Your Life Experience May Equal Credits!

Credit for Prior Learning

Your Life Experience May Equal Credits!

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) can give you a head start in completing your diploma or degree. If any one of these apply to you, ask Jabra Kawas about Credit for Prior Learning:

  • Are you 25 or older?
  • Have you served in the military?
  • Have you earned college credits before?
  • Have you worked at least three years in the same job?
  • Have you volunteered?
  • Have you earned any licenses or certifications?

What is CPL?

Learning is a lifelong activity. Whether it takes place at home, at work, or through an interest or hobby, people continue to learn throughout their lives. Many adults, who are now returning to, or attending college for the first time, seek credit for this lifelong learning as a way to accelerate their progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. In response, a rising number of colleges and universities are conducting Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to help these individuals earn college credit for their demonstrated learning.

How does CPL work?

There are many types of CPL; one of the more popular forms is the portfolio method. This method requires students to document their life experience and demonstrate their similarity to learning gained through formal college education. We then make a determination of the equivalency of the demonstrated learning as it might apply to specific courses within a student's degree program.

Other methods of CPL include:

  • Credit by examination (professional, written, or oral)
  • Articulation agreements with other college or universities
  • Credit for licenses or certifications
  • Military transcripts
  • Standardized Tests (CLEP, DSST, AP Exams)

DCTC makes the determination on the level of credit to be granted based on the outcomes of the assessment in accordance with MnSCU policies and the Council of Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL).

What does CPL cost?

Credit for prior learning (CPL) assessment is $50 per lecture credit and $100 per laboratory credit.

Participating Programs

Check out our Programs & Majors page to see if Credit for Prior Learning applies to your program. Just look for the icon next to the program title.

Contact Information

Jabra Kawas
Jabra Kawas
Enrolllment Advisor

Scott Gunderson
Scott Gunderson
Business Management Instructor