Apr 17, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 College Catalog

Credit for Prior Learning/Advanced Standing Guide


Virginia Peninsula Community College is committed to lifelong learning that provides students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the academic integrity of academic programs. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) policies are consistent with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) principles and with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy. 

The information provided describes the mechanisms for obtaining credit for prior learning at Virginia Peninsula Community College. The term “credit for prior learning” generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways. Credit for Prior Learning is the process of awarding credit for competency in subject matter that has been achieved through previous academic study, experiential learning, or occupational experience.

Credit awarded may include, but is not limited to, credit for external advanced placement such as the Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB), credit for non-traditional professional certifications, and credit for educational/training programs (military, industry, state, and federal government). This guide also provides procedures for granting various kinds of credit earned at other colleges and universities in this country and abroad.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit by Challenge Exam
Cambridge International Program    Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Science Division
College Level Exam Program (CLEP)    Public Safety, Allied Health & Human Services Division
Credit for Certification and Licensure    Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Division
   Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Science Division DSST/DANTES Program
   Public Safety, Allied Health & Human Services Division International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
   Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Division Workforce Development

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement exams are administered by the College Board to high school students enrolled in “AP” designated courses throughout the United States. Each exam has a course guide that provides an overview of the course including learning objectives and concept outlines. Exam scores range from 1-5 with 5 being the highest. For a complete description of Advanced Placement exams, visit the website at https://aphighered.collegeboard.org.

Virginia Peninsula Community College awards advanced standing credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy (section 5.6.5.1), which sets the minimum acceptable exam score at three (3) on AP exams. Credit may be awarded differently for scores that exceed the minimum. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for Advanced Placement exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows:

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Title Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
Art History ART 101 & 102 3 6
Biology BIO 101 3 4
Biology BIO 101 & 102 4 8
Calculus AB MTH 263 3 4
Calculus BC MTH 263 3 4
Calculus BC MTH 263 & 264 4 8
Chemistry CHM 111 3 4
Chemistry CHM 111 & 112 4 8
English Language & Composition ENG 111 3 3
English Literature & Composition ENG 125 3 3
Environmental Science BIO 107 3 4
European History HIS 102 3 3
French Language & Culture FRE 101 & 102 3 8
French Language & Culture FRE 101, 102, & 201 4 11
French Language & Culture FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202 5 14
Human Geography GEO 210 3 3
Macroeconomics ECO 201 3 3
Microeconomics ECO 202 3 3
Physics I: Algebra Based PHY 201 4 4
Physics II: Algebra Based PHY 202 4 4
Physics I & II PHY 201 & 202 4 8
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism PHY 242 4 4
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 241 4 4
Psychology PSY 200 3 3
Spanish Language & Culture SPA 101 & 102 8
Spanish Language & Culture SPA 101, 102 & 201 4 11
Spanish Language & Culture SPA 101, 102, 201 & 202 5 14
Statistics MTH 245 3 3
Studio Art: Drawing See “Challenge Exams” section for further instructions - -
US Government & Politics PLS 135 3 3
US History HIS 121 & 122 3 6
World History: Modern HIS 111 & 112 3 6

Students seeking credit for AP Exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form.
  2. Review the options for requesting official scores reports on the AP College Board website.
  3. Request that the official reports be mailed to one of the addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation Form.
  4. Once your evaluation is complete you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS.

Cambridge International (A/AS Level) Program

Cambridge International exams commonly known as A levels or AS levels, are administered by the University of Cambridge and completed by students in the United Kingdom and international education programs in 160 countries. Each exam has a syllabus that provides an overview of the course including learning objectives and content outlines. Exam scores range from A-E with A being the highest. For a complete description of Cambridge International exams, visit the Cambridge Assessment International Education website: www.cambridgeinternational.org/

Virginia Peninsula Community College awards advanced standing credit for Cambridge International exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy (section 5.6.5.1), which accepts “C” as the minimum acceptable exam score. Credit may be awarded differently for the AS level as compared to the A level exam. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for Cambridge International exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows:

