Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning is the process of awarding a student credit for competency in subject matter that has been achieved through previous academic study or occupational experience. This may include, but is not limited to, credit for external advanced placement such as the Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB), credit for non-traditional professional certifications and credit for educational/training programs (military, industry, state and federal government) and credit for Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations with scores of C or better.
Credit for Prior Learning policies at Virginia Western are consistent with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) principles and with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy.
Virginia Western Community College may award credit for the following competencies:
- AP (Advanced Placement)
- CPS (Certified Professional Secretary)
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
- Credit by Exam
- Early Childhood Development Exemption Credit
- First Aid and CPR Certificates
- IBO (International Baccalaureate)
- Military Training
- Police Academies
- Previous Completion Credit (Experiential Learning/Work Experience)
- Transfer Credit from Post-Secondary Institutions
Credit awarded for CLEP, AP, departmental challenge exams, and credit for work experience may satisfy VWCC program of study requirements, but will not necessarily transfer to another institution. Students desiring to transfer credit awarded via these methods should contact their four-year college of interest to determine its policy. However, appropriate credit, when awarded, will be listed on the student's official VWCC transcript.
Students desiring to earn college credit through one of the above Credit for Prior Learning methods can request an appointment with an advisor. Click here to request an appointment with an advisor.
Credit for Prior Learning/Graduation Requirements
There is no limit to the number of credits that may be awarded through Credit for Prior Learning, with the exception of previous experiential learning credit. Credit for previous experiential learning may be awarded for no more than 25% of the credit hours required for a degree. In addition, credit achieved through Credit for Prior Learning may not be used to fulfill the graduation residency requirement. A minimum of 25% of the credit required in the graduation curriculum must be earned at Virginia Western.
All accepted Credit for Prior Learning credits will be acknowledged and recorded on the student's permanent record with the transferring agency or other source of credit identified. No unsuccessfully attempted advanced standing applications or examination results will be recorded on the student's permanent record.
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