Transfer and Credit for Prior Learning

BTC seeks to provide students with opportunities to obtain credit toward the completion of their technical college educational programming by providing credit for prior learning that has occurred through several avenues of experiences as defined below. Acceptance of credit awarded by any college is at the discretion of the receiving college.

Students must complete at least 25% of the total program credits through coursework at BTC. This shall include 25% of occupational core credits associated with the program from which the student will graduate.

Transfer Credits 

Credit for prior learning must be supported by official transcripts (in closed original envelopes and bearing the school seal). Transfer of credits can be evaluated from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions (where a "C" or better was earned) and, under certain circumstances, high school institutions (high school courses for which advanced standing was granted and a grade of "B" or better was earned). The College initiates this process upon your acceptance to the College. Once this process is complete, your BTC transcripts will reflect grades of "TR" for all approved coursework. If students feel that specific coursework was not evaluated for transferability, it is the student's responsibility to provide the Registration Office course descriptions from the appropriate college catalog along with a copy of the catalog's cover. Once this information is received, the course(s) will be reviewed by the appropriate Division Dean. Students are notified of credits granted by email sent to the BTC student email account.

Military Credit for Prior Learning

As a member of the military, students may be eligible for college credit based on coursework that was completed throughout boot camp, basic training, officer training, school or other training.  Acceptance of credit by any college is at the discretion of the receiving college. It is the student's responsibility to obtain necessary documentation for credits to be considered for transfer.  Once the appropriate documentation is received, BTC personnel, and appropriate academic division Dean, will review military training and experience documents of former and currently enlisted U.S. Military personnel for the awarding of possible credits.

Veteran and Service Member Priority Registration:  In compliance with Wisconsin Act AB201, Blackhawk Technical College proudly offers eligible Veterans and Service members the opportunity to receive priority course registration dates.  This will allow Service members to enroll in courses ahead of non-service members.  This priority applies to Service members who have served or are currently serving on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces.

Each of the branches of military service have developed methods for documenting military training.For information about obtaining your military transcript, follow the links below:

Documentation required:

Please note:  All communications regarding any type of Credit for Prior Learning will be sent to your BTC email account.

Other Links:

It is advisable to contact your CVSO (County Veterans Services Office). The Rock County VA office can be reached at 608-757-5552. The Green County VA office can be reached at 608-328-9415.

Experiential Learning

When supported by adequate documentation, students may request awarding of credits based upon work or other experiences. It is the student's responsibility to initiate this process with his/her Advisor.

Challenge Exam (Test Out)

When students have advanced high school courses, or other undocumented or unaccredited experiences, BTC offers them the opportunity to receive credit by examination. Students must meet with Program Advisor to discuss this option.  For more information on the Challenge Exam, click here.

Earned Associate, Bachelor or Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution

Students are eligible for immediate transfer of four general education classes (totaling 12 credits) and two courses of electives (totaling six credits). Other courses can be reviewed individually.  *Other policies may impact the transfer of such courses.

If students register for a course for which the college later grants credit, students may choose to drop/withdraw from the course. Students are held responsible for all appropriate fees incurred.