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Credit for Prior Learning

Earn Credit for Prior Learning

With knowledge you’ve gained outside of the classroom, you may be a good candidate to receive Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) for a course (or courses) in your academic program.  There are three ways to receive CPL – by exam; portfolio or demonstration; and military training/experience. 

To be eligible for CPL, you must be accepted into an associate degree, technical diploma, or certificate. 

Credit by Exam

You can earn college credits by testing out of a course. You may only attempt Credit by Exam once per course. A minimum score of 80% is required to pass.  

Cost: $50.00 per course  

  • Fee is non-refundable regardless of exam outcome and cannot be applied to the cost of future tuition.  
  • If an exam consists of several components, you will still only be charged one $50 fee. 

How to Receive Credit by Exam 

Meet with your academic advisor. To schedule a time, call or text 920-498-5444, or chat with us today!   

Credit by Exam
Credit by Portfolio or Demonstration

Credit by Portfolio or Demonstration

Portfolio  

A CPL portfolio is a collection of reflections, supporting documents, and artifacts (examples of student work). A minimum score of 80% is required to pass.    

Skills Demonstration  

A CPL skills demonstration is a type of assessment in which a student is performing a specific task and is then graded on performance quality and accuracy. A minimum score of 80% is required to pass.    

Certification or License  

In certain situations, knowledge and skills gained by obtaining professional certification or licensure may align to an NWTC class in your degree program. You may be awarded college credit upon the review of the certificate or license.   

Cost: $90.00 per course  

  • Fee is non-refundable regardless of exam outcome and cannot be applied to the cost of future tuition.  
  • If an exam consists of several components, you will still only be charged one $50 fee.  

How to Receive Credit through Portfolio or Demonstration  

Meet with your academic advisor. To schedule a time, call or text 920-498-5444, or chat with us today! 

Credit for Military Training and Experience  

Military Years of Service  

Service members and veterans must submit a DD-214 showing the net active years of service and other than dishonorable discharge to be awarded up to 7 credits for the courses outlined below.  

For One Year of Service  

  • College 101 — 10-890-101  
  • Oral/Interpersonal Communication — 10-801-196  

For Three Years of Service  

  • Intro to Ethics: Theory and App — 10-809-166  

To obtain a copy of your DD214, contact your County Veteran Service Office.  

Military Transcript  

NWTC will review transcripts from the Joint Service Transcript (JST) and the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and award transfer of credit where applicable. To have your military transcripts reviewed, request that they are sent to NWTC.  

To order an official copy of these transcripts, visit the following sites:  

If you need assistance to obtain any of the listed documents, connect with NWTC Veterans Services. 

Credit for Military Training and Experience  

Things to know about Credit for Prior Learning

  • Grading is Pass/Fail.  
  • We recommend you pursue CPL for only one course at time.   
  • You are not able to receive CPL for a course in which you’re currently enrolled. 
  • You are not able to receive CPL for a course you have previously taken at NWTC.  
  • CPL may not transfer outside of NWTC

Not sure where to start?

Connect with the CPL advisor to talk about your experience, knowledge, and goals.

For more information on credit for prior learning requirements and eligibility criteria, refer to Credit for Prior Learning section in the Student Handbook.

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