Credit for Prior Learning

Get Credit for What You've Already Learned and Accomplished

You may receive academic credit for a course when you successfully complete an assessment detailing college-level learning you've gained through experience.

DU will consider learning gained through career and personal experience, in job-related activities and community participation, as well as experience based on training from specialized schools or testing programs.

You may complete an assessment for credit any time during the year. It will be created, monitored, and assessed by faculty evaluators, and credit is assigned based on merit. DU's PLA process adheres to the Ten Standards for Assessing Learning as developed by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL).

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. 


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.

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:  Credit for Prior Learning options are also available for students in Davenport's graduate degree programs.

Prior Learning Assessment Process For Students

Prior Learning Assessment Information for Faculty & Staff