Am I a Good CPL Candidate?

Credit for Prior Learning is for adult learners who have gained significant knowledge, skills and abilities outside the traditional classroom that may be equivalent to college-level coursework. Credentialed faculty in each discipline will establish the course criteria and assess fulfillment to determine credit awarded. Open the below self-assessment checklist to help determine if Credit for Prior Learning is a good option.

Self-assessment checklist
  • I am a fully admitted student to Utah Valley University. If you're not, start the process by applying today.
  • Have I had at least 3 years of experience in the field/subject area?
  • Have I managed other people at work or a volunteer organization?
  • Can I demonstrate that I possess current knowledge from my past experience?
  • Do I have extensive volunteer or community involvement that utilizes my professional skills?
  • Have I learned progressively more advanced or complex processes in my job, travel, or volunteer work?
  • Can I differentiate what I have learned from the experience and align it with the course learning outcomes?
  • Do I understand both the practical and theoretical applications of the course?
  • Do I have documentation to support my learning such as: licensure, certification, presentations, software code, work examples, etc.?
  • Is there room for the course(s) in my program of study?
  • Have I completed non-credit college courses?
  • Am I or was I a member of the armed forces?
  • Have I lived in a foreign country and/or traveled extensively?

If you answered yes to most of the questions in the self-assessment checklist, CPL may be a good option.

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UVST 1100

UVU offers a 3 credit course, UVST 1100 Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. Identifies student’s individual work related to specific skills, theoretical background, and content to prepare a portfolio for prior learning credit evaluation. Graded Credit/No Credit. The UVST 1100 course will help students accomplish the following:

  • Assist students in identifying prior learning activities related to specific skills or experiences.
  • Help the student develop their portfolio based on criteria set by the program department. 

Please use the "Self-assessment checklist" above to help determine if this course would be beneficial to you.


Fill out the questionnaire below to begin the CPL Process. The information from the questionnaire will help a team be able to guide you through your CPL experience. Once your responses are reviewed, our team will reach out to you with additional information. 

Start Your Credit for Prior Learning Process