Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Students may receive academic credit for prior learning enabling them to begin college work at advanced levels and shorten the time required to obtain degrees, diplomas or certificates. Credit for prior learning may be granted by any of the following methods:

Credit can be granted only for those courses which are listed in the WCCC catalog. The courses must meet the requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled. Credits obtained for prior learning are recorded with a grade of CR and are not used in the computation of grade point average. These credits are not applied to VA benefits, Selective Service deferment, Social Security benefits or scholastic honors. A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded to students for prior learning.

The award of credit for prior learning is subject to the approval of the appropriate faculty member and dean. Students who are interested in obtaining credit for prior learning should contact the Admissions Office for specific details.

Transfer of Credit

Credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges may apply to programs at WCCC as long as the grade is “C” or higher. Students must complete an Application for Admission and a Request for Transfer of Credits to WCCC form, and must have official transcripts sent directly to the WCCC Admissions Office with descriptions of courses to be considered for transfer.

Evaluation and acceptance of credits completed 10 years prior to the transfer request date shall be made at the discretion of the college.

College Credit Fast Track

College Credit Fast Track helps current and prospective students earn college credit at Westmoreland County Community College based on prior work or life experience. Credit may be awarded for the following:

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  • Training programs
  • Military service
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Completing free online courses

WCCC helps you find the right courses to petition for credit and puts you in contact with a WCCC advisor. Your advisor will assist building your e-portfolio and send it to an assessor for review.

For more information on College Credit Fast Track, please contact David Smith, Special Populations Technician, at 724.925.4019 or emailing smithdavi@wccc.edu

By Nc Nd This program is funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration.

CLEP — College Level Examination Program

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is no longer offered at WCCC.

Any student needing to schedule a CLEP exam may contact one of the following CLEP Testing Centers:

  • Penn State University - Fayette Eberly - One University Drive, Uniontown, PA 15401 - 724.430.4124
  • California University of Pennsylvania - 250 University Avenue, PO Box 104, Advising and Placement Center, California, PA 15419-1394 - 724.938.1608
  • Or visit this website

Credit by Examination

Students may demonstrate mastery of WCCC courses and obtain credit by taking examinations except for the following:

  • developmental courses
  • a course previously completed
  • a course which is a prerequisite for a course previously completed
  • a course currently registered for

To apply, students must complete the Petition for Credit by Examination form which is available in the division offices and at the Student Information Center. A $30 fee is charged for each exam. Passing the exam is recorded on the transcript with CR. Failure to pass the exam is not recorded. Credit by exam may be attempted only once per course. 

Advanced Placement Examinations

Credit may be awarded to students who attain a score of three or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination. Students must complete a Request for Transfer of Credits to WCCC Form and must have official Advanced Placement Examination scores sent directly to the WCCC Admissions Office to considered for credit.

Credit for Career & Technology Center Courses

Students may receive credit for approved occupational courses completed at area career and technology centers. Contact the Admissions Office for a list of approved courses.

Credit for Military Training

Credit may be awarded to students who take the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) exam for skills acquired during military service. Also, military courses may be submitted for review on an individual basis. Credit is normally awarded based upon the recommendations of the American Council on Education.