Credit for Prior Learning Program


Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Program

Alverno College's CPL program helps students enrolled at the college save money and shorten their time to graduation. Earning credits based on prior learning allows students to learn something new rather than enrolling in courses that they already have the necessary knowledge to meet course requirements. 

The CPL program allows students to earn credits based on their prior coursework. They also can earn credits for knowledge gained from experience outside the classroom. To earn credits, students must demonstrate their knowledge by successfully completing assessments. 

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CPL based on prior coursework

Students can earn credits for some introductory courses by completing CPL bypass assessments in the Assessment and Outreach Center (AOC). Some assessments have eligibility requirements. There is no fee for these assessments, which typically take less than four hours to complete.

Students also can earn credits for some Spanish Language courses. Students complete assessments in the AOC. These assessments typically take less than two hours. There is a $10 fee for these assessments.

Students interested in completing CPL bypass assessments or Spanish Language assessments should review the courses and preparation materials. 

CPL based on experiential knowledge

Students who have gained college-level knowledge through work experience, employer training programs, non-credit courses, volunteer or community service, or non-college courses or seminars can seek CPL for other courses. Students must complete CPL assessments to demonstrate that the knowledge gained from their experience meets outcomes for those courses. These assessments typically require students to create portfolios, write experiential essays, or complete a course assessment. The fee for these assessments is $75 or $150 depending on the type of assessment students complete.

Students interested in seeking credits for prior learning based on their experiential knowledge should review the process to get more information.



Read this Q&A article to learn more about Alverno's CPL program. 

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