Prior Learning Credit

Save Time, Money, and Earn College Credit for what you know!

Franklin University recognizes that learning happens outside of a college classroom. Franklin awards Prior Learning Credit for certificates, military training, advanced placement, proficiency tests, and other learning experiences that require a test or assessment.

Prior Learning Credit is available primarily at the undergraduate level and focuses on credit for professional training and certifications. Some credit is available at the Master's level but is limited based on residency and degree requirements. Prior learning credit is not available at the Doctoral level. 

Franklin University does not award credit

  • for work experience and cannot grant credit using your resume
  • via Credly transcript (documentation from the originating credit-granting organization is required)

For evaluation, email your certificate, transcript, or professional record to

Testing and Exams

AP, CLEP, DSST and Challenge Exams

Pre-Evaluated Learning

American Council on Education and Institutional Evaluations 

Certificates and Training

Send certficates to

Portfolio Evaluations

Document & Reflect on Experiences to Competence

Get Credit For What You Know

​Do any of these apply to you?​​

  • I completed formal training (in-class or on-line) as part of my employment
  • I have attended professional seminars or conferences
  • I have completed non-credit college courses
  • I have earned certificates or licenses required for professionals in my field
  • I am or was a member of the armed forces
  • I have lived in a foreign country or traveled extensively since high school
  • I have participated extensively in community work or volunteer services
  • I have authored published work (letters to editor, training guides, articles, etc.) ​​

If you answered yes to any of the above please take a moment to search the prior learning credit directory, to see sample credit decisions awarded to actual students. 

Have questions or want more information, complete the form below and someone will be in touch to discuss how we can help you maximize your prior learning credit!

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Search PLC Opportunities

Prior-learning credit (PLC) awards college credit for non-academic experience such as proficiency exams, certificates, training and pre-evaluated learning. Save time and money by using experience and knowledge you've gained outside of the classroom!

Use the tool below search to identify prior learning credit (PLC) opportunities by Franklin course.

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Example: ACCT 215 and 225 are courses required for your Franklin degree program and you would like to identify PLC opportunities for those courses. Enter ACCT in the "course" field. Leave the "agency" field blank if you would like to reveal all PLC options, or add "test" to the "agency" search for proficiency testing options only.