national exams

CLC Challenge Exams

CLC offers its own challenge exams for students who possess prior knowledge of a subject area in a specific course. Challenge exams are not available for all courses and are offered at the discretion of the academic division.

Learn more about Challenge Exams

Industry-Specific Credentials

Certain disciplines such as criminal justice, fire science, surgical technology and automotive, will accept some industry specific certifications to evaluate and award academic credit. Some credentials have been evaluated previously and correspond to specific CLC classes.

Other credentials can be reviewed by the academic divisions and may require meeting with a  CLC faculty member.

Learn more about credential review

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