Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning 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 Board; other examinations; formal articulation agreements; professional certification; and training provided by non-collegiate institutions, such as armed forces and service schools.
Ways to Receive Credit
Credit for prior learning can be received in several ways at Forsyth Technical Community. Credits are awarded by one of the following methods:
Credit will be granted for a score of 3 or higher on examinations that are applicable to program requirements. To receive AP credit, students must provide the Admissions and Records Office with official score reports from the College Board
Credit will be awarded for the higher-level examinations if a score of 5 or higher is achieved. To receive credit for higher level exams, students must have the IB Organization send scores directly to the Admissions Office
Only subject examinations (not general examinations) will be considered for possible credit. Students must score at the 50th percentile or higher to receive credit. To receive credit for a CLEP subject exam, students must provide the Admissions Office with official score reports from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).
Credit will be awarded for acceptable scores on DANTES college-level examinations as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). To receive credit for a DANTES/DSST examination, students are required to provide the Admissions Office with official score reports.
Students who have been admitted to a specific program or are already enrolled in a program of study may request to take a proficiency exam for a course that has a proficiency exam available. Students must receive permission from the appropriate department chair to earn credit for the course by proficiency examination and must pay the testing fee before taking the exam. The form requesting a proficiency examination is available in the dean’s office for the academic division that oversees the course.
Current credentials, certifications, and licensures that are applicable to a student’s program of study prove they have achieved the courses student learning outcomes. Students will need to provide proof that the credential(s) is up-to-date.
State/Local High School Articulation
The Articulated Credit Agreement form is completed by the high school Career and Technical Education office and mailed to the student by the school system with a cover letter stating the courses that are being articulated and instructions on taking the form to the college’s Admissions and Records Office. The student must then submit the form to the college Admissions and Records Office. To have the course credits granted by Forsyth Tech, students must place into college level work. The official high school transcript and all official standardized CTE post-assessments are required to verify that the criteria to award credit for articulated course are met. Where indicated, students must submit supporting documentation to the community college.
The following criteria are used to award college credit for identified high school courses:
- Final grade of B or higher in the course, and
- Score of 93 or higher on the standardized CTE post-assessment to receive articulated credit,
- Students must enroll at the community college within two years of their high school graduation date.
Continuing education courses are taught here at Forsyth Tech and students can earn credit towards their program of study. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better and/or show proof earned digital badges.
To receive credit based upon competencies gained through military training, the student must submit an official copy of one or more of the following to the Admissions Office:
- Joint Services Transcript (JST)
- ARMY AARTS transcript
- Navy/Marine Corps SMART transcript
- Community College of the Air Force transcript
- DD295 or 214
- Other official documentation recommended by ACE
- Recruit Training Course A-950-0001, NV-2202-0165 V03 = Forsyth Tech PED-152