Cambridge International Exam Title (#) Level Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
Accounting (9706) A Level ACC 211 & 212 C 6
Accounting (9706) AS Level ACC 211 C 3
Biology (9700) AS & A Level BIO 101 & 102 C 8
Business (9609) AS & A Level BUS 100 3
Chemistry (9701) AS & A Level CHM 111 C 4
Computer Science (9608) AS & A Level CSC 200 C 3
Economics (9708) AS & A Level ECO 201 & 202 C 6
English General Paper (8021) AS Level ENG 111 C 3
English Language (9093) AS & A Level ENG 111 C 3
English Language & Literature (8695) AS Level ENG 111 & 125 C 6
English Literature (9695) AS & A Level ENG 125 C 3
Environmental Management (8921) AS Level BIO 107 C 4
Information Technology (9626) AS & A Level ITE 120 C 3
Mathematics (9709) A Level MTH 161 & 263 C 7
Mathematics (9709) AS Level MTH 161 C 3
Physics (9702) AS & A Level PHY 100* 4
Psychology (9990) AS & A Level PSY 200 C 3
Sociology (9699) AS & A Level SOC 200 C 3

*Credit awarded once student enrolls in and completes a laboratory section with a grade of “C” or higher.

Students seeking credit for Cambridge International Exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form.
  2. Download, complete, and submit the Priority Results Information form available on the Cambridge International Exams website.
  3. Request that an official score report be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Once your evaluation is complete you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

The College Level Exam Program (CLEP) is administered by the College Board and offers subject level examinations to allow students to document their existing knowledge for 100 and 200 level collegiate courses. A fact sheet is published for each exam that provides a description of the exam content, required knowledge and skills, and study materials. For a complete description of CLEP offerings, visit the College Board exam website: clep.collegeboard.org/exams.

Virginia Peninsula Community College awards advanced standing credit for CLEP exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy (section 5.6.5.1), which sets 50 as the minimum acceptable exam score. Credit may be awarded differently for scores that exceed the minimum. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for CLEP exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows: 

CLEP EXAM TITLE Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
American Government PLS 135 50 3
American Literature ENG 241 & 242 50 6
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature ENG 125 50 3
Biology BIO 101 & 1021 50 8
Calculus MTH 263 50 4
Chemistry CHM 111 & 1121 50 8
College Composition I ENG 111 50 3
College Composition Modular ENG 1112,3 50 3
College Mathematics MTH 154 50 3
English Literature ENG 245No 50 3
Financial Accounting ACC 211 50 3
French Language FRE 101 & 102 50 8
French Language FRE 101,102, 201 & 202 59 14
History of the US I: Colonization to 1877 HIS 121 50 3
History of the US II: 1865 to Present HIS 122 50 3
Human Growth & Development PSY 230 50 3
Information Systems ITE 120 50 3
Introductory Business Law BUS 241 50 3
Introductory Psychology PSY 200 50 3
Introductory Sociology SOC 200 50 3
Precalculus MTH 161 & 162 60 6
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 201 50 3
Principles of Management BUS 200 50 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECO 202 50 3
Spanish Language: Level I SPA 101 & 102 50 8
Spanish Language: Level II SPA 101,102, 201 & 202 63 14
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HIS 101 50 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present HIS 102 50 3

1Credit awarded once a student enrolls in and completes a laboratory section with a grade of “C” or better.
2The College Composition Modular exam includes two essays that must be graded by the College. This may prolong the time to receive a decision on awarding of credit. 
3Students who complete the College Composition Modular exam within 18 months of requesting transfer credit evaluation need to request that the College Board send the essays to Virginia Peninsula. Students who completed the exam more than 18 months prior to requesting transfer credit evaluations or who previously had their essays sent to other institutions will need to take the optional essay portion of the exam and have those essays sent to Virginia Peninsula.

Students seeking credit for CLEP should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form.
  2. Review the options for requesting official score reports on the CLEP College Board website.
  3. Request that an official score report be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Once your evaluation is complete you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS.

