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Credit for Prior Learning

Get Credit for What You've Already Learned and Accomplished

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio (PLA)
If you've gained college-level learning through your career and personal experience - whether in a job-related activity, community participation, or specialized training, just complete a petition outlining your experience and find out if it qualifies for credit for a course. Petitions are assessed by faculty, and credit is assigned based on merit. If you're a current student, you can learn more about PLA by clicking here.

Davenport awards credit when you achieve a passing score on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, Advanced Placement and Credit by Exam programs or approved national certification exams. Some exams are offered on site through the Library .  See  Testing Services  for more information.

Military Experience
Earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through specialized training and experience in military service.  DU meets all Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) criteria, and awards credit when you submit the appropriate military records to the Registrar's Office.

The American Council on Education’s Alternative Credit Project™ (ACP)
This program provides a pool of low-cost online courses that Davenport will accept as transfer credit towards your degree. A national program of the American Council on Education, supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACP is designed to help adults finish what they started—a two-or four-year degree, or a post-secondary certificate. Learn more at DU’s ACE ACP homepage.

Professional Certifications/Licenses
Credit may be granted when you receive certain professional certifications/licenses.  Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

Corporate/Non-Collegiate Training
Based on the recommendation of the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction, credit may be granted for educational programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations (including labor, government, business, associations, private training organizations).  Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

Please note:  CPL options are also available for students in Davenport's graduate degree programs.