Please follow these steps to earn non-traditional credits.

If you are seeking college credit through means outside the traditional classroom, please see Alternative Options for Earning Credit.

Apply for Admission to Lower Columbia College

If you plan to seek non-traditional credits, you must be a current or former student at Lower Columbia College.

  • If you are unable to apply online, please go to the Entry Center in the Admissions Center. Staff will assist you in completing the application.
  • Once your application has been approved you will receive an email containing your acceptance letter and Student ID number. Please allow up to four business days.

Complete Application Form

  • Please contact Career & Employment Services located in the Admissions Center to obtain the necessary application form.

Show Mastery of Course Objectives

  • Please make an appointment to meet with a Workforce Education staff member by contacting Career & Employment Services.
  • Workforce Education staff will assist you in compiling required documentation showing mastery of course objectives. Documentation must be submitted within one academic year (four quarters) of applying for non-traditional credits.
  • Staff will also refer your documentation to the appropriate faculty evaluator (if applicable).

Faculty Evaluation

The faculty evaluator will review your documentation, determine if credit is approved, and submit the signed form approving or denying credit to the Workforce Education office. The Workforce Education office will maintain your documentation for four quarters (one academic year).

Faculty evaluators may assess student learning in any method that they deem appropriate. Assessment may include, but is not limited to:

  • Interview
  • Exam
  • Essay
  • Demonstration
  • Documentation of previous experience/training

Receive your Results

Workforce Education staff will contact you with the results. If credit has been approved and after payment is made, the form and complete documentation will be submitted to the Registration Office for transcription.  Forms received after the 6th week of each quarter will be processed the subsequent quarter.

The Registration Office will transcribe the credit and send the student an updated unofficial transcript.

Students may also obtain an unofficial transcript online free of charge or request an official transcript (fee required).

Inquire about Non-Traditional Credits

Start your inquiry into Non-Traditional credits in the Career & Employment Center in the Admissions Center. Call (360) 442-2330, or email

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