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Credit for Prior Learning

What is Credit for Prior Learning?

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a process through which students identify areas of relevant learning from their past experiences, demonstrate that learning through appropriate documentation, and submit their materials so that they can be assessed and possibly awarded academic credit relative to specific course objectives. Students can earn appropriate credit in their work towards a degree for verifiable college-level learning acquired through life or work experience, not for the experience itself. The maximum number of allowed CPL credit hours is dependent on the institution.

In addition to institutional options, eMajor offers credit for prior learning opportunities for courses in the BS in Organizational Leadership and BS in Criminal Justice eMajor collaborative programs. Criminal Justice eMajor partner institutions have also pre-evaluated Georgia’s POST training curriculum for applicable CPL credit in the BS in Criminal Justice program.

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Policies and Procedures


  • For CPL courses requiring a portfolio, students will be enrolled in the CPL Workshop.
  • All CPL challenge exams are proctored and have a two hour time limit.
  • Students will receive email notification when the CPL challenge exam has been approved. The exam must be completed within 15 business days of email notification.
  • K credit will be assigned for successful completion of CPL.
  • There is no appeal process for CPL assessments.


  • Students must be currently enrolled and in good standing at their home institution.
  • Students must be a declared ORGL or CJ major.
  • Students cannot attempt CPL if they have previously attempted the course.
  • Students are only allowed one attempt per CPL course.

CPL Checklists

Checklists have been created by faculty and are designed to assist a student in evaluating their readiness for the predetermined credentialing methodology. Checklists are not exhaustive of all items a student should be proficient in, but rather are intended to be general areas of expertise successful candidates would possess.


Challenge Exam

The challenge exam methodology allows students to demonstrate the course learning outcomes through a multiple choice, true/false, and/or short answer exam. Think of a challenge exam as a cumulative final exam in a given course. All challenge exams are timed events and students are not allowed to use any external materials. In addition, the challenge exam must be proctored.

* Students attempting this CPL option will be enrolled in a self-guided tutorial to assist them with the associated challenge exam. Access to the tutorial and challenge exam will be limited to the 15 day exam window.


The portfolio methodology allows students to demonstrate the course learning outcomes through a series of artifacts and/or a reflective essay. All students that are going to utilize the portfolio method must be enrolled in a free workshop that will assist students by providing them with the required structure and requirements of a portfolio.


A hybrid methodology requires a combination of both the challenge exam and portfolio methodologies. This means that some course learning outcomes are required to be demonstrated by a challenge exam, while others lend themselves to a portfolio methodology.

For the 120 hours required to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, there have been 39 identified hours from Georgia POST training which are eligible for CPL through Dalton State College, Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Southwestern State University, however all POST training credit is subject to institutional policies regarding maximum credit earned through CPL.

Credits Available (all courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted):

Georgia POST Training Credit for Following Course(s)
Law Enforcement Officer Training
  • CRJU 1100 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 2100 – Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • CRJU 3100 – Criminal Law
  • CRJU 3110 – Criminal Procedures
  • CRJU 3500 – Criminal Investigations
  • CRJU 3501 – Criminal Investigations II
Cumulative 40 hours of drug, alcohol, gang and related training CRJU 3350 – Drugs in America
Supervision Level 1 CRJU 3600 – Criminal Justice Administration
Supervision Level 2 CRJU 3710 – Special Topics – Public Safety Leadership
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training – 40 hour CRJU 3710 – Special Topics – Crisis Intervention
ALERRT Active Shooter + GNESA Sexual Assault CRJU 3810 – Victimology
Verbal Defense Instructor + Fair and Impartial Instructor CRJU 4600 – Police Problems and Practices
Cumulative 40 hours of ethics, diversity, bias, and related training CRJU 4700 – Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

*Potential credit can also be given for Physical Education and CPR/First Aid training completed.

For more information and to request a CPL evaluation for your POST training, please contact:

Georgia Southwestern State University
Leigh Laughlin
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Dalton State College
James Wright
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Georgia Highlands College
Greg Sumner
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