Credit for Prior Learning

Get Credit for What You Already Know

Rock Valley College defines Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) as learning obtained outside of the traditional college classroom. All potential students, from high school to returning adult, may benefit from Credit for Prior Learning. Credit for Prior Learning can provide you with the opportunity to receive credit for these past learning experiences, save money on tuition, and accelerate the completion of your educational goals. 

  • RVC residency requirements must be met for all students earning Credit for Prior Learning credit towards a degree.
  • Credit earned through Credit for Prior Learning will not be awarded for the same course more than once.
  • If your academic goals include transferring to another academic institution, it is your responsibility to verify the acceptance policy at that academic institution. Contact the Testing Center or an Academic Advisor for further information.

Contact Us

  • Testing Center
  • (815) 921-2385
  • RVC Main Campus
    Student Center, Ground Floor
  • Walk-In Placement Testing:
    Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    No appointment needed.
  • Call or email for other testing availability. Photo ID is required for all testing.


Please note: Each type of CPL recognized by RVC has its own credit awarding criteria and is subject to change.

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Credit by Exam

Rock Valley College offers several opportunities to earn credit for knowledge obtained outside of the traditional college classroom. For all testing programs, official transcripts must be submitted directly from the specific credit by exam testing program. Credit may be awarded through one of the following Credit by Exam programs:

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Credit for Military Experience

RVC is committed to recognizing the educational and training skills acquired during your military service. To learn more about the process and the policy for awarding college credit for military education and duties, please contact the RVC Veterans Affairs Office.

In recognition of basic training, all military personnel without a dishonorable discharge will receive four Fitness, Wellness, and Sport (FWS) elective credits.

Specific technical training can be evaluated for course credit equivalency on an individual basis.

Submit your military transcripts to the RVC Records and Registration Office or mail them to: Attn: Records & Registration Office, Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61114-5699. To obtain your military transcripts:

  • Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and US Army Reserve – transcripts are provided by the Joint Services Transcript (JST).
  • Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve – all current and former active duty, guard, and reserve Air Force members can order a transcript free of charge through the CCAF online system.
  • Coast Guard – official documentation of military learning experiences should be sent to your home college.
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Credit for Work Experience

Rock Valley College respects learning that has taken place within various work settings. College credit may be granted within specific industries.

Fire Science: College course credit may be granted for the successful completion of Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) approved course programs (Illinois or Wisconsin), Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Academy (NFA), Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), Department of Defense, Emergency Medical Technician (National Registry), and Illinois Department of Public Health courses/certificates (Policy 209).

Criminal Justice: Credit for successful completion of Law Enforcement Academy Training and Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards (Board Certified Training) may be granted.