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​​Credit for Prior Learning at Norco College


Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is college credit awarded for validated college-level skills and knowledge gained outside of a college classroom. Credit for prior learning may be earned for eligible courses approved by the faculty for students who satisfactorily pass an authorized assessment. 

​Authorized assessments may include the evaluation of approved external standardized examinations, military service/training, the evaluation of industry recognized credentials, student-created portfolios, and credit by examination. 

Students should meet with a Counselor for specific information regarding CPL and the petition process. Details may be found in administrative procedure 2235​.​ 


​Frequently Asked Questions

What is Credit for Prior Learning or CPL?

Credit for Prior Learning or CPL is credit awarded for skills and knowledge gained outside of a traditional classroom. Many of our students come to us with years of life, work, and military training and experience. You can save time and money as you pursue your degree by earning credit for prior learning.

How do I get started? 

To begin the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) process, you should first review the CPL website to learn as much as possible about the different CPL methods and which might apply to you. Please contact evaluations@norcocollege.edu to initiate the CPL review process.

How do I demonstrate that I have prior learning?

​Each CPL eligible course will have different methods of assessment. These methods include:

    • Military Transcript
    • Credit by Exam
    • Portfolio Review
    • Industry Certification/Accreditation or License
    • AP, IB, CLEP
    • Work-Based Learning

How much credit am I allowed to earn through CPL?

A maximum of 30 units may be granted in total from one or more of the following: CLEP, military training, AP, IB, or Credit for Extra Institutional Learning, which may include student-created portfolios, industry credentials and experience, to be determined by faculty in the district-wide discipline.

What courses in the Riverside Community College District are currently eligible for Credit for Prior Learning?

Check out our CPL Course List!

If you have prior learning experience that you feel would qualify for CPL, but you don't see the discipline or course in our list, please email evaluations@norcocollege.edu

We are still building our CPL database and will reach out to our faculty on your behalf to see if CPL is a good fit!


Who do I contact for more information? 

Please contact Evaluations if you have questions regarding CPL for your student.  

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Janelle Brekke 

Senior Academic Evaluations Specialist 
(951) 738 -7766  

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Ana Manaog 

Academic Evaluations Specialist 
(951) 738-7709  

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Jeanne Darnell-Wallace 

Academic Evaluations Specialist 
(951) 738-7710