Your previous training and experience may help you get your degree or certificate faster at LRCC!

This training and experience may be composed of industry certifications, work experience, employer training programs, independent study, non-credit courses, volunteer or community service, or non-college courses or seminars.

A student must be enrolled at LRCC to be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning.

Once you are enrolled as a matriculated student in one of LRCC’s academic programs, you can meet with one of our team members to learn more about how to apply for credit for prior learning.

Credit for Prior Learning may be assessed in several ways:

  1. Transfer Credit
  2. American Council on Education (ACE)
  3. Advanced Placement (AP)
  4. Credit by Exam (CBE)
  5. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  6. Industry Recognized Credential (IRC)
  7. Portfolio

Transfer Credit

Credits for college courses taken at another accredited institution or CCSNH campus with a grade of “C” or higher. Courses successfully completed prior to admission will be considered for transfer.

American Council on Education (ACE)

Credit may be granted to students with military training, experience, or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) based on the program the student is entering.

Advanced Placement (AP)

LRCC recognizes the College Board Advanced Placement Examination Program as a means of evaluating student eligibility for advanced placement. Matriculated students who have participated in the AP Program and who have been admitted to LRCC should have official AP grade reports forwarded directly to the LRCC Admissions Office. Upon receipt of students’ AP reports, the advising center will access the grade and evaluate for transfer credit. The minimum score to receive credit varies from 3 to 5. No credit is awarded on any AP exam score of less than 3.

Credit by Exam (CBE)

Students may challenge a course by requesting and completing an examination or evaluation that covers the instructional material of the course. If successful, the appropriate credits earned are applied to the students’ programs but may not be transferrable to another college. Not all programs provide the CBE option.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A nationally standardized exam known as CLEP (College Level Examination Program). Passing scores for CLEP are 50 and above unless specified otherwise. Successful completion of a CLEP exam is treated as a transfer credit.

Industry Recognized Credential (IRC)

Industry Recognized Credential is an umbrella term used to describe apprenticeships, badges, micro-credentials, certificates, certifications, degrees, diplomas and licenses.


Credit for prior learning offers students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained through life experiences and apply this knowledge toward credit in some degree/certificate programs. To prepare for this option, students will develop a portfolio to be assessed by appropriate college personnel.

A student must be matriculated at LRCC and exhausted all previous levels of CPL to be eligible to apply for experiential learning assessment credit.


Contact our Admissions team today at (603) 366-5210.


Contact our Admissions team today at (603) 366-5210.