Save time and money with Credit for Prior Learning!

If you are an adult student who has gained college-level learning from significant life and work experiences, you may be eligible to earn college credit for that learning. Review NOVA’s credit for prior learning assessment opportunities below to see if any of these might work for you.

1. Transfer credit – Have you taken a course anywhere else that would meet NOVA’s degree requirements? Have you had your transcripts evaluated by NOVA?

2. Certifications, training, or military experience recognized by the college, ACE (American Council on Education), or NCCRS (National College Credit Recommendation Service) – Are you trained or certified in an area which the college might accept for credit? Some trainings and certifications have been evaluated and granted college credit by NOVA, ACE, and NCCRS. Visit these websites below and the Credit for Prior Learning Manual on the NOVA CPL page to view the eligible credentials.

Evaluated Military Training
NOVA Evaluated – CPL Manual
ACE Evaluated –

Evaluated Workplace Training
ACE Evaluated –
NCCRS Evaluated –

3. Credit by examination – Do you know enough in a certain subject area to sit down and take a multiple-choice CLEP, DSST, or NOVA ABLE exam for a given course? View the eligible exams in the Credit for Prior Learning Manual on the NOVA CPL page.

Visit the CLEP and DSST websites for study guides, practice exams, and overviews of each of the examinations.

4. PLACE – Do you have the kind of experiences that demonstrate college-level learning of a given topic? Do you feel your experience is sufficient to challenge multiple courses with PLACE portfolios?

Questions? Please call 703-425-5835 or email


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