Credit for Prior Learning

Save time and money by earning credit for what you already know. 

John Jay College recognizes that college-level learning takes place in many different settings, not just in the classroom.

Many adult students come to John Jay with the knowledge they have acquired through work experience, military service, training programs, volunteer service, cultural and artistic pursuits, hobbies, community work, religious activities, and many other sources. If this applies to you, then read on to find out how to begin the process.

There are several ways for you to get credit for prior learning. The method(s) you choose will depend on the subject area and how you acquired the knowledge. Click through to find out more about each method.  

Prior Learning Seminar  

This is the most flexible CPL option, allowing students to pursue credit for prior learning no matter what the source. In the course, students develop portfolios that are evaluated by faculty or subject-matter experts who make recommendations about awarding credit.

The Prior Learning Seminar, UGR 250, is a 3-credit course for which regular tuition charges apply.  There is no charge for any additional credits awarded for the portfolio.

Credit by Exam

John Jay awards credit for passing scores on a variety of standardized exams, such as CLEP exams. Click through for a list of exams currently accepted and links to more information.

Pre-evaluated Programs

Pre-evaluated programs are training programs sponsored by the military, police and fire academies, and other employers for which the number and type of credits to be awarded have already been determined. Contact the prior learning coordinator at to find out if your program has been evaluated.

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