You can earn credit for the skills and knowledge that you already have through a variety of test-out options that NTC offers.

Whether your prior learning occurred on the job, in your personal life or through military experience, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test. It’s possible to earn up to 75% of the credit needed to complete an associate degree, technical diploma, or certificate. However, a minimum of 25% of program degree credits must be directly earned through graded coursework at NTC for graduation.

Benefits of Credit for Prior Learning

Applying for credit for prior learning instead of taking a class is beneficial because it will allow you to:

Save Money

Earn credits at a fraction of the cost of standard tuition.

Save Time

Earn your degree faster by demonstrating prior learning and eliminating the need to enroll in and complete every course in your program.

Keep Coursework Relevant

Advance your learning by enhancing the skills that you have acquired and knowledge that you have gained, rather than reviewing the things you already know.

Types of Credit for Prior Learning

There are several ways to obtain credit for prior learning:

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be earned when you transfer from another institution to NTC.

Military Service Credit

Military service credit can be earned based on learning obtained through courses you completed and military occupations held during your service.

National Exams Credit

We can award you credit based on your scores for nationally-recognized exams.

Work/Life Experience Credit

You can earn credit by demonstrating your ability to meet the competencies of courses that you haven’t attempted in the past.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Kaya Saia at 715.803.1796 or