3110 Award of Non-Traditional Credit

Original Date: 4/14/2009 * Last Revision Effective: 4/6/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Instruction


The college awards non-traditional credit for prior experiential learning. Credit may be awarded for work completed in private study, at non-accredited institutions, or for certificates/trainings. Credit is awarded through examination, evaluation of certification/training, or submission of portfolio or other form of assessment. Certain conditions apply:

  • The student must be registered at the college for the quarter in which non-traditional credits are requested.
  • The student must have completed ten (10) quarter credit hours at the college.
  • Credits awarded are identified as such on the student’s transcript, and are not calculated into the GPA.
  • Non-traditional credits do not count toward residence requirements.
  • The number of non-traditional credits awarded cannot exceed 25% of the total number of credits for a degree or a certificate.

Transferability of these credits will be subject to the policies of the receiving institution.


  • The organizational unit administrator has responsibility for enforcing procedures that accompany the policy.


Experiential Learning

  • Knowledge-building or skills attainment that occurs prior to enrollment or outside of enrollment at a post-secondary institution. (Zucker, B., Johnson, C., & Flint, T. (1999). Prior Learning Assessment: A Guidebook to American Institutional Practices. Chicago, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning).

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 4/14/2009
Revisions 3/10/2010 (Replaces 3110 Award of Credit for Prior Learning); 9/11/2012; 4/6/2015

Approved By

President’s Cabinet
Board of Trustees