DSST/DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) Program

DSST, also known as DANTES, offers subject level examinations. DANTES is the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support, which promotes educational opportunities for service members and veterans. These exams are available to anyone seeking college credit in a non-traditional format. DSST A fact sheet is published for each exam that provides a description of the exam content, sample questions, references, and scoring information. DSST exams use scaled scores and each test has a different scale. Visit the DSST exams website getcollegecredit.com/testprep/#courses for a complete description.

Virginia Peninsula Community College awards advanced standing credit for DSST exams in accordance with the minimum recommended scores provided by the American Council on Education (ACE) for courses that have equivalencies at the College. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for DSST exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows:

DSST/DANTES EXAM TITLE Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
Astronomy NAS 131 400  3
Business Law II BUS 241 400 3
Business Mathematics BUS 121 400  3
The Civil War and Reconstruction HIS EEE  400 3
Computing & Information Technology ITE 120 400 3
Criminal Justice ADJ 100 400  3
Environmental Science BIO 1071  400 4
Fundamentals of Counseling HMS 121 400  3
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity ITN 260 400 3
Health & Human Development HLT 110 400 3
Human Resources Management BUS 205 400 3
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 210 400 3
Introduction to Business BUS 100 400  3
Lifespan Development Psychology PSY 230 400 3
Management Information Systems ITE 120 400 3
Math for Liberal Arts MTH 154 400 3
Organizational Behavior BUS 201 400 3
Principles of Advanced English Composition ENG 111 400 3
Principles of Finance FIN 215 400 3
Principles of Physical Science I PHY 1001 400 3
Principles of Public Speaking CST 100 400 3
Principles of Statistics MTH 245 400 3
Principles of Supervision BUS 111 400 3

1Credit awarded when a student enrolls in and completes a laboratory section with a grade of “C” or better.

Students seeking credit for DSST/DANTES exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form.
  2. Review the options for requesting official score reports on the DSST website.
  3. Request that official score reports be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Once your evaluation is complete, you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program 

International Baccalaureate (IB) exams are completed by high school students enrolled in “IB” courses in schools approved to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The coursework is typically completed during the junior and senior years of high school. The courses occur at two levels, “SL” and “HL” which refer to “standard level” and “higher level” respectively. The standard level “SL” may only require one complete year of coursework; the higher level “HL” course is of more depth and complexity and typically requires two complete years of coursework. Each IB course has a subject outline and detailed course guide. Exam scores range from 1-7 with seven being the highest. For a complete description of International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, visit the website at https://ibo.org

Virginia Peninsula Community College awards advanced standing credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy, which sets the minimum acceptable exam score at five (5) for these exams. Credit may be awarded differently for scores that exceed the minimum. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows: 

IB Exam Title (Level) Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
warded
Biology (SL or HL) BIO 101 5 4
Business & Management (SL or HL) BUS 100 5 3
Chemistry (HL) CHM 111 5 4
Chemistry (HL) CHM 111 & 112 6 8
Economics (HL) ECO 201 & 202 5 6
Economics (SL) ECO 120 5 3
Environmental Systems & Societies (SL) BIO 107 5 4
Geography (SL) GEO 210 5 3
Language A: English Lit (HL) ENG 125 5 3
Language B: French (HL) Waiver/placement into FRE 201 5 0
Language B: French (HL) FRE 201 6 3
Language B: French (HL) FRE 201 & 202 7 6
Language B: Spanish (HL) Waiver/placement into SPA 201 5 0
Language B: Spanish (HL) SPA 201 6 3
Language B: Spanish (HL) SPA 201 & 202 7 6
Mathematics (HL) MTH 263 5 4
Physics (HL) PHY 201 & 202 5 8
Physics (SL) PHY 201 5 4
Psychology (SL or HL) PSY 200 5 3
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL) SOC EEE 5 3

Students seeking credit for IB exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form.
  2. Review the options for requesting official score reports on the IB website.
  3. Request that an official score report be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Once your evaluation is complete you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS.

Credit for Certification or Licensure

Credit may be awarded when a student holds an industry certification or professional license that is deemed equivalent to a course or series of courses within a program offered at Virginia Peninsula Community College.  Students must be enrolled in a program at the College for which the course is required and, in most cases, have earned at least six (6) credits in the program before applying to receive advanced standing credit for certification or licensure.

