Course Credit and Placement

Credit by Examination

To receive credit by examination, a student must show convincing evidence of special aptitude or knowledge in the course material. A written, oral, and/or performance examination will be developed and administered by an instructor of the course. The examination is subject to the approval of the division director. If the student achieves satisfactory performance on the examination, a grade of "X" is recorded on the transcript. The "X" grade earns no quality points, but credit hours are given identical to the number of credit hours normally assigned to that course at Central Piedmont Community College.

For further information, see policy 5.02 Credit by examination at cpcc.edu/administration/policies-and-procedures/5-02-credit-by-examination.

Credit by examination is not covered by Financial Aid or Veterans Affairs.

Course Credit Guidelines for Military Service

CPCC will approve academic credit for military basic training equivalent to specific physical education activity courses. Other military training that is deemed to be college level will be evaluated and academic credit may be awarded when it is considered equivalent to specific course(s) in the North Carolina Community College System’s Common Course Library. Documentation of the training must be presented to Student Records in the form of the student's original discharge papers (DD Form 214 - Member 4 copy) or an official military transcript.

Course Substitution

Course substitutions are permitted with final approval by the Division Director of the academic area in which the substitution is sought. For students in Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs, substitution requests should originate with the advisor of the students’ active program of study. For students in College Transfer programs [Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)], requests should originate with the advisor of the related academic area.

Substitutions are approved and applied toward specific degrees, diplomas, or certificates; therefore, it is necessary for a student to be officially enrolled in the appropriate program of study and catalog year before a substitution can be given.

Students with questions about this process may consult with their faculty advisor or contact Counseling and Advisement Services at 704.330.6433. Veterans Affairs students are approved only by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for two course substitutions per program. For more information, go to Policy 5.12 Audits, Substitutions and Waivers.

Course Waiver

Course waivers for graduation are permitted upon the recommendation of the division director of the student's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree program or the dean who has responsibility for the specific course in the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) or Associate in General Education (A.G.E.) Degree. (The AGE program is discontinued for new students. Currently enrolled students may complete the program). No credit hours are granted. General Education requirements may not be waived for any reason. For more information, go to Policy 5.12 Audits, Substitutions and Waivers.