CWC Credit By Examination Policy for NOLS Course Graduates


What is Credit By Examination?
Enrolled CWC degree-seeking students in good academic and financial standing may request
college credit by examination for courses numbered 1000-2999. Not all CWC courses have the
credit by examination option available. All examinations for NOLS courses are prepared, graded, and administered by the Associate Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership.


How do I take the exams?

  1. Contact your academic advisor about your wish to obtain educational credit through the
  2. Credit By Examination process. The academic advisor for Outdoor Education and Leadership is Darran Wells (307-855-2063 or Email). For NOLS courses, Associate Professor Wells is also the CWC course faculty who will administer the exam.Complete and submit the "Credit By Examination" request form below to the appropriate academic division chair for her approval and signature. For NOLS course grads, the appropriate division chair is the Dean of Workforce and Community Education, Lynne McAuliffe (307-855-0095 or Email ).  
  3. If the request is approved, make an appointment with Associate Professor Wells to schedule a testing date, time, and location. A receipt for payment must be presented to the instructor before the test can be administered.

NOLS grads seeking CWC credit must also have the NOLS Admission Office scan and email an official copy of your NOLS course evaluations in advance to Darran Wells


When / Where can I take the exam?
Credit By Examination tests are scheduled at a mutually convenient time with the course faculty.  Exams may be taken on the Main Campus in Riverton, at the Lander Center, at Sinks Canyon Center, or by skype or phone for students out of state.


How long do the exams take?
The test length, question type and time limits vary according to course and faculty. You are
encouraged to discuss this with the faculty administering the test before the actual test date. NOLS grads should expect to spend up to an hour discussing: their individual performance on their NOLS course, what they learned through the NOLS experience, strengths and weaknesses, and characteristic curricula of their course type and location. There is no written component of the exam process.


How much do the exams cost?
The fee for Credit By Examination is the per credit tuition rate without fees and must be paid at
the Business Office prior to taking the exam. NOLS grads may receive up to a full semester (12-19 credits) of credit through the  credit by exam process.


How will I get my scores?
The CWC Registration Office will mail a copy of the completed Credit By Examination
request form. The grade received will be noted at the bottom of the form. Grades will be
transcripted and available through the CWC Home Page at by logging in through the MyCentral portal.


What if I do not do well on the exam?
If you do not score high enough on the examination to pass the course, you can enroll in the
course or request the Credit By Examination option again. You may seek credit by examination
for any given course only once in a twelve-month period.


What will appear on my CWC transcript?
The grade received on the examination will be listed on your transcript, added to the hours
earned (if grade is "D" or above), and computed into the cumulative grade point average. The
grade earned through Credit By Examination replaces the previously awarded grade when


Words of warning!
If the student transfers without graduating from an Associate Degree program at CWC, credits earned through Credit By Examination may not be accepted for transfer at another institution. Credits obtained through credit by exam cannot be counted toward full-time status for financial aid purposes.



 Darran Wells

(307) 855-2076 
Email: Outdoor Education



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