College Credit Through Advanced Standing

Credit for prior learning (CPL) or prior learning assessment (PLA) allows students to earn curriculum credit for their previous academic experiences and career training.


Forsyth Technical Community College recognizes its responsibility to provide advanced placement status to those students with valid and credible learning experiences beyond the campus classroom. The basic premise of the advanced standing process is that program-placed students shall be given the opportunity to earn appropriate college credit when their previous studies or training have already provided the knowledge, competencies and skills associated with a course. The College’s commitment to this philosophy of advanced standing is coupled with its mandate to ensure standards of academic quality comparable to traditional instruction.


Advanced standing is the award of academic credit for subject matter competency that has been gained by previous academic study or training. This may include, but is not limited to, college credit based upon individual participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Entrance Examination Board; other placement examinations; formal articulation agreements; transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning; professional certification; training provided by non-collegiate institutions, such as armed forces and service schools.


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For more detailed information about the current programs offered at Forsyth Tech that allow you to earn a degree, diploma or certificate please visit the Degree, Diploma & Certificate Programs page or click the link below.