Earn Credits for Prior Learning

Save time and money. Earn college credit for what you already know.

Each of Maine’s community colleges allows students to earn college credit for knowledge gained on the job, in the military, or through other life experiences. Once awarded, these college credits are transferrable to any of the state’s seven community colleges.

Students who seek credit for prior learning must be formally admitted into a program of study at a Maine community college, and they must complete a minimum number of credits at the college in order to be awarded a degree.

Credit for prior learning can be awarded for many different kinds of learning, including:

  • Course work successfully completed at another college or university (transfer credits);
  • Work-related training, certification or licensing exams, corporate training programs, or registered apprenticeships;
  • National exams, online courses, personal studies, and/or current knowledge of course material;
  • Military experience, courses, and training certificates; and
  • Early college courses or advanced placement exams earned while in high school.


How to obtain college credit for prior learning

Staff at each of the colleges are prepared to work with you to assess your prior learning and determine what credits may be available to you. These prior learning assessments may include testing, credential reviews, or a portfolio review. Want to learn more? The following staff are prepared to help you.


Contact info:

Central Maine Community College
Anne St. Pierre, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Eastern Maine Community College
Stacy Green, Director of Admissions

Kennebec Valley Community College
Kathy Englehart, Academic Dean

Northern Maine Community College
Dottie Martin, Academic Dean

Southern Maine Community College
Paul Charpentier, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Washington County Community College
Darin McGaw, Dean of Academic Affairs

York County Community College
Doreen Rogan, Associate Academic Dean