Awarding Credit for Prior Learning

About Credit for Prior Learning

​​​​​​​​For more than 60 years, the American Council on Education (ACE) has been a nationally recognized leader in the evaluation of workforce and military training, providing standards, practices, and tools that higher education institutions can rely on. Many nontraditional students can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies. Such learning—gained from experiences outside postsecondary education—often merits academic credit. Credit for prior learning (CPL) provides a range of options, from recognition of military and workforce training to national examinations and portfolio development. With more options comes the increased ability for greater numbers of learners to complete credentials.

Institutional Best Practices

​Building a CPL program will benefit your students and your institution. Learn more about best practices for recognizing your students’ prior learning. 

Supporting Military Learners

​Granting credit for prior learning is only part of supporting the success of military students. Learn more about how to provide a supportive environment for military learners.

Expanding Access to CPL

ACE's Learning Evaluations is creating new tools and initiatives to make it easier for learners to apply credit for prior learning. Learn more about our new and forthcoming initiatives that support flexible pathways and connect learners, employers, and higher education institutions.


 The Military Guide

Explore military training and occupations carrying ACE recommendations.

The Military Guide

 The ACE National Guide

Discover corporate training, certifications, exams, and alternative educational programs with ACE credit recommendations and validated competencies.

The ACE​ National Guide