Work and Life Experience

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Work and Life Experience Portfolio Evaluation allows students to request course credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, cooperative (co-op) education and/or training. Milwaukee Area Technical College will not award credit based solely on years of employment. Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of course competencies. Additionally, a portfolio must be submitted for each course you are requesting credit.  In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge. 

What is a Portfolio?

View/Print the Portfolio template (pdf)

Step 1: Select a course that matches your prior knowledge and skills.

Review MATC program course descriptions and competencies to determine which courses satisfy your program requirements and if you have the skills and knowledge needed to earn course credit.  Choose from the list of MATC courses / programs offering Work & Life Experience CPLE.

MATC CPLE Approved Course List for Work & Life Experience

Business & Management

Community & Human Services

Creative Arts, Design & Media

ANIM-106: Principles of 3D Animation (pdf)
AUDIO-100: Introduction to Audio Software (pdf)
AUDIO-103: Recording Live Concerts (pdf)
AUDIO-111: Advanced Audio Software (pdf)
AUDIO-117: Sound Reinforcement (pdf)
Baking 101 Specialty Baking and Pastry Techniques (pdf)
Baking 120 Basic Baking Techniques (pdf)
Baking 113 Cake Decorating, Icing, and Fondant (pdf)
Baking 130 Field Experience (pdf)
Baking 131 Baking and Classical Cakes (pdf)
CSG-115- CSG Production (pdf)
CULART-100 Introduction to Food Service/Hospitality Industry (pdf)
CULART-107 Field Experience in Food Service/Hospitality (pdf)
CULART-116 Mise en Place/Culinary Fundamentals (pdf)
CULART-107 Field Experience in Food Service/Hospitality (pdf)
CULART-122 Stocks, Soups and Sauces (pdf)
CULART-124 Meat Identification and Fabrications (pdf)
CULART-126 Seafood/Shellfish Cookery (pdf)
CULART-128 Vegetables, Starches and Grains (pdf)
EPROD-150: Introduction to eProduction (pdf)
EPROD-152: eProduction Techniques and Implementation (pdf)
EPROD-153: eProduction Practicum 1 (pdf)
EPROD-154: eProduction Integration (pdf)
EPROD-155: eProduction Advanced Techniques (pdf)
GRDS-107: Digital Imaging: Adobe Photoshop (pdf)
GRDS-110: Layout and Publishing Adobe InDesign (pdf)
GRDS-112: Graphic Design Workshop (pdf)
GRDS-115: Typographic Fundamentals (pdf)
GRDS-122: Vector Graphics: Adobe Illustrator (pdf)
INDSGN-128: Designer/Client Relationships (pdf)

MUSIC-101- Music Business (pdf)
MUSIC-118- Music Analysis (pdf)
MUSIC-143- Music Notation 1 (pdf)
MUSIC-148: Music (pdf)
MUSIC-189: Voice Lab 1 (pdf)
MUSIC-190: Choir 1 (pdf)
Photo-101: Digital Fundamental Photography (pdf)
TV-101: TV/Video Studio Production Techniques (pdf)
TV-105: TV/Video Field Production (pdf)
TV-107: Scriptwriting for Visual Media TC (pdf)
TV-112: Storytelling Via Post-Production (pdf)
TV-113: Television Lighting and Set Construction (pdf)
TV-119: Engineering for Production Students (pdf)
TV-123: TV and Video Production Co-op 1 (pdf)
TV-142: Non-Linear Video Editing and Authoring (pdf)
TV-144: Graphic Design for Video Integration (pdf)
WEBDEV-102: Introduction to Digital Media (pdf)
WEBDEV-114: Introduction to Digital Media (pdf)
WEBDEV-119: Web Design Overview (pdf)
WEBDEV-120: Audio/Video Production for the Web (pdf)
WEBDEV-123: Interactive Design (pdf)
WEBDEV-124: Database Web Design/PHP & MySQL (pdf)
WEBDEV-132: Rich Media for the Web (pdf)
WEBDEV-133: Content Management Systems (pdf)
WEBDEV-134: Responsive Web Design (pdf)
WEBDEV-140: Web Development with JavaScript and jQuery (pdf)
WEBDEV-198: Internship Course (pdf)
WEBDEV-199: Portfolio (pdf)

General Education


Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

*Verifying Work and Life Experience Courses is a work in progress for more information, contact

Step 2: Submit the CPLE Work & Life Experience Portfolio Form

After you have identified a course from our list of approved courses, complete the online CPLE Work/Life Experience portfolio form. You will receive a response via e-mail regarding your next steps.
Complete the form (link)

Step 3:  Pay the CPLE assessment fee

Pay for Work & Life Experience Portfolio Review. 
Skills Demonstration - $90
Portfolio - $90
Fee amounts are charged per assessment and are non-refundable.

Step 4: View the CPLE Portfolio Template To Develop Your Work & Life Experience Portfolio

Portfolio Template (link)

Step 5: Submit your CPLE Work & Life Experience portfolio

Submit your CPLE Work & Life Experience Portfolio to

Evaluations are subject to change.