Credit for Prior Learning
Faculty please note that in order for students to receive credit for prior learning,
your courses must go through the curriculum process outlined below.
If you have an questions please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
A currently enrolled student in good standing with an educational plan on file may be awarded credit for prior learning with faculty consent. Request for credit may be made for general education, program, or elective coursework. Types of credit for prior learning include: credit by exam, credit by portfolio, credit by industry recognized training (IRT), and credit by military joint service transcripts (MJST).
Methods for awarding credit for prior learning are as follows:
- Credit through satisfactory completion of examination
- Faculty assessment of a portfolio or documentation of college-level knowledge/skills
- and/or college-level training not acquired at an institution of higher learning, such as industry recognized credentials or training (IRT)
- Evaluation of a Military Joint Service Transcript (MJST)
Disciplines with Courses Available for CPL
Courses already available for CPL are listed on the Transfer Evaluation System website under American Council on Education (ACE)
About Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
How does it support our students?
- Validates work and learning already completed
- Helps students move through our pathways
- Promotes equity
- Avoids repetition
- Benefits the community where they live and work by creating closer communications with industry experts
- Helps working adults reskill and achieve quality credentials that increase their economic mobility
- Promotes degree completion because students are roughly twice as likely to complete a degree than those who do not have CPL.
- Saves students an average of 6-10 months in time to a degree compared to their non-CPL counterparts
How does this benefit our college?
- Respects students and their work as well as our equity focus
- Builds enrollment
- Opens space for future community and industry partnerships
- Research shows that “Students accumulate more credits through coursework at the institution than their counterparts, which translates to increased enrollment for colleges.”
How can it benefit your program?
- Can bring more students to your program
- Can get students to higher levels of your program
- Impacts on faculty mainly related to time
CPL Good to Know:
- In terms of unit limits for CPL, the LPC Catalog says, “The amount of credit which may be earned and counted toward a certificate or degree is no more than three-quarters of the units needed for completion.”
- No cost to students for JST CPL but cost for all other forms of CPL
- Students will need to meet with a counselor to verify that getting CPL supports their degree goals.
- CPL credit is accepted at CSUs and some UCs
What is the process?
Thank you for opting to offer Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) to your students and
helping to further support equity at Las Positas College. The table below outlines
how to move through the credit for prior learning course request process.
Prior to Step 1, faculty will have decided they want to offer their course as credit for prior learning.
If you would like to make your course eligible for credit for prior learning, please fill out the CPL faculty request form and email it to the Credit for Prior Learning team at email@example.com. This inbox is managed by the CPL Coordinator and administrative assistant. If this request is for a new course, then in addition to submitting this form to the Credit for Prior Learning team, please also include the request for CPL in your new course proposal on CurriQunet.
Once approved by the Curriculum Committee, the Curriculum Specialist will communicate the course’s approval to the CPL team and document the approval in CurriQunet by uploading an attached file. The CPL team will then work with faculty to support them with next steps specific to the type of CPL they requested and update the student-facing webpage with the newly approved course.
- Transfer Evaluation System: Las Positas College
- Military Articulation Platform (MAP)