Below are several ways current Whatcom Community College students can earn WCC credit for prior learning experiences. Students who apply for CLEP, AP, IB, military or transfer credit must submit official transcripts/scores to Whatcom's Registration & Student Records Office. Credit granted is considered transferred-in credit and is posted on the student's academic transcript at the time of graduation.
Enrolled students may earn college credits when they demonstrate by examination or evaluation that their professional experience, substantial prior learning, or industry certification meets specific outcomes of a WCC course. Each department determines the evaluation method required for students to demonstrate mastery of the course challenge. Not all courses are appropriate for course challenge. Contact the Entry and Advising office for information on procedures and fees and to speak to the Prior Learning Coordinator.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Whatcom awards credits for CLEP exams that meet subject and score criteria agreed upon by the college departments that oversee each appropriate discipline. Students who apply for CLEP credit must request that official CLEP scores be sent directly from the College Board to the WCC records office. CLEP credits may not transfer to other colleges and universities. It is the student's responsibility to contact transfer institutions regarding the acceptance of these credits. CLEP scores and WCC Equivalencies
Advanced Placement (AP)
The Advanced Placement program consists of college-level courses and exams for high school students. The college follows statewide guidelines in awarding credit for AP exams. The following is the list of AP scores and WCC course equivalencies effective Fall '19. AP scores and WCC Equivalencies Students enrolled at WCC prior to Fall 2019 should consult an academic advisor.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate program consists of college-level courses and exams for high school students. The college follows statewide guidelines in awarding credit for IB exams. The following is the list of IB scores and WCC course equivalencies effective Fall '19. IB Scores and Equivalencies.
Documented military training will be evaluated by the college upon entrance to a degree, certificate or diploma program.
Transfer-in credits are evaluated by the College upon entrance to a degree, certificate or diploma program.