Students seeking credit for Certification or Licensure should complete the following steps: 

  1. Review the certification and licensure list for the appropriate academic division to determine if the certification or license held is applicable to their program of study. 
  2. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form.
  3. Enrollment Management will confirm the student is enrolled in a program at the College for which the courses are required, attach a degree progress report, and forward along with a Transcript Evaluation Form to the academic division dean or designee for review and approval. 
  4. Once your evaluation is complete you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS.

Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Science Division
Division Advising Center: Hampton Campus, Hampton III, Room 725; Phone: 757-825-3896; email: Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Science Division

Credit for Certification is offered in the following programs:

Accounting (203) AAS   

Curriculum Number Certification or License/Credentialing Agency Equivalent
Course/s
Credits
Awarded
Accounting, Management
203 QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor ACC 215 3
203 
212
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) on Microsoft Excel 2019/Microsoft Office 365 (Excel Exam MO-200/MO-201)/ Microsoft1  ITE 140 3

Required Documentation and Special Conditions for Credit for Certification and Licensure

Public Safety, Allied Health, and Human Services Division
Division Advising Center: Hampton Campus, Hampton III, Room 747; Phone 757-825-2993; email: Public Safety, Allied Health, and Human Services Division

Credit for certification and licensure is offered in the following programs:

Administration of Justice (400) AAS    Emergency Medical Services (146) AAS  
Administration of Justice (221-400-01) CSC   Emergency Medical Services: Advanced Standing Paramedic (221-146-09) CSC   
Administrative Support Technology (298) AAS   Emergency Medical Technician (221-146-01) CSC  
Administrative Support Technology w/Medical Office Admin (298-02) AAS    
Child Development (221-636-04) CSC    
   
   
Certification/Licensure Abbreviations:      
AEMT Advanced Emergency Medical Technician   NETC National Emergency Training Center
AHA American Heart Association   NFA National Fire Academy
ARC American Red Cross   NREMT National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
EMT Emergency Medical Technician   VA Commonwealth of Virginia
EMT-I Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate   VDEM Virginia Department of Emergency Management
FESHE Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education   VDFP Virginia Department of Fire Programs
IFSAC International Fire Service Higher Education   VDH Virginia Department of Health
NAEMT National Association of Emergency Medical Technician   VOEMS Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
NBFSPQ National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications “Pro Board”   VFMA Virginia Fire Marshal Academy
         
Curriculum
 
Curriculum
Number
Certification or License/Credentialing Agency Equivalent
Course/s
Credits
Awarded
Administration of Justice
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Law Enforcement Training2

ADJ 100 3
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Law Enforcement Training2

ADJ 229 3
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Law Enforcement Training2

ADJ 236 3
400

Completion of Virginia State Police Academy3

ADJ 100 3
400 
221-400-01

Completion of Virginia State Police Academy3

ADJ 211 3
400

Completion of Virginia State Police Academy3

ADJ 236 3
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Level Jailor/Court Services2

ADJ 140 3
Administrative Support Technology
298-02 Certified Professional Coder (CPC)/American Association of Professional Coders1 AST 242 & HLT 143 6
298 
298-01
Certified Administrative Professional/International Association of Administrative Professionals1 AST 101, AST 102, AST 230, AST 234, AST 243 & BUS 235 18
298
298-02
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) on Microsoft Office 2019 (Word 2019, Exam 77-725); Excel 2019 (Exam 77-727); PowerPoint 205 (Exam 77-729); Access 2019 (Exam 77-730) Microsoft1 AST 232 3
298-01 Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Site Development Associate Exam (Exam 1D0-61B)/ Associate Internet Professionals1 ITD 110 3
298-01 Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Web Design Specialist (Exam 1D0-520) Associate Internet Professionals1 ITD 210 4
298-01 Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 ACE Exam/Adobe1 ITD 210 4
Child Development
221-636-04

Based on experiential learning/work experience, must have CDA or equivalent, take course challenge exam, and receive a passing grade of 70%, to receive credit. Must see Program Head to provide documentation review and have Divisional Approval5

