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Get Degree Credit for Work and Life Experience Test out or earn credit for prior learning.

Take Credit for What You Know

You've learned a lot outside of the classroom. And some of that knowledge may be worth savings – both in time and money – toward your degree.

Through a process known as credit for prior learning (CPL), you could get credit for what you've learned outside of college – through work, industry and IT certifications, and training, for example.

Commonly Transferred Experiences

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  • AP Exams
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
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  • Sophia Learning
  • StraighterLine
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  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • CompTIA
  • Google

Southern New Hampshire University accepts 600+ of these experiences as credit toward your degree. Even better: SNHU actually accepts up to 90 transfer credits toward your bachelor's – that's 75% of your program – so you can combine your CPL with other credits you've earned, like those from another college or through the military.

(By the way, SNHU is known for being one of the most transfer-friendly universities.)

Find out if what you know could help you finish your degree faster.

Talk with your admission counselor (888.327.SNHU) to learn more or discuss experiences you may not see listed. If you're a current student, check with your academic advisor before completing an experience to find out if it can count toward your degree. 

Have military credits?

SNHU accepts those, too! Transfer your military experience.

$100+ million saved by SNHU online students with credit for prior learning since 2018

Getting credit for work and life experience doesn’t just save you time toward your degree, it saves dollars in your pocket – a lot of them.

Jayson Camp

What SNHU Students are Saying

Jayson Camp '22

“I was really pleasantly surprised by the number of credits that transferred from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy.”

Frequently Asked Questions

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University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.


Awarded credits may vary based on the date(s) an experience was completed and/or due to curriculum changes. While SNHU makes every effort to keep this information current and accurate, SNHU is not responsible for any errors or omissions.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute Inc.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute Inc.