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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Credit for Prior Learning

Colleges and universities across the country are finding ways to weave the granting of credit for prior learning into their “institutional toolbox.” College of Eastern Idaho is equally committed to assisting its learners in the accelerated completion of a college credential by recognizing the knowledge and skills that students may bring from industry and the military when returning to college.

“Credit for Prior Learning” broadly refers to college level knowledge earned outside of a traditional classroom. College of Eastern Idaho recognizes that learning can happen in a variety of settings, and may award up to 2/3 of the total credits required for graduation through the transfer of credit from an accredited college or university, and/or learning that has been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). Official transcripts or scores must be received and evaluated by the college before credit can be awarded. Prior learning credit may not be applied toward CEI’s residency requirement.

American Council on Education (ACE)

College of Eastern Idaho recognizes transcripts produced by the American Council on Education (ACE) and, as such, may grant transfer credit for military and corporate training.

For information regarding the Academic Review process used by faculty evaluators for ACE, visit

Types of Prior Learning Recognized by CEI

Currently, College of Eastern Idaho will recognize and award transfer credit for non-traditional learning from the following sources (upon receipt of an official transcript or scores, and in accordance with current State Board of Education Guidelines):

  • Course Challenge and Credit by Exam (to be designed and administered by faculty in the discipline, and approved by the Department Chair and Instructional Dean at CEI)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • American College Testing Program (ACT)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) (including disciplines of Business, Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) (these are essentially the military version of CLEP - and include the disciplines of Business, Humanities, Math, Physical Science, Social Science, Technology). Learn more at:
  • Industry Certifications and Credentials (evaluated for credit by the American Council on Education)
  • Joint Services Transcript (provided by the Department of Defense and/or ACE for all branches of the military, except Air Force).
  • US Air Force training has been evaluated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) accrediting body and, as such, is documented on transcripts produced by Community College of the Air Force and/or Air University.

College of Eastern Idaho is currently working on a process and policy for awarding college credit from the following additional types of prior learning. Any credit awarded must adhere to Idaho SBOE and NWCCU accreditation guidelines, with content knowledge and learning outcomes to be verified by qualified faculty in the discipline on a case-by-case basis:

  • Industry training not yet evaluated by ACE
  • Conversion of non-credit to credit
  • CBE (competency-based education), OE/OE (open entry, open exit) and other types of Experiential Learning (may be assessed via submission of professional portfolio and/or completion of competency-based, self-paced learning modules)

College Level Examination Program

College of Eastern Idaho accepts a limited number of applicable College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. All CLEP exams must have a credit-granting score of 50 or higher.

To schedule a testing appointment call 208.535.5438 or visit the Testing Center website.

Advanced Placement

Students who complete an advanced placement course in high school and receive a score of three (3), four (4), or five (5) on the Advanced Placement examination will be granted credit for the corresponding course at CEI in accordance with Idaho State Board of Education requirements. Additional information is available in the Student Affairs Office.

Challenge Examinations

Students who feel that their experience or previous knowledge would enable them to successfully challenge a course offered at CEI may petition to take a challenge examination. Challenge examinations may be taken at any time during a semester/term at a cost of $15 per credit, payable in the Business Office prior to taking the examination. Challenge Exam Forms are available online. Challenge exams are not available in all courses. For petition procedures, contact the Registrar’s Office. A course may be challenged once. Courses in which the student is currently enrolled, regardless of the grade received, may not be challenged.

Upon successful submission of all requirements, the challenged course will appear on the student’s transcript as a “CH” grade. Failed challenge exams will not be recorded on a student’s transcript. Credits earned from a challenge examination are not counted as “in residence” credit.