Peninsula College accepts equivalency credit awarded by approved testing methods which reflect previous training, private study, work completed at other institutions, or other bona fide qualifications and indicate the student has knowledge or abilities equivalent to course completers. Credits in all equivalency situations are transcribed as a Pass (P) and will receive no numeric grade points.
AP (Advanced Placement)
Peninsula College awards advanced standing to entering students based upon levels of performance on the advanced placement examinations administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.
Peninsula College Advanced Placement Guide
For more information, please visit AP Central.
CI (Cambridge International)
Peninsula College will grant a minimum elective credit for each Cambridge International Examination for A-level exam with a passing grade or above for approved examinations. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official Cambridge International Examination results, not transcript notation. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams will not be granted. No grades are posted for A-level exams.
CAPE (Computerized Adaptive Placement Exams)
Acceptance of credit by exam through the Spanish department. This exam is designed for placement into a language course, but students may also petition to receive “pass” credit on their transcript. A transcription fee is required for these credits. For more information, please contact Student Services.
CLEP (College-level Subject Exams)
Acceptance of credit through the College Board for College-level Subject Exams (CLEP). Students must achieve a score in the 50th percentile or higher to receive “pass” credit at Peninsula College. Peninsula College is not a testing site for CLEP and credit must be transferred in. There will not be a transcription fee for these credits. For more information, please visit CLEP's website.
Credit by Exam
Acceptance of credit by exam through the appropriate department at the college. This credit reflects knowledge gained through previous training, private study, work taken at non-accredited institutions, or other bona fide qualifications thus indicating the student has knowledge or abilities equivalent to course completers. A transcription fee is required for these credits. For more information please contact Student Services.
DSST (Subject Standardized Test)
Acceptance of credit through the DSST examination program offered by Educational Testing Services. There are 50 subject-standardized tests covering a wide range of college level academic, business, and technical subjects. Peninsula College is a testing site for DSST. There will be a transcription fee for these credits. For more information, please contact Student Services.
Students who have received prior training, private study, instruction or work completed at other institutions that do not provide for or equate to traditional college credits can complete one of the following options:
• Option A -Credit for Community Based Trainings
Equivalent to specific college course outcomes. Identified certificates and documentation awarded by community or company based training programs, professional institutes or agencies may be evaluated for credit such as Police Academy Certificates or a Child Development Associate (CDA) award. The documentation must substantiate that the training or certificate is equivalent to the identified college level course(s). In some cases students may be required to enroll in HUMDV 100 Portfolio for Prior Learning. For more information, please contact Student Services.
• Option B -Credit by Portfolio for Prior Learning
Students may receive credit for prior learning by developing a Portfolio around course outcomes, competencies or skill standards for one or more identified courses. The Portfolio includes documentation of the individual’s knowledge and skills equivalent to course completers. To petition for the Portfolio credit the student is required to take the HUMDV 100 Portfolio for Prior Learning course for one or two credits. For more information, please contact Student Services.
International Baccalaureate Credit
Peninsula College will grant a minimum elective credit for an International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) exam score of 5 or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official IB results, not transcript notation.
Military Education and Experience
When military courses are directly related to a student’s course of study or program at Peninsula College, it is possible for credit to be awarded for use toward a specific degree or certificate, click here for our military crosswalk. It should be noted, however, that many such courses may not be applicable and, therefore, no credit can be awarded. Official documentation needs to be submitted to the Student Services office.
Certain conditions apply to PRIOR LEARNING
- The student must be registered at PC for the quarter in which prior learning credits are requested.
- Credits awarded are identified as such on the student’s transcript, and are not calculated into the GPA.
- Prior learning credits do not count toward residence requirements.
- The number of prior learning credits awarded cannot exceed 25% of the total number of credits for a degree.
- Transferability of these credits to other colleges will be subject to the policies of the receiving institution.
For more information regarding Prior Learning please contact Pauline Marvin, Enrollment Services Records Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 417-6596.