Trades Portfolio Review

Our Center for Trades and Energy Training offers 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 or not you will be eligible to register for your first course. 

In order to request your Portfolio Review, you will need to complete the Portfolio Evaluation Form and submit that with documentation of prior learning to Michael Langton, Director I, Center for Trades and Energy Training. 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. You may submit your form and documentation via email at or fax to 301-539-4785. Please see information below for needed additional documentation. 

Prior Learning Credit for High School Course Work 

If you took a trades class at your local high school that followed the NCCER curriculum, please email Michael Langton your NCCER ID Number, 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 inform 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 

In order 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-5010, Fundamentals of Welding

In order to receive Prior Learning Credit for TEC-5010, Fundamentals of Welding, complete the Portfolio Assessment Form. Please send the completed form and a copy of your welding certificate(s). 

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