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Credit for Prior Learning- Online College Students

CPL options for students in the CNM Online College and information for Employers of Students in the CNM Online College

At Central New Mexico Community College we recognize that students are a diverse group with different experiences. Many of our students have gained knowledge outside of the traditional classroom that may be equivalent to college credit. Our Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) process is a student-driven pathway that allows the student to pursue their desired educational credential without duplication of courses or loss of potential credit.

The first step online college students should take is to determine if there is already a CPL option for the course(s) in their program. To see the options, students should visit the Credit for Prior Learning websites from below or in the navigation pane to the left-hand side of this screen.

Ways to Earn CPL

Student

Employer

Pass It

1. See the CPL Credit for Standardized Exams website for standardized exams that are routinely accepted for credit at CNM.

2. Register to take a standardized exam (price varies) at a testing facility near you or take it at CNM if you are in the area.

3. Take and pass the exam.

4. Submit documentation of passing the exam to CNM Enrollment Services.

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Provide It

Visit CNM CPL Webpage to browse the programs or courses for which you may receive credit from industry certifications or licensures, employer  training, military training.

2. Download/complete the CPL form(s).

3. Pay the $25 fee through the online CNM CPL Store.

4. Submit a copy of your receipt, a copy of your Government Issued ID, the completed/signed CPL form, and any of the following documentation as stated on the relevant CPL form to Enrollment Services:

· Military training transcripts,

· Copy of current, valid industry certifications or licenses,

· Documentation of completed/passed employer training(s)

Employers with A.C.E. (American Council on Education) evaluated training materials should contact the CNM CPL Program for course equivalency options. The relevant CNM school(s) will be contacted to review and determine course equivalency/approval. Before CNM can post the employer training as a CPL opportunity online, the CPL Program must receive a copy of the employer’s certificate of completion or training transcripts that can be used for student documentation verification (The estimated time to make the online option available to students is 6 - 8 weeks.)

Employers without A.C.E. evaluated training should contact the CNM CPL Program to submit training materials and an example copy of the employer’s certificate of completion or training transcript. Training materials and an example copy of the employer’s certificate of completion or training transcripts must be submitted to the CPL Coordinator prior to CNM school evaluation for course credit. (The estimated time to make the online option available to students is 6 - 8 weeks.)

Prove it

Visit the Credit by Portfolio Assessment website and use the drop-down boxes to see there is a course within your declared program available for portfolio assessment and aligns with your learning experiences.

1. If there is a course option that aligns with your program and background, download, save, and complete the "School Advisor Intake Form" that is linked.

2. Click on "submission request" to upload the Intake Form and submit your request.

3. Students will be notified if their request has been approved within 10 business days.

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