CHD 120 3
221-636-04

Based on experiential learning/work experience, must see Program Head to provide documentation review to receive credit, and have Divisional Approval5

CHD 165 3
Emergency Medical Services
146
221-146-01
221-146-08
Basic Life Support (BLS) AHA, Red Cross, or other approved by the Department.1,7,8,9 EMS 100 1
146
221-146-01
221-146-08
EMT/National Registry or Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111 & 120 8
146 AEMT/National Registry or Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111, 120, 121, 125, & 126 12
146 EMT-I/Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111, 120, 121, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142 & 175 26
146 Paramedic/National Registry or Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111, 120, 121, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 175, 202, 203, 204, 206, 210, 212, 216, 247, 248, 249 & BIO 145 46
146 
221-146-10
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)/NAEMT1,7,8,9 EMS 163 1
146 
221-146-05
221-146-10
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)/NAEMT1,7,8,9 EMS 164 1
146
221-146-05
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) AHA, Red Cross, or other approved by the Department1,7,8,9 EMS 165 1
146 or
221-146-05
Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC)/NAEMT1,7,8,9 EMS 167 1
146 or
221-146-05
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) AHA, Redcross, or other approved by the Department1,7,8,9    
       
Fire Science
427 Firefighter I/VDFP, NBFSPQ, IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 100 3
427
221-427-11
Firefighter II/VDFP, NBFSPQ, IFSAC or VCCS FST 105, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 110, 124 6
427 Hazardous Materials (HM) Technician/ VDFP, VDEM, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE, or IFSAC; or HM Specialist/VDFP, VDEM, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE, or IFSAC, or HM Chemistry or Chemistry of HM/VDFP, VDEM, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 112 3
427 Fire Inspector I (1031)/VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC; or NFA Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction (R0274); or NFA Managing Effective Fire Prevention Programs (R0671), Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 115 3
427 Incident Safety Officer (ISO) or Health and Safety Officer (HSO)/ VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC or VCCS FST 121, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 120 3
427
221-427-54
Fire Instructor I/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 135 3
427  Fire Officer I/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC , Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.  FST 140 4
427
221-427-11
Driver Operator - Pump or Fire Protection Hydraulics/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.   FST 205 3
427 
221-427-54
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services or Fire Services/NFA, NETC, FESHE, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.    FST 210 3
427 
221-427-11
Fire Inspector I (1031)/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.   FST 215 3
427 
221-427-11
221-427-54
Building Construction Combustible and Non-Combustible/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.  FST 220 3
221-427-54 Fire Investigator (1033)/ VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.   FST 230 3
221-427-54 Decision Making for Initial Company Operations (DMICO) & Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO)/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC; or Preparation for Initial Company Operations (RICO) & Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO)/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 235 3
427  NFA Leadership I, I & III (all three certifications required)/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.  FST 237 3
427
221-427-54
NFA Executive Development (R0123) or Fire Administration I/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC, Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL.   FST 240 3
427 or
221-427-54
Fire Inspector I (1031)/VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ or IFSAC; or NFA Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction (R0274); or NFA Managing Effective Fire Prevention Programs (R0671), Self-Certifying Agency, as approved for CPL. FST 245 3

Required Documentation and Special Conditions for Credit for Certification and Licensure

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division
Division Advising Center: Hampton Campus, Hastings Hall, Room 321; Phone 757-825-2898; e-mail: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division

Credit for certification is offered in the following programs:​

  Information Systems Technology (299) AAS  
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (903) Certificate   Information Technology (340) AS  
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (221-903-10) CSC    Introduction to Cloud (221-299-50) CSC  
Automotive Technology (909) AAS   Mechanical Engineering Technology w/Mechatronics (956-02) AAS  
Automotive Technology (902) Certificate   Mechatronics Technology (221-736-01) CSC  
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (729) AAS     
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (727) Certificate   Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (221-810-05) CSC  
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (221-729-01) CSC   Technical Studies w/HVAC (718-02) AAS  
CISCO Networking (221-732-10) CSC    
Cybersecurity of Enterprise (221-732-15) CSC   Web Design Specialist (221-352-02) CSC  
Cybersecurity for LAN (221-732-16) CSC    
Cybersecurity Networking Foundations (221-732-08)     
Electrical Engineering Technology (941) AAS   Multiple Programs: ITE 115  course
   
