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APL General Information Sheet

What is APL?
Achieved Prior Learning (APL) is a way to earn Moraine Valley Community College credit for what you already know from prior learning or work experience. It is designed to help Moraine Valley students obtain Moraine Valley college credit without repeating material. Faculty members assess your knowledge through written examinations, interviews and performance tests. Academic Outreach maintains a list of courses available for APL credit and the assessment methods.

Who is it for?
APL is open to all Moraine Valley students. Registration is accepted anytime during the year. Forms are available in the Academic Outreach Office, Building L, Room L244.

Is there a time limit on completing an APL?
Yes. You have 25 weeks from the day you register for the APL to complete all requirements, unless your instructor designates a different schedule.

Do APL credits transfer?
You should check with the registrar of the transfer school to verify acceptance of APL credits.

When and how can I register?
You can register any time during the year. Pick up instructions and forms at the Academic Outreach office, Building L, Room L244.

Is there a limit on how many APL credits I may receive?
To graduate from Moraine Valley, you must earn at least 25 percent of the program requirements at Moraine Valley, in addition to credit obtained through APL. Some programs further limit the number of courses for which APL credit can be received. An APL course appears on a transcript with the designation “P” and number of credit hours earned.

Can I use APL as an independent study?
No. APL is designed for those who already know the course material.

How is my prior learning assessed and graded?
Your knowledge is assessed by full-time faculty members in the appropriate academic or career discipline. The assessment itself may be a written examination, interview or performance test.

What is the difference between Proficiency Credit and APL (Achieved Prior Learning)?

Academic Outreach Department Credit for Experience at Moraine Valley-FAQ’s
Achieved Prior LearningProficiency Credit
What is Achieved Prior Learning (APL)? Achieved Prior Learning (APL) is a way to earn Moraine Valley Community College credit for what you already know from prior learning or work experience. Faculty members assess a student’s knowledge through written examinations, interviews and performance tests. Not every course is available to test out of through Achieved Prior Learning. Check with Academic Outreach for the most current list of courses.What is Proficiency Credit (PC)?
Proficiency credits are awarded to Moraine Valley students who have taken vocational or noncredit training and can document that training through certificates or test results. Proficiency credit is available in these areas: automotive technology, criminal justice, food service sanitation, heating and air conditioning, fire service, networking, office systems and applications, restaurant/hotel management, security services and welding.
Who is Achieved Prior Learning (APL) for? This program is open to all currently enrolled Moraine Valley students. Students must be currently enrolled and taking classes in the semester they wish to receive APL credit. APL is a program designed to help students obtain college credit without repeating material.Who is Proficiency Credit (PC) for? This program is open to all currently enrolled Moraine Valley students. Students must be currently enrolled and taking classes in the semester they wish to receive PC. PC is intended to help students achieve their degree goals without repeating material they have already learned.
Is there a limit on how many APL credits a student may receive? To graduate from Moraine Valley, students must earn at least 25 percent of the program requirements at Moraine Valley in addition to credit obtained through APL*. Some programs further limit the number of courses for which APL credit can be received. *Some programs require more than 25%. Check with your individual program requirements first.Is there a limit on how many PC credits a student may receive? To graduate from Moraine Valley, students must earn at least 25 percent of the program requirements at Moraine Valley in addition to credit obtained through PC*. Some programs further limit the number of courses for which PC credit can be received. *Some programs require more than 25%. Check with your individual program requirements first.
What is the fee? APL is full tuition plus any course fees which are required.What is the fee? If approved for college credit, there is a $25.00 fee per course.
Do APL credits transfer? Students should check with the registrar of the transfer school to verify acceptance of APL credits.Do PC credits transfer? Students should check with the registrar of the transfer school to verify acceptance of PC credits.
Is there a time limit on completing an APL? Yes. Requirements must be completed within the same semester a student registers to pursue a course through APL.Is there a time limit on completing PC? Yes. To have credit posted on a transcript, the fee must be paid within the same semester the courses were approved.
How is prior learning assessed and graded? Knowledge is assessed by faculty members in the appropriate academic or career discipline. The assessment itself may be a written examination, interview or performance test. APL is pass/fail. An APL course appears on a transcript with the designation "P"(Pass) and number of credit hours earned.How is prior learning assessed and graded? Training is assessed by a faculty member or coordinator in the appropriate academic or career discipline. A PC course appears on a transcript with the designation "P"(Pass) and number of credit hours earned.
What happens if a student does not succeed? The best way to make sure a student is prepared is to meet with the approved faculty member. Faculty Members are there to answer questions in order to give a student a good idea if they are prepared to meet the requirements of a course. If a student does not pass, their transcript will reflect an “F”(Fail) for the course. A student would then have to enroll in the course again and pay again.What happens if a student does not succeed? If training meets the requirements for course credit in the program the student will receive credit. There is no further assessment process. Students can always contact faculty member or coordinator to further discuss necessary qualifications.
What happens if the process is not completed within the time limit? If the APL process is not complete within time limit, an “F” for Fail will be recorded on the student’s transcript.What happens if the process is not completed within the time limit? Fees must be paid within the same semester the courses were approved. If not completed, student will have to being the process again.
When and how can a student register? Registration is accepted anytime during the year. Students contact Academic Outreach for instructions and forms.When and how can a student register? Registration is accepted anytime during the year. Students contact Academic Outreach for instructions and forms.
How to begin the Achieved Prior Learning process? Stop by Academic Outreach to obtain an APL registration form. Academic Outreach maintains a list of courses available for APL credit and the assessment methods.
· Complete student portion of the Registration Form.
· Meet with designated faculty member.
· Upon approval, bring Registration form to Student Services to enroll.
· Once registered, arrange a time to meet with designated faculty member to complete the assessment.
How to begin the Proficiency Credit process? Stop by Academic Outreach to obtain a PC registration form. Academic Outreach maintains a list of programs which accept PC credit.
· Complete student portion of Registration Form.
· Attach copies of training certificates.
· Academic Outreach will send paperwork to designated program coordinator for evaluation and approval.
· The program coordinator evaluates training certificates and returns paperwork to the Academic Outreach office.
· If approved for college credit there is a $25.00 fee per course.
Academic Outreach Department Building L, Room L244, (708) 974-5710

