Credit for Prior Learning

In some instances learning acquired through significant college level experience in employment, self-study, training, volunteering and travel can be evaluated for credit.

Credit by Examination or Evaluation - Demonstrate competence through examinations or special evaluation portfolios.

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.

In addition, the following methods are available for obtaining college credit for learning that has taken place elsewhere:

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 [PDF Format]

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 [PDF Format]

Military Credit - Documented military training will be evaluated by the college upon entrance to a degree, certificate or diploma program.

Transfer Credit - Transfer-in credits are evaluated by the College upon entrance to a degree, certificate or diploma program.


Students who apply for AP, IB, CLEP, Military or Transfer credit must submit official transcripts/scores to the WCC Records Office. Credit granted is considered transferred-in credit and is posted on the student's academic transcript at the time of graduation.

Contact the Entry & Advising Center, located in the Laidlaw Center, Room 116, or call (360) 383-3080 for assistance.







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