   
Curriculum
Name
Curriculum
Number
Certification or License/Credentialing Agency Equivalent 
Course/s
Credits
Awarded
Advanced Mechatronics
221-736-05 Siemens Mechatronics Certification (Level2) Siemens1 ETR 230 3
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC)
718-02  
903 
221-903-10

HVAC Technician - Workforce Credential

AIR 176 3
718-02
903
221-903-10

Experiential Learning/Work Experience3

AIR 176 3
718-02 
903

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Master HVAC Tradesman License1

AIR 134, 154,
158, 171, 176,
181, & 235
21
Automotive Technology  
909 or 902 A1 Engine Repair/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)1,2   AUT 111 4
909 or 902 A2 Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,2   AUT 251 4
909 or 902 A3 Manual Drive Train & Axles/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 141 4
909 or 902 A4 Suspension & Steering/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 266 4
909 or 902 A4 & A5 Combined 1,10 AUT 267 4
909 or 902 A6 Electrical & Electronic Systems/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 242 4
909 or 902 A7 Heating & Air Conditioning/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10   AUT 236 4
909 or 902 A8 Engine Performance/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 273 3
Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology
729 
727 
221-729-01

Newport News Apprentice School Course D111 drafting completion

CAD 151 3
Cisco Networking
221-732-10 CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Exam ICND1, 100-105/CISCO 1   ITN 154 (4) &
ITN 155 (4)
8
221-732-10 CISCO Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA R&S), Exam ICND2, 200-105/ CISCO 1   ITN 156 (4)  4
221-732-10 CISCO Certified Network Associate Exam 200-301

ITN 154 (4)
ITN 155 (4)
ITN 156 (4)

12
Cloud Computing
221-299-50 AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or Certified Solutions Architect ITN 257 3
Cybersecurity  
221-732-08 
221-732-16
Based on experiential learning/work experience, wave requirement to take ITE 120 in CSC. Must see Program Head for documentation review to receive credit, and have Divisional Approval ITE 120 3
221-732-08 
221-732-16
CompTIA A+ (2020-1001 & 220-1002) Certification1 ITE 221 3
221-732-08 
221-732-16

CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Certification and/or CIW Certification1

ITN 109 3
221-732-08 
221-732-15
221-732-16
Security+ Certified Professional (SY0-601 or SY0-501) GCompTIA1, or GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)1   ITN 260 3
Electrical Engineering Technician, Technical Supervision
941
221-941-02
Fiber Optic Installer and Technician/ Electronics Technicians Association International 1   ETR 231 3
941 
718-08
CertTEC Basic Electricity & Electronics, Basic Digital Electrical/National Science Foundation 1   ETR 279 4

718-08

SpaceTEC Certified Aerospace Technician Core/National Science Foundation 1   IND 145 3
 718-08 CertTEC Basic Electricity & Electronics, AC and DC Components/National Science Foundation 1   ETR 113 &
ETR 114
8
Geographical Information Systems, Information Systems Technology, Web Design Specialist
299 
221-719-71
221-352-02
Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Access Expert (Access and Access 2019) ITD 130 3
299 or
221-352-02
221-299-45
Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Site Development Associate (Exam 1D0-61B)/Association of Internet Professionals1   ITD 110 3
299 or
221-352-02
221-299-45

Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Network Technology Associate (Exam 1D0-61C)/Association of Internet Professionals1 

ITN 109 3
299 or
221-299-50
221-352-02

Network + Certified Professional (Net+), Exam N10-006/N10-007/CompTIA

ITN 109 3
299 or
221-299-70

Oracle Java SE8 Programmer II (Exam #1Z0-809)/Oracle1 

ITP 220 4
221-352-02

Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Web Design Specialist (Exam 1D0-520)/Association of Internet Professionals1

