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Portfolio Review for Prior Learning Credit

Our Workforce Development Training Programs offer a Portfolio Review that may give you credit for Prior Learning. The Portfolio Evaluation takes approximately 3-5 business days to process. You will be notified by email when a decision is made and whether you will be eligible to register for your first course.

To request your Portfolio Review, you will need to complete the Portfolio Evaluation Form and submit that with documentation of prior learning to the Program Coordinator for your course of study (see list below). Prior Learning Credit Evaluations including all documentation must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start date of the course in which you intend to register. For Construction Trades, please see information below for additional documentation needed.

Program Coordinators

Allied Careers courses:
Contact Lynn Williams at

Business and Information Technology Courses:
Contact Paula Coluzzi at

Construction Trades courses:
Contact Michael Langton at

Healthcare courses:
Contact Laura Thayer at

Prior Learning Credit for High School Trades Course Work

If you took a trades class at your local high school that followed the NCCER curriculum, please email your NCCER ID Number to Michael Langton, so he can obtain your NCCER transcript and evaluate it. If you do not know your NCCER ID, we may be able to locate it in the NCCER Registry. If we are unable to locate your NCCER ID, we will advise you to request an official transcript from your high school and have the school mail it to:

College of Southern Maryland
Attention: Michael Langton, REGI-CTET
PO Box 910
La Plata, Maryland 20646-0910

Prior Learning Credit for TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills

To receive Prior Learning Credit for TEC-9300, Construction Trades Core Skills:
  1. Complete the Portfolio Assessment Form.
  2. Obtain a copy of your OSHA-10 construction card (or certified safety training).
  3. Obtain a letter from your employer verifying one year of paid employment in a construction-related field or military record. In the letter, have your employer state your full name, the start and end date of your work experience, your job title, and your specific job duties. Please, have your employer sign and date the letter.
Please be advised that if you are taking any level 1 trade, including Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, or Plumbing, you will not receive a certificate from the curriculum developers at NCCER for Core Curriculum and level 1 of your respective trade course.

Prior Learning Credit for TEC-5090, Fundamentals of Welding

To receive Prior Learning Credit for TEC-5090, Fundamentals of Welding, complete the Portfolio Assessment Form. Please email the completed Portfolio Evaluation Form and a copy of your welding certificate(s) to the Program Coordinator for Construction Trades, Michael Langton at



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