Achieved Prior Learning (APL) Policies and Procedures
The Achieved Prior Learning program provides procedures, forms, record keeping, and a central office for Moraine Valley students who wish to obtain college credit without having to repeat familiar materials.

If you wish to complete the APL procedures, you must be enrolled at Moraine Valley and taking classes. You cannot repeat or complete a course using APL.

To obtain APL credit, you should

  1. Be briefed by Academic Outreach staff on the APL program.
  2. Check the master list of courses in Academic Outreach. If the class you want is on the list, note the instructors, options and requirements.
  3. Obtain a Registration Form from Academic Outreach.
    • Complete the student portion of the Registration Form.
    • Contact Faculty and obtain consent.
    • Have instructor complete faculty portion of the Registration Form.
    • Obtain necessary faculty signature(s).
  4.  Return the Registration Form (with faculty signatures) to Academic Outreach.
    • Take Registration Form to Registration Office in Building S to pay tuition and fees.
    • Leave all copies of Registration Form in Building S after registering.
  5.  Complete assessment with instructor. You are graded on a pass/fail basis.  The P/Pass destination represents a grade of “C” or better.  This is not calculated as a part of your grade point  average. You will receive a copy of the Registration/Grade Form by mail after the faculty complete their evaluation.

The APL fee for a course is nonrefundable and may differ from the amount of tuition charged for a traditional classroom course.

Faculty member returns Registration/Grade Form (with instructor portion completed) and evidence of assessment to Academic Outreach. Students have the semester to complete their APL, unless a different time schedule is designated by instructor or department chair.

For More Information
Contact Academic Outreach anderson@morainevalley.edu, Building L, Room L244, (708) 974-5710