Credit by Demonstrated Competence program

The College of DuPage Credit by Demonstrated Competence program offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your achievement outside the classroom and gain college credit for it. There are two methods for earning credit through this program – Credit by Proficiency and Credit by National Examination. You may complete 42 of the 64 credits needed toward an associate's degree through this program.

Credit by Proficiency offers an opportunity to gain credit for knowledge you've acquired in an occupation or educational environment outside of college, or through other life experience, related to specific College of DuPage courses. Through this process, students who demonstrate knowledge needed to complete a COD course can gain college credit without taking the course. Faculty and administrators in each academic division determine if a specific course lends itself to this method of gaining credit and the means by which you must demonstrate your knowledge. Some exams have been established and are available in the Testing Center.

Credit by National Examination offers you an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge in a particular subject area by submitting scores from the nationally recognized Advanced Placement Program (AP) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). In order to receive credit for an accepted AP or CLEP exam, official scores from College Board must be sent to the College of DuPage Testing Center. 


Contact Information

Academic Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06, (630) 942-2400
Fax: (630) 942-3724

Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A08, (630) 942-2400
Fax: (630) 942-3724

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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