How do I Earn Credit for Prior Learning | BCTC

How do I Earn Credit for Prior Learning

What Is Credit for Prior Learning?
Credit for prior learning is a term used to describe knowledge gained outside of a traditional academic environment. Potential areas for credit for prior learning can include:

  • Work experience
  • Participation in employer training programs
  • Military service
  • Independent study
  • Volunteer work or community service
  • Study of open source courseware

By demonstrating the knowledge gained through these experiences, via various prior learning assessments, you may be able to earn college credit. Credit for prior learning is the same credit that would be awarded if you learned through a traditional class.

How Can I Use Credit for Prior Learning?
Credit for prior learning applies toward majors, minors, concentrations, general education requirements, and electives that count toward the degree or certificate you are seeking.  It can also satisfy prerequisite requirements.

What Are the Requirements for Using Credit for Prior Learning?
Credit for prior learning can only be awarded to students who have been admitted to Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

We also recommend that students interested in credit for prior learning meet with their academic advisors to ensure the credit they are interested in will meet requirements for their academic programs. Changing majors may result in the reassessment of the credit and how it can be used toward the new program's educational requirements.

How Much Prior Learning Credit Can I Use?
Bluegrass Community and Technical College will honor a maximum of 30 credit hours of prior learning credit for an associate's degree; however, whether you are seeking a certificate, diploma, or degree, at least 25% of the credit hours required for a credential must be completed at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  This means that the amount of prior learning credit you can apply to your credential may be less than the full 30 credit hours.

What are the Options for Earning Credit?