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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit is generally acceptable for transfer if it is earned from a college or university that is accredited by the Commission on Colleges or the Commission on Higher Education of one of the nine regional accrediting agencies in the United States and is comparable to coursework required in the student’s NOVA curriculum.

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. Students could be granted credit for courses or programs offered by employers, professional organizations, and other agencies if those courses or programs have been evaluated by the NOVA faculty and the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service or by the National College Credit Recommendation Services (NCCRS).

National exam offers an opportunity for students to earn college credit based on their performance on certain exams that cover introductory level college course material.  Generally, exams are computer-based and contain multiple choice questions about the subject area. Exams take 90-120 minutes to complete. Students are given their score immediately. NOVA students who achieved an appropriate score on certain CLEP exams are eligible to earn college credit.

The design of NOVA’s Prior Learning Activity for Credit Evaluation (P.L.A.CE.)  is dedicated to providing college credit to a student who has acquired significant knowledge outside of a traditional classroom setting.  Sources of prior learning activity can vary between workplace training, skills learned on the job, volunteer and/or civic duties completed or other major life experiences.

Contact CPL Team pla@nvcc.edu for more information.