Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Students may earn credit for learning outside the classroom. Prior Learning Assessment must apply to a degree or certificate goal. Credit is given for the following:

  • portfolio: learning through experiences such as reading and study, work, and on-the-job training or special classes
  • standardized testing: a satisfactory score on nationally accepted tests such as CLEP and DANTES
  • published guide: learning given in a nontraditional setting such as a military or industry classroom which must be evaluated in a published guide by