Prior learning is experience-based learning attained outside of the classroom. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) may be awarded for  training, skills, and knowledge obtained through work, volunteer service, and hobbies.

The maximum CPL credit applicable toward graduation is 75% of the degree, diploma, or certificate. CPL may also be earned by completing a Portfolio. 

CPL may be awarded if a student has learning experience in the armed services, industrial and corporate training programs, apprenticeship programs, or successful completion of standardized exams (AP, CLEP, CTE, DANTES, DLPT, Excelsior, IB or a proficiency exam).  Please visit College Credit for Military Training.

Questions regarding the process can be directed to:

Tiffany Finklea

Registration & Records



Advanced Placement Exams

CLEP Exams

Computer CLEP Exams

CTE Exams


DLPT Exams

Excelsior Exams

Industry Certifications

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams


Other Important Links:

American Council on Education (ACE)

Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (Cool.Army)

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Information Technology College Accreditation Program (ITCAP)

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

North Carolina Dept. of Labor (NCDOL)