ITD 210 4
221-352-02

Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 Ace Exam/Adobe1

ITD 210 4
Information Technology
340

A+ Certified Professional (Exam 220-1001/220-1002)/CompTIA1 

ITE 221 3
Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering

956-02 or
221-736-01

F14.0CP Introduction to Mechatronics/NC3 MEC 140 3
956-02 or
221-736-01
F14.0CP Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems (Level 1)/NC3 MEC 155 3
956-02 or
221-736-01
F14.0CP Fundamentals of Fluid Power - Pneumatics (Level 1)/NC3 MEC 165 3
956-02 or
221-736-01
F14.0CP Fundamentals of PLC’s (Level 1)/NC3 ELE 233 3
956-02 or
221-736-01

Siemens Mechatronics Certification (SMSCP Level 1)/ Siemens 

IND 243 3
956-02 or
221-736-20
F14.0CP Fundamentals of Electricity - DC/NC3 and
F14.0CP Fundamentals of Electricity - AC/NC3
MEC 103 4
956-02 or
221-736-20
F14.0CP Fundamentals of Robotics/NC3 ETR 177 3
956-02 or
221-736-20
F14.0CP Applied Mechanical Systems (Level 2)/NC3 MEC 210 3
956-02 or
221-736-20
F14.0CP Applied PLC’s (Level 2)/NC3 and
F14.0CP Applied Principles of Smart Sensors (Level 2)/NC3
ELE 234 3
956-02 or
221-736-20
F14.0CP Applied Fluid Power (Level 2)/NC3 MEC 269 3
221-736-20 or
221-883-15
Dremel Idea Builder 3D Print Certification/NC3 CAD 235 3
221-883-15 Measurement, Materials, and Safety/NIMS MAC 161 3
221-883-15 Benchwork and Layout/NIMS MAC 162 3
221-883-15 OSHA 10/OSHA SAF 130 1
Mechatronics  
227-736-01

Siemens Mechatronics Certification (Level 1)/ Siemens

IND 243 3
Technical Supervision  
718-08

Based on experiential learning/work experience, must see Program Head for permission to enroll in course and have Divisional Approval. Students enroll in IND 198 to develop a portfolio to determine how much academic credit to be awarded. Up to 23 credits may go toward the degree.12

  3-23
Unmanned Systems  
221-810-05

Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) Remote Pilot Certificate1

UMS 107 3
Multiple Programs
 

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) on Microsoft Office 2019 (Word 2019 Exam; Excel 2019 Exam; PowerPoint 2019 Exam; Access 2019 Exam

ITE 115 3

Required Documentation and Special Conditions for Credit for Certification or Licensure

1A copy of the unexpired certificate or certification card (front and back) indicating student name and date of certification. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have divisional approval. 
2Students must have documentation of successful completion of VA State Police Academy or a Regional and Independent Certified Training Academy. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have divisional approval.
3Students must have documentation of successful completion of VA State Police Academy. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have divisional approval. 
4Based on experiential learning/work experience, must see Program Head to provide documentation review to receive credit, and have Divisional Approval. 
5Based on experiential learning/work experience, must have CDA or equivalent, or take course challenge exam, and receive a passing grade of 70%, to receive credit. Must see Program Head to provide documentation review and have Divisional Approval. 
6Based on experiential learning/work experience, wave requirement to take ITE 120 in CSC. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have Divisional Approval. 
7Advanced standing credit for EMS 111 & 120 may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the EMT career studies certificate. 
8Students presenting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certifications will be required to provide copies of their certifications to Enrollment Management, as well as to the Fire and EMS Education Department prior to enrollment. 
9Students entering the Emergency Medical Services Education Program with current EMS certifications must meet the Fire and EMS Education Department’s current policies and procedures for advanced standing entry and course credit award. For additional information regarding the current Department policies and procedures, please email the Health Professions Division
10The maximum credit a student with no related occupational experience may receive for ASE certifications is 17 credits. When the student qualifies for credit in more than four courses, the selection of courses for credit is at the discretion of the automotive program head. For the automotive technician with practical work experience, up to 30 credits are available with ASE Master Automotive Recertified with the above documentation AND proof of employment in the automotive field (i.e., letter from employer verified by automotive program chair). 
11Currently certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-Basic) will be required to complete six (6) credits required for the associate degree in Emergency Medical Services prior to being awarded advanced standing credit for EMT-Basic certification. Advanced standing credit for EMS 111 & 120 cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for the EMT-Basic career studies certificate.  
12Based on experiential learning/work experience, see Program Head and receive divisional approval. Students enroll in IND 198 to develop a portfolio to determine how much academic credit to be awarded up to 23 credits toward the degree.

