Turn your prior experiences in the field, at home, and in service to our country, into College credit at 4Cs.
We offer extensive "Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)" that evaluates your previous experience, then determines if it translates to College credit. CPL can fast track adult learners such as:
Students can benefit from CPL by:
With credit for prior learning, you can spend less time in the classroom and more time achieving your career goals.
Begin by creating your CPL (credit for prior learning) profile.
Once your profile is complete, you will be connected with a 4Cs CPL specialist. Learn how you can earn college credit for knowledge you’ve gained through your unique work and life experiences.
Below are individual policies for multiple types of Prior Learning that can be evaluated at 4Cs.
The Office of the Registrar evaluates and processes transfer credits based on earned credit from various institutions and organizations. The information below provides a general outline of the evaluation process for each Credit for Prior Learning option.
Students are eligible to enroll in specific approved programs in their high schools to earn college credit through articulated agreements via Consortium member schools. Articulated CVTE credits are posted on students’ Cape Cod Community College transcripts once all the requirements have been met. Information about the CVTE program can be found on the CCCC CVTE webpage.
Students who score a three (3) or better on selected College Board Advancement Placement examinations may be granted college credit. An official score report must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Students may be awarded college credits for successfully passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam in a specific subject area. An official score report must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Course Exam Challenges provide students an opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating proficiency in the content of a course through a departmental exam. Students may request a Course Challenge when there is no CLEP examination available. Developmental courses and Independent Study cannot be challenged.
Academic departments determine courses that are eligible for challenge and the competencies necessary for the student to demonstrate for awarding credits. Course exam challenge credits earned do not apply to residency requirements. The process is online. Credit is awarded upon the successful completion of the exam and is processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Course Portfolio Challenges provide students an opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating proficiency in the content of a course through a written report (portfolio) and supporting documentation. Students may request a Course Portfolio Challenge when there are no other Credit for Prior Learning available. Developmental courses and Independent Study cannot be challenged.
Academic departments determine courses that are eligible for Course Portfolio Challenge and the competencies necessary for the student to demonstrate for awarding credits. Course Portfolio Challenge credits earned do not apply to residency requirements. Students must complete an initial intake on the My Experience Counts – Massachusetts Community Colleges website. Credit is awarded upon the successful completion of the portfolio and is processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Students must contact the Office of the Registrar to verify if a credential or professional license is acceptable as a course equivalency for transfer credit. The credential or professional licenses must be directly related to a course within the student's degree or certificate. A copy of the credential or license is required for documentation.
Students may transfer credits from any regionally accredited institution of higher education with a grade of C- or better (except where indicated in certain course prerequisites) to be applied towards a degree or certificate program. In order to process transfer credits from an educational institute an official transcript must be sent to the Admissions Office for evaluation. Once an official transcript is received, an official credit evaluation will be done by the Office of the Registrar.
Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate course work and have received the International Baccalaureate diploma are eligible to receive up to 30 semester hours of transfer credit. The student must submit an official copy of their transcript to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.
Students who have passed the individual International Baccalaureate Higher Level (HL) Exams with a score of 4 or better may receive transfer credits for specific equivalent CCCC courses. Standard level (SL) examinations will not be awarded any transfer credits. An official examination report must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Students who have earned the State’s Seal of Biliteracy (or Seal of Biliteracy with distinction) on their high school transcript may receive 8 to 12 credits of foreign language (Spanish, French or German) or humanities and fine art elective credits. Students will be waived the English placement exam and will qualify to take ENL 101.
Note: ASL and “Classic” languages will not qualify for credit. Furthermore, duplicated transfer credit from IB, AP and other exams for the same language will not be awarded.