Credit for Non-Traditional Learning

PVCC awards credit based on previous academic study or acquired through non-traditional means. This may include, but is not limited to college credit and advancement based upon the administration and evaluation of locally-developed examinations, participation in nationally- recognized standardized examination, experiential learning and training provided to non-collegiate institutions such as the armed forces and service schools.  

Credit awarded for prior learning does not meet the "credit hours in residence" requirement for PVCC graduation and credit received through prior learning is not usually transferable to other colleges and universities.

PVCC’s policy for 20.0 Credit for Non-Traditional Learning

Locally Developed Examinations

Students may satisfactorily demonstrate subject-matter competency by means of an examination developed and evaluated by PVCC faculty.  Examinations are based on established course learning outcomes and are comprehensive.  Practical examinations or skills assessments may be required to demonstrate competency.

Nationally Recognized Examinations 

Upon receipt of official test scores, PVCC accepts a score of three (3) and higher for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a score of four (4) or higher for higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of five (5) or higher for standard level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of fifty (50) or higher on CLEP courses, and scores of C or better for Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations when the equivalent course is offered by PVCC. PVCC assumes no responsibility regarding the acceptance of Advanced Standing credit by other institutions to which the student may transfer.

College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge you have acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships by earning qualifying scores on examinations. Required scores and PVCC equivalent courses can be found in CLEP Scores and Course Equivalencies

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations enable high school students to receive college course credit.  AP Scores and Course Equivalencies  are listed here.

International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB)

Students completing the International Baccalaureate examination will be granted advanced standing credit for scores of 5 or above.  International Baccalaureate Exam Scores

University of Cambridge Examinations 

Advanced standing will be granted to students successfully completing the University of Cambridge Advanced examination.  University of Cambridge Exam Scores


Experiential Learning 

Students wishing for credit for experiential learning should consult the Division Dean of the program in which they are enrolled.

Armed Forces and Service Schools

Students should complete a Transcript Evaluation Form so that the Registrar can determine credits transferrable to PVCC.  The Transcript Evaluation Form is available in the Admissions & Advising Center or online under the Admissions Forms page.