The purpose of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is to recognize a student's experience(s) and knowledge base for which credit or
advanced standing has not been previously granted. Knowledge and skills acquired through experience alone or by earning industry recognized credentials, evaluated subjectively by faculty with subject matter expertise.
Student Eligibility Criteria:
Students must be admitted to the college where the available CPL course is currently being offered and is in good academic standing.
Transcripts of all previous coursework must be on file to verify no college credit exists in more advanced subject-matter, and that no grade
was previously issued for the course. Students may petition for CPL once per course and may not be currently enrolled in the course or
have a record of previous course attempts including comparable courses at another district college.
CPL will only be applied to VCCCD degree programs. No more than 50% of units required for an associate degree (excluding the
Associate Degree for Transfer and UC Transfer Pathways degree, which have no limit) or Certificate of Achievement can be petitioned.
CPL does not count toward the required 12 units in residency for an associate degree. Other colleges and universities may not accept CPL
for transfer purposes, including but not limited to meeting CSU GE, IGETC, pre-major, major and/or other requirements. Units granted
through the CPL are not counted toward eligibility for athletics, financial aid, veterans benefits, selective service deferment, or Social
AP/IB/CLEP: Do not use this petition. Instead, submit your official scores to Admissions and Records Office and schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss how these will be applied to the VCCCD degree and/or certificate.
HS Articulation: Do not use this petition. Instead, contact the lead college counselor or staff member for high school articulation to confirm completion of articulated coursework and eligibility for college credit, and the credit will be applied to the degree and/or certificate.
Veterans: If you are requesting CPL credit to meet the VCCCD GE Area E or CSU GE Area E only, do not complete this form. Instead, submit the official JST or acceptable document to Admission & Records Office to receive credit. Students requesting course credit beyond the HED and PE units will need to complete this form.
Credit for Prior Learning Petition