Credit for Prior Learning

The World is Your Classroom


Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom.

Learning also happens at work, through certifications or licenses earned for your job. Learning can happen through your experiences pursuing a personal passion or caring for a loved one.

At KCC, we believe in meeting students where they are - including giving them a path to earn college credit for what they have already learned and achieved.

What is credit for prior learning?

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is used to grant college credit for learning that has occurred outside of the traditional academic environment.

What can CPL do for you?

● Adult learners who earn credit through prior learning are 17 percent more likely to complete their degrees, compared to those without CPL.
● Adult learners who go through the process of earning credit for prior learning say the process was a positive experience, made them feel validated as learners, and improved their self-confidence.
● Students who earn credit through prior learning save time and money!

Credit for Prior Learning Options

Credit for Prior Learning Form

Credit by Examination

Earn credits through DANTES, AP and CLEP tests

Military Training

You could earn college credit for experience from your service.

Industry Certifications

Your professional certifications and trainings could translate to KCC credit. Some examples include:

Certification/Training Credit toward Degree or Certificate
Automotive Service Excellence
  • AAS Automotive Science
  • AAS Diesel Technology
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)
  • AAS Criminal Justice
  • AAS Emergency Response Operations - Criminal Justice Emphasis
  • AAS Emergency Response Operations - Wildland Fire Science Emphasis
  • Addiction Studies Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Wildland Fire Science Certificate


For more information contact

KCC Registrar's Office