Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is college credit awarded for validated college-level skills and knowledge gained outside of a college classroom. Students' knowledge and skills might be gained through experiences such as:

  • Military training
  • Industry training
  • State/ Federal government training
  • Apprenticeships, internships, work-based learning, or other industry-based experiential learning
  • Validated volunteer and civic activities (e.g. Peace Corps)

CPL does not award credit for knowledge and skills learned through college and university courses.

To apply, contact CPL coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


How can CPL help me?

CPL can help you save time and money on your educational path. Students can now get credit for a course instead of just waiving a prerequisite.

Who qualifies for CPL?

Have a current Student Educational Plan
Be in Good Academic Standing (not on Warning, Probation, or Dismissal).
Not be currently enrolled in the course for which Credit for Prior Learning is being sought.
Not be currently enrolled in nor have received credit for a more advanced course in the same subject.
Students who hold industry credentials and certifications who are graduates of service academies, were trained for military occupations, or have work experience that can be demonstrated through an exam or portfolio review may qualify for credit for prior learning.

How do I demonstrate that I have prior learning?

Each CPL eligible course will have different methods of assessment. These methods include:

  • Military Transcript
  • Credit by Exam
  • Portfolio Review
  • Industry Certification/Accreditation or License
  • AP, IB, CLEP

What courses at IVC are eligible for CPL?

We have several courses approved for CPL and are currently adding to our CPL database. If you would like to discuss a course you think should be considered, please reach out to a counselor to see if CPL is a good fit.

Does CPL cost anything?

There is no cost for CPL, however, a fee is associated with the Credit by Exam petition.

I have experience in a discipline or industry that is not listed.

Contact the CPL Coordinator to set up a "CPL Review" appointment.

Do I need to be enrolled in a course at IVC to petition?

 No, you can just start by meeting with a counselor and discussing if you meet requirements.
Once determined if you may qualify for prior learning credit, you will need to apply to become a student at IVC.

What is my next step to find out more about CPL and see if I qualify?

Students interested in CPL should contact their counselor at 760-355-6435 and set up an appointment to further discuss their options.

For faculty and staff interested in learning more about CPL and potential opportunities for students within your disciplines, contact Roxanne Morales, CPL Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Military students – Contact Military/Veteran Counselor, Michelle Zinn, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


How do I apply for CPL?

CPL applications need to be completed with a Counselor.

What if I am a High School student interested in High School Articulation Credit by Exam?

If you are a high school student and interested in High School Articulation Credit by Exam, please contact your High School counselor for more information on how to earn those credits.

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