Adult Learners — Earn Credit for What You Know!
Earning credit for what you already know may help you:
- save money on your classes
- shorten the time to degree completion
To learn more about Credit for Prior Learning, sign up to attend an Info Session. Info sessions are offered every Wednesday from 11 AM – Noon or by appointment.
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), International Baccalaureate (IB), credit for non-traditional professional certifications, credit for educational/training programs (military, industry, state and federal government), credit for Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations with scores of C or better and portfolio assessment.
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:
- CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
- Credit for Credentials
- Military Training
- Police Academies
- Transfer Credit from Post-Secondary Institutions
- Previous Completion Credit (Experiential Learning/Work Experience)
- AP (Advanced Placement)
- IBO (International Baccalaureate)
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.