Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Peninsula College accepts equivalency credit awarded by approved testing methods which reflect previous training, private study, work completed at other institutions, or other bona fide qualifications and indicate the student has knowledge or abilities equivalent to course completers. No more than 25% of required credits for a degree or certificate may be satisfied by Prior Learning equivalency credits.  Credits in all equivalency situations are transcripted as a Pass (P) and will receive no numeric grade points.

AP (Advanced Placement)
Peninsula College awards advanced standing to entering students based upon levels of performance on the advanced placement examinations administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.
Peninsula College Advanced Placement Guide


For more information, please visit AP Central.

CAPE (Computerized Adaptive Placement Exams)
Acceptance of credit by exam through the Spanish department.  This exam is designed for placement into a language course, but students may also petition to receive “pass” credit on their transcript.  A transcripting fee is required for these credits. CAPE Instructions/Form

CLEP (College-level Subject Exams)
Acceptance of credit through the College Board for College-level Subject Exams (CLEP).  Students must achieve a score in the 50th percentile or higher to receive “pass” credit at Peninsula College.  Peninsula College is not a testing site for CLEP and credit must be transferred in.  There will not be a transcripting fee for these credits. For more information, please visit CLEP's website
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Credit by Exam
Acceptance of credit by exam through the appropriate department at the college.  This credit reflects knowledge gained through previous training, private study, work taken at non-accredited institutions, or other bona fide qualifications thus indicating the student has knowledge or abilities equivalent to course completers.  A transcripting fee is required for these credits. Challenge Exam Requirements/Form

DSST (Subject Standardized Test)
Acceptance of credit through the DSST examination program offered by Educational Testing Services.  There are 50 subject-standardized tests covering a wide range of college level academic, business, and technical subjects.  Peninsula College is a testing site for DSST.  There will be a transcripting fee for these credits. DSST Instructions/Form

Equivalency Credit
Students who have received prior training, private study, instruction or work completed at other institutions that do not provide for or equate to traditional college credits can complete one of the following options:

Equivalency Instructions

• Option A -Credit for Community Based Trainings 
equivalent to specific college course outcomes.   Identified certificates and documentation awarded by community or company based training programs, professional institutes or agencies may be evaluated for credit such as Police Academy Certificates or a Child Development Associate (CDA) award.    The documentation must substantiate that the training or certificate is equivalent to the identified college level course(s).  In some cases students may be required to enroll in HUMDV 100 Portfolio for Prior Learning. Option A Requirements/Form

• Option B -Credit by Portfolio for Prior Learning
Students may receive credit for prior learning by developing a Portfolio around course outcomes, competencies or skill standards for one or more identified courses.    The Portfolio includes documentation of the individual’s knowledge and skills equivalent to course completers.  To petition for the Portfolio credit the student is required to take the HUMDV 100 Portfolio for Prior Learning course for one or two credits.
Option B Requirements/Form


Military Education and Experience
When military courses are directly related to a student’s course of study or program at Peninsula College, it is possible for credit to be awarded for use toward a specific degree or certificate.  It should be noted, however, that many such courses may not be applicable and, therefore, no credit can be awarded.  Official documentation needs to be submitted to the Student Services office and an official transcript evaluation needs to be requested.

For more information regarding Prior Learning please contact Pauline Marvin, Credentials Evaluator, pmarvin@pencol.edu, (360) 417-6596.