Below are several ways current Whatcom Community College students can earn WCC credit for prior learning experiences. Students who apply for CLEP, AP, IB, military or transfer credit must submit official transcripts/scores to Whatcom's Registration & Student Records Office. Credit granted is considered transferred-in credit and is posted on the student's academic transcript at the time of graduation.
Enrolled students may earn college credits when they demonstrate by examination or evaluation that their professional experience, substantial prior learning, or industry certification meets specific outcomes of a WCC course. Each department determines the evaluation method required for students to demonstrate mastery of the course challenge. Not all courses are appropriate for course challenge. Contact the Entry and Advising office for information on procedures and fees and to speak to the Prior Learning Coordinator.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credits from nationally standardized CLEP General and Subject exams with a score of 50 or higher may be accepted as electives in the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Liberal Studies non-transfer degrees. A maximum of 15 credits for approved Subject exams with a score of 50 or higher may be applied to the unlisted elective category of the Associate in Arts and Sciences (AAS-DTA) or Associate in Science (AS-T) transfer degrees.
Advanced Placement (AP)
The Advanced Placement program consists of college-level courses and exams for high school students. The college awards credit for higher level AP exams that meet subject and score criteria agreed upon by the college departments that oversee each appropriate discipline. AP Scores & WCC Equivalencies
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate program consists of college-level courses and exams for high school students. The college awards credit for higher level IB examinations that meet subject and score criteria agreed upon by the college departments and oversee each appropriate discipline. IB Scores & WCC Equivalencies
Documented military training will be evaluated by the college upon entrance to a degree, certificate or diploma program.
Transfer-in credits are evaluated by the College upon entrance to a degree, certificate or diploma program.