Academic Credit for Prior Learning

Get credit for what you already know!

There are several ways to earn full credit for a course at Bellevue College without taking the course.

Important information

  • Bellevue College cannot guarantee this credit will be accepted at other schools you may attend in the future.
  • At least one third of courses used for your degree must be taken here at Bellevue College. Awarded credit is considered transfer credit, and does not count towards your one third.

College Equivalency Exams

Get full credit using your scores from a higher education equivalency exam. Some examples include:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • A-Level Exams

Fees: $25 per request

View equivalency charts for AP, IB and A-Levels

Instructions: get credit for your exams.

Certifications and Licenses

We can use industry recognized certifications and training to verify your knowledge. Some examples include:

  • Joint Services Transcript (JST)
  • Healthcare certifications and licenses
  • Microsoft MOS certifications
  • Occupational crosswalks (Police, Fire, AmeriCorps, etc.)

Instructions: get credit for your certifications.

Work and Life Experience

You can also get credit for work and life experience that is not already verified by certification or standardized test. Some examples of learning include:

  • Work experience or training
  • Self-study
  • Courses from a school that does not have regional accreditation

There are two ways to get credit for work and life experience:

  • Take an exam issued by Bellevue College. Exams are not available for all courses.
  • Create a portfolio of your prior work that shows you understand the course material.

Fees: 40% of tuition per credit, plus a $25 fee per request.

This type of credit is limited to 25% of your degree or certificate.

  1. Identify what course you want to get credit for. It must be a course offered by Bellevue College.
  2. Contact an instructor from that department. For example, if you want credit for CMST& 101, you must meet with an instructor in the Communication Studies department. You can also contact the Program Chair for a referral.
  3. Work with the instructor to decide if an exam or a portfolio is the best option.
  4. The instructor will send your information to Student Central, and the fee will be charged.
  5. Pay the fee. This fee is not refundable if you do not pass the exam or fail to earn credit with your portfolio.
  6. Take the exam, or complete your portfolio.
  7. The instructor will submit your final results. If you passed, the class will be added to your transcript.

Do you have more questions?

You can ask the Evaluations Office online. A Student Central staff member will follow up with you.

For Faculty

  1. Work with the student to determine if a Course Challenge exam or Prior Experiential Learning portfolio is appropriate.
  2. Submit the form, and select the “Initial Request” option.
    • Indicate which courses you will review for credit.
  3. The student will be charged according to the total credit value.
  4. Confirm with the Evaluations office that the student has paid the fees.
  5. Inform the appropriate person within the division in order to receive compensation on completion of the assessment.
  6. Proceed with your portfolio review, or issue the challenge exam.
  7. Submit the form again with the final results.
Submit Prior Learning Request

Last Updated March 19, 2021