Proficiency Credit

Proficiency Credit

A student who has acquired knowledge and competency applicable to an educational goal through informal means may earn credit and/or exemption from certain course requirements through proficiency examinations or prior learning assessment (PLA). Proficiency examinations are offered at the discretion of the Dean of the Division responsible for the course based on:

  1. the degree to which competency or ability in a given area can be adequately evaluated by a proficiency examination, and
  2. judgment of the prior experience of the applicant in terms of the objectives of the course and the adequacy of their preparation to pass the examination or show adequate knowledge based on prior/experiential learning.

Course proficiency examinations and prior learning assessment are subject to the following:

  1. Proficiency credit may not duplicate credit earned at DACC, in transfer or received through CLEP, USAFI or similar programs.
  2. A course proficiency examination may not be taken (for credit) in a lower level course by students who have received credit in the subject area beyond the course in which the examination is requested.
  3. A student currently enrolled in a course but desiring to earn proficiency credit must petition for approval and complete the examination or PLA by the end of the fourth week of classes.
  4. A student cannot receive proficiency credit and subsequently enroll in the course and earn a grade.
  5. A course proficiency examination may not be attempted more than twice in a given course.
  6. Course credit earned by proficiency examination or PLA shall be recorded as “Credit by Proficiency”. No transcript record is entered unless the examination is completed successfully. No grade is recorded, nor can a prior grade be changed or removed by profi ciency credit. Credit earned by proficiency examination or PLA is not included in the computation of a student’s grade point average (GPA).
  7. A maximum of 45 semester hours earned through course proficiency examinations or PLA will be credited toward an associate degree. Students pursuing a certificate must complete a minimum of 50% of their course work at DACC.
  8. The fee to take a proficiency examination or PLA shall be a minimum of one credit hour tuition or one-half the current tuition of the college for that course, whichever is greater.
  9. A person seeking proficiency credit must have previously completed courses in which credits have been earned or must be currently enrolled at Danville Area Community College.
  10. Items for review to assess prior learning in a given area of coursework can include resumes, certifications earned through an employer or national organization, and supervisor or HR letters outlining day-to-day responsibilities and job duties. Students should work with the division dean to decide what information is necessary to determine adequate knowledge of course material based on prior/experiential learning.