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

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