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Credit for Prior Learning at Palomar

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What is Credit for Prior Learning?

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is college credit awarded for validated college-level skills and knowledge gained outside of a college classroom. Students’ knowledge and skills might be gained through experiences such as:

  • Military training
  • Industry training
  • State/federal government training
  • Apprenticeships, internships, work-based learning, or other industry-based experiential learning
  • Validated volunteer and civic activities (e.g. Peace Corps)

This CPL definition does not include knowledge and skills already assessed and awarded credit through formal education at regionally accredited in-state and out-of-state institutions.

How can CPL help me?

CPL can help you save time and money on your educational path. Students can now get credit for a course instead of just waiving a prerequisite.

Who qualifies for CPL?

Students who hold industry credentials and certifications are graduates of service academies were trained for military occupations, or have work experience that can be demonstrated through an exam or portfolio review may qualify for credit for prior learning.

How do I demonstrate that I have prior learning?

Each CPL eligible course will have different methods of assessment. These methods include:

  • Military Transcript
  • Industry Certification
  • Credit by Exam
  • Portfolio Review
  • Industry Accreditation or License
  • AP, IB, CLEP

What courses at Palomar College are currently eligible for Credit for Prior Learning?

Check out our CPL Course List in the left menu.

Does CPL cost anything?

There is no cost for CPL, except for the Credit by Exam assessment method. Credit earned through the other assessments methods listed above are free to the student.

The Credit by Exam (CBE) cost is current tuition rates per unit for in-state, out-of-state, or international students depending on your student status.

NOTE: This CBE cost is not covered by the Palomar Promise. Units acquired by examination might not be applicable to meeting such unit load requirements as Selective Service deferment, Veteran’s Benefits, or Social Security Benefits.

For more information contact Tina Barlolong in Counseling at cbarlolong@palomar.edu or at (760) 744-1150 x 3415 to set up a “CPL counseling appointment.”

What if I have experience in a discipline or industry that is not listed above that I think might qualify as CPL?

Contact Tina Barlolong in Counseling at cbarlolong@palomar.edu or at (760) 744-1150 x 3415 to set up a “CPL counseling appointment.”

What is my next step to find out more about CPL and see if I qualify?

For students interested in CPL, contact Tina Barlolong in Counseling at cbarlolong@palomar.edu or at (760) 744-1150 x 3415 to set up a “CPL counseling appointment.”

For faculty and staff interested in learning more about CPL and potential opportunities for students within your disciplines, contact Candace Rose, Interim CPL Coordinator, at cpl@palomar.edu