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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

Are you a candidate for credit for prior learning? Take our short prior learning self-assessment.

Students planning on transferring to another of the community colleges in the Minnesota State 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.

    • 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
    • Exams are $75 per credit
    • 10 credits maximum may be earned
    • Top of Transcript: Credit by Examination
    • ARCC specific exam, may or may not transfer
  • Successful completion of designated courses through the Minnesota Articulated College Credit Program.  Students admitted and registered at Anoka-Ramsey must download and print their Articulated College Credit record in the presence of an Anoka-Ramsey Academic Advisor within the time limit specified on the certificate to be granted course credit. Minnesota Articulated College Credits are treated as transfer credit.

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