Credit by Challenge Examination

Challenge examinations are available for selected courses offered at Virginia Peninsula Community College. A challenge examination provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of course learning objectives based on previous learning experiences. Students must be enrolled in a curriculum at the College for which the course is required and, in most cases, have earned at least six (6) credits in the program before applying to receive advanced standing credit. A passing score on the examination will result in credit being awarded for the selected course.

Visual arts challenge exams are completed in the form of a portfolio review.  A satisfactory review of the portfolio will result in credit being awarded for the selected course(s).

NOTE: Students may not complete a challenge examination for a course in which they have previously enrolled or audited within the Virginia Community College System.

Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Science Division
Division Office Location: Hampton Campus, Hampton III, Room 725; Phone 757-825-2799; email: Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Science Division

Visual Arts portfolio reviews are offered for the following courses:

  • ART 121 Drawing I & ART 223 Life Drawing
  • ART 131-132 Two-Dimensional Design & Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 283 Computer Graphics I
  • PHT 164 Introduction to Digital Photography

Students are encouraged to submit visual arts portfolios for review as soon as they enroll in a curriculum in which the above course/s are required.

Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services Division
Challenge examinations are not currently offered by this academic division.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division
Challenge examinations are not currently offered by this academic division.

Students seeking credit through Challenge Examinations should complete the following steps.

  1. Review the challenge examinations offered to determine if an examination is available for their program of study.
  2. Secure and complete the Challenge Examination Form. The form can be obtained from the appropriate academic division office or on the College website.
  3. Submit the Challenge Examination Form to the appropriate academic division office. A separate form is required for each challenge examination. The division dean or designee will confirm enrollment in the curriculum for which the course is required, confirm the student has not previously been enrolled in or audited the course, and notify the designated faculty member of a request for challenge examination or visual arts portfolio review.
  4. The designated faculty member will contact the student to make an appointment for the challenge examination or visual arts portfolio review.
  5. Upon completion of the challenge examination or visual arts portfolio review, the designated faculty member will record the results and submit the results to the Enrollment Management Office. Credit for the appropriate course(s) is documented on the academic transcript.
  6. Once the process is complete you will be notified via email. Results can be viewed via your MyVPCC account in your Student Center in SIS. 

Workforce Development (WFD) Non-Credit to Credit Crosswalk
Division Office Location: Hampton Campus, 600 Butler Farm Road; Phone 757-825-4070; email: Workforce Development
Division Office Location: Williamsburg, 4135 Ironbound Road, Second Floor; Phone 757-345-2855; email: Workforce Development

Workforce Curriculum Name Certification or License Credentialing Agency Equivalent Course/s Credits Awarded
Business & Entrepreneurship
  Enrolled Agent - Workforce Credential - Part I (Individual Taxation) ACC 261 3
  Enrolled Agent - Workforce Credential - Part 2 (Business) ACC 262 3
Cybersecurity Technology
  A+ Certification - Workforce Credential (A+ ITEC 5100001-H01) ITE 221 3
  Ethical Hacking - Workforce Credentials ITN 261
ITN 262
ITN 263
3
  Microsoft Office Applications Specialist - Workforce Credential, (Keyboarding I & II (ITEC 5400001-H30)1 ITE 115
AST 101 & 102
3
  Network + Certification - Workforce Credential (Network + ITEC 5100002 - H01/H02) ITN 109 3
  Security + Certification - Workforce Credential (Security + ITEC 5100003-H30) ITN 109 3
Healthcare
  Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - Workforce Credentials EMS 100 3
Manufacturing Construction Trades
  HVAC Technician - Workforce Credential2 AIR 176 3

1Workforce students complete both Level I and Level II courses to receive credit.