Credit for Prior Learning: Capitalizing on Your Experience

Incoming students may be eligible for credit for prior learning - educational, work or military experiences; credit from high school courses; and other knowledge and skills - that is equivalent to the WCTC curriculum.

Credit for Prior Learning Can Include:

  • Credit earned from another accredited college or university.
  • High School Transcripted credits, which can be earned in specific high school courses. Learn more about transcripted credits in the column to the right.
  • Achieving satisfactory scores on a nationally recognized exam; Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) and IB (International Baccalaureate). Review the Credit by Exam policy.
  • Successful Completion of Youth Options courses.
  • Successful completion in Youth Apprenticeship programs.
  • Experiential learning credits for knowledge gained through occupations, military services, specialized training or other prior learning comparable in content and level or rigor to specific technical courses or competencies.
    • Those interested in receiving credits for experiential learning will be required to complete an assessment to prove competency in a particular area. The assessment method may be a challenge exam, a demonstration activity and/or a portfolio evaluation. Additional information for Early Childhood Education students.
    • The cost for the assessment is $50 for a 1 to 2 credit course and $100 for a course of 3 or more credits.
    • Those interested in completing an assessment should contact the appropriate instructional department to discuss and schedule an appointment.
    • Payment should be submitted to Registration prior to the assessment, receipt should be submitted to the Associate Dean.
    • After successful completion of the assessment and receiving result notification, the WCTC transcript reflects satisfactory completion as "PL" (Prior Learning) rather than a letter grade.
    • If students register for a course and in the interim pass an assessment for the course, they may request a refund. Fees are refunded according to the WTCS refund policy.

How to Transfer Credits into WCTC

  • Contact each institution you have previously attended and request that official transcripts be sent directly to WCTC Office of Admissions, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072. (Transcripts previously opened by the student will not be accepted. Transcripts must arrive in the original sealed envelope.)
  • If you have not already done so, begin the process of applying for admission to one of WCTC’s programs
  • Allow approximately 1-3 weeks after receipt for review of your transcripts. You will be notified by email after transcripts have been evaluated.
  • A diploma level course may not transfer in or be used as an equivalent for any associate degree level course.
  • A maximum of 75 percent of the major subject area credits and 75 percent of the total credits required for the program may be awarded through credit transfer. Grades received through transfer will not be computed in the grade point average.
  • If you receive transfer credit, you are exempt from taking the approved courses. Courses will be added to your WCTC transcript as a transfer (TR) or prior degree (PD). Approved transfer of credit can be viewed through "My WCTC" under "Admissions, Registration, Student Account Center, Financial Aid and Records" > "Student Records" > "Unofficial Transcript".
  • Intro to College Reading or Intro to College Writing completed at another Wisconsin Technical College will not transfer to WCTC but will meet the associated required prerequisites. The course(s) must be listed on your official transcript with a grade of C or higher.
  • Only courses with a grade of "C" (2.0/4.0 scale) or better will be reviewed for transfer credit. For required science courses for Nursing, grade requirements may be higher.

High School Transcripted Credit

Transcripted credit agreements allow high school students to take WCTC courses at their high school and earn both WCTC and high school credit. Upon completion, students receive high school and college credit and can request a WCTC transcript. Those credits can be used toward a WCTC program and could later be transferred to a four-year college or university.

Transcripted credit offerings vary by high school. Those planning to attend a UW-campus should contact a transfer representative at the intended institution. Additionally, agreements between WCTC and the UW System list specific and general education courses that may be accepted.

Please verify the availability and details of your program of interest with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

WCTC Admissions Fee Waiver

Any student enrolled in a WCTC course offered as a high school transcripted credit course is eligible to request a waiver of the $30 WCTC admissions fee.

Applicants must request waiver at time of application and should write "transcripted credit waiver" on their application. Refunds will not be given to eligible applicants who have already paid the fee.