Credit for Prior Learning

Get a head start on your education by earning credits for what you already know.

What does Credit for Prior Learning mean and how does it work?

Prior Learning is a term educators use to describe learning that has been acquired through one of these means:

  • Job training
  • Non-credit courses
  • Standardized exams (e.g., CLEP, AP, IB, DANTES)

This learning can be evaluated for college credit through certificates and licenses, departmental credit by evaluation, or through taking national standardized tests. What that means for you is that you can get a head start on your education at Rio Salado College! Talk to your Success Coach to find out how you can apply your prior training and learning towards your education goals.

What methods of testing are available?

You may qualify for Credit for Prior Learning by taking subject matter exams or by having your work experience evaluated by the appropriate department at the college.

Credit by Exam

Credit by Evaluation

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Does Credit for Prior Learning Transfer?

Credits for Prior Learning are transferable within the Maricopa Community Colleges system. They are not necessarily transferable to other colleges and universities. Talk to a Success Coach at Rio to help you find out whether these credits can be applied to the university you plan on attending after you complete your Rio experience.