Credit for Prior Learning

Students may be eligible for credit for prior learning when previous studies, training, or work experience has provided them with the knowledge and skills required in a course. Each student is responsible for contacting the Academic Advising Center to determine the appropriate procedure for evaluation before registering for classes. Students must be officially enrolled in a curriculum in order to be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Blue Ridge Community College has a time limit for accepting credit for technical courses taken previously at BRCC or other institutions. The Registrar, in consultation with the appropriate faculty, will determine if courses taken more than five years before the student was accepted in the program at BRCC can be used in the student’s current program of study. The student may be encouraged to take credit-by-exam or credit for life experience, if deemed appropriate.

Please refer to the publication, Credit for Prior Learning, available at, for specific credit for prior learning guidelines and procedures.