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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) offers students several ways to earn college credit for knowledge, skills, and abilities that have been attained before enrolling in college.  Requirements may be fulfilled in two ways:
  • The awarding of college credit towards a degree
  • The waiving of prerequisites without credit

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College recognizes that there are many different ways to receive non-college or experienced based learning that develop different kinds of skills through knowledge and competency assessments of credit for prior learning. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) may be acquired from work and life experiences; community and volunteer extension courses, individual study and reading; civic, community, and volunteer work; and participation in formal courses and in-service training opportunities from involvement in associations, businesses, government, and industry. Credit is not granted simply for experience itself. Credits earned through Credit for Prior Learning are not considered residence credits and may not be issued to fulfill Anoka-Ramsey's 20-credit residence requirement.

Credit for Prior Learning Options:

 Standardized Tests

Course Specific Examinations

  • Exam equivalent to the comprehensive final exam, students initiate the process by making appropriate arrangements with the instructor  

  • Exam may be written, oral, demonstration or a combination of all three

  • Exam is evaluated by designated subject expert or resident discipline faculty

Individualized Educational Development

  • Enrollment in ICBE 1101 Individualized Educational Planning Course
  • Portfolio Review with Competence Demonstration to meet specific course objectives
  • Evaluate by subject matter expert(s) or resident discipline faculty

Published Guides

  • American Council on Education (ACE) for military training & experiences
  • ACE (non-collegiate) for industrial and corporate training programs 
  • Other published guides developed by nationally recognized organizations 

Articulated Credit Program

  • Successful completion of designated courses through the Oak Land Tech Prep Consortium Program

Pre-requisite Course Test Out

  • Test is given in our on-campus testing center
  • Student may not have previously been enrolled in the course

Transferability of CPL Credit(s)

Students planning on transferring to another of the community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system may have their prior learning credits transferred to that community college as long as the credits are applicable to the degree or certificate the student has declared. Check with your transfer institution prior to working on CPL credit options.

USelect is a multi-state online tool for students to use in determining course equivalences, program requirements, and applicability of coursework when transferring between shools. Visit www.mntransfer.org for transfer information, course equivalencies, and program requirements.

Credit for Prior Learning Assessment

This can include a variety of measures to assess a student’s prior knowledge and experiences for college credit. Assessments might include any combination of written exam(s), oral exam(s), standardized tests, demonstration(s), and a portfolio of work documenting competencies.

Available Courses

Click here for available courses.

How to get started with our Credit for Prior Learning Program

1.  Find out if you are a candidate for Credit for Prior Learning by taking a short Prior Learning Self Assessment.

2.  If you are a candidate, contact the CPL coordinator today

3.  Celebrate!  You are on your way to achieving an educational goal.

Please refer to the specific descriptions found on this website or contact the Credit for Prior Learning coordinator for more information about how credit for prior learning will be accepted and applied, the required steps to participate, and what's next to enhance your educational journey.


Jan Pomeroy, Coordinator of Credit for Prior Learning

763-433-1468 (office)

763-433-1521 (fax)