What is CPL?

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

  • Military transcript
  • Credit by exam
  • Portfolio review
  • Industry certification/accreditation or license
  • AP, IB, CLEP

CPL Video Testimonials

Ben King (student and staff perspective)

Bob Sterling (student and staff perspective)

Candace Rose (CPL lead/faculty perspective)

Donny Munshower (counselor perspective)

Eddie Baltazar (student and faculty perspective)

Guadalupe Menera (student perspective)

Juliette Barnes (staff perspective)

Scott Klinger (faculty perspective)

Faculty compilation

Faculty and student compilation

Student compilation

How do I find out more?

You can contact the CPL lead at any college in the region to find out what their college has to offer.

Cuyamaca College: Lena Heckbert
Grossmont College: Karen Hern
Imperial Valley College: Roxanne Morales
MiraCosta College: Delores Loedel
Palomar College: Candace Rose
San Diego Community College District: Shelly Hess
San Diego City College: Nikko DeLao
San Diego College of Continuing Education: Richard Weinroth
San Diego Mesa College: Tonya Whitfield
San Diego Miramar College: Joe Young
Southwestern College: Randy Beach