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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - Formally known as Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Guidelines

Prior Learning is a non-college or experience-based learning that has been obtained outside the sponsorship of accredited postsecondary education institutions. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) includes learning acquired from work and life experiences; community and volunteer extension courses; individual study and reading; civic, community and volunteer work; and participation in informal courses and inservice training sponsored by associations, business, government, and industry. PLA is not awarded for EXPERIENCE but for college-level LEARNING which entails knowledge, skills, and competencies that students have obtained as a result of their prior learning experience.

Methods of obtaining prior learning credit include:

  1. Standardized Tests (CLEP®, DSST™, etc. See the CCA Course Equivalency Tests available in the CCA Testing Center)
  2. Institutional Challenge Exams
  3. Portfolio Review
  4. Published guides such as ACE - American Council of Education guidelines including military, corporate and other programs.

For more complete Prior Learning Assessment guidelines click here.

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