Credit for Prior Learning

What is prior learning?

Learning does not only take place in the halls of academia. Adult learners bring to the classroom many years of learning through diverse experiences in life and in the workplace. Some of these experiences may be counted towards college-level work through prior learning credits.

Prior learning is defined as documented college-level learning acquired through previous study or through non-classroom experiences. These experiences may include travel; volunteer work; independent acquisition of knowledge; participation in formal courses sponsored by associations, business, government, industry, the military, and unions; and participation in certification programs and professional development courses. Only documented, college-level learning assessed by faculty will be awarded college credit. Credit is granted for learning from experience, not for experience alone; however, students must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credits required for their degree in residence at Berkeley College.

How can I earn prior learning credits?

Credit by Advanced Placement Examination: Students who have taken college-level courses in high school and who have passed the Advanced Placement exams given by the College Board and received a score of 4 or higher will receive credit for those courses if they are applicable to their program at Berkeley College. Credit for such courses will appear as CR on the student’s Berkeley College transcript and will not be included in the GPA calculation.

Credit by Standardized Testing and Published Guides: Berkeley College grants credit as recommended by standard assessment guides, including National CCRS (College Credit Recommendation Service), ACE (The American Council on Education), and DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support). The College also grants credit for acceptable scores on national standardized examinations, including CLEP (College-Level Examination Program), ACT-PEP (American College Testing-Proficiency Examination Program), and for professional certification exams in the ACE exam guide.

For more information, please click here for the Credit for Prior Learning Guide.

To learn more about the prior learning credit process, begin by completing the CAEL/LearningCounts Prior Learning Credit Predictor. Bring the Predictor results to your Admissions representative, who will forward them to an Academic Advisor.

Students enrolled in the LPN to B.S.N., Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Practical Nurse, Surgical Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology programs should refer to their respective Student Handbook Supplements for additional information regarding credit for prior learning.

For information about transfer credits, see the Transfer Credit Policy.