You can earn prior learning assessment credit for any course offered at CCD providing that the course is part of your program of study and you can demonstrate the college-level learning required. You can review the course curriculum descriptions online. Please speak to our Career & Transfer Center to be sure that your PLA course option will transfer to your future school of choice.
Prior learning includes learning acquired from work and life experiences such as:
You can begin by visiting the PLA dashboard online to record the learning you have done. An advisor will contact you to make an appointment after you have completed this form.
Prior Learning (PLA) credit may be awarded if the following criteria have been met:
PLA credit may only be awarded for courses and credits required in your declared degree or certificate.
PLA credit is specifically noted on the transcript as such and is considered transfer coursework (and not Institutional coursework):
You may earn college credit through certain standardized testing. Upon receiving a satisfactory score, you may earn college credit.
CCD awards PLA Credit for:
We offer challenge examinations for these courses. Email the faculty member associated with the courses below to discuss how you can begin the process to take the exam.
Published guides contain credit recommendations made by reputable third-party organizations for certain training and/or credentials. Approved published guides include the American Council on Education (ACE), National Guide to College Credit for Workplace Training, the ACE Military Guide, and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).
Begin by filling out this form online, and then an advisor will contact you to make an appointment.
Knowledge and skills acquired through work and lifelong learning can be documented using a portfolio process. This allows you the flexibility to explain your knowledge and skills and provide a history of how this should translate into college credit.
First, check out our Credit Predictor to determine how many credits you can earn by completing a portfolio.
After meeting with an advisor and deciding portfolio is the right PLA option for you, you can visit Learning Counts to see what exactly is involved in doing a portfolio.
Research shows that students who gain credit through prior learning assessment have a greater chance of completing their program, so we hope you check it out.
Send transcripts to the Office of Registration and Records (ORR) to be evaluated. You can also submit a transcript in a sealed envelope from the issuing entity to ORR at the following location/address:
Confluence Building, Room 114
800 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80204
Campus Box 201
P.O. Box 173363
Denver, CO 80217
Questions? Please contact ORR at 303.556.2420 or CCD.ORR@ccd.edu.
If you have stopped attending college, the Alternative Credit Project (ACP) provides a pool of online courses that Community College of Denver (CCD) will accept towards your degree. Learn more about this option to transfer to CCD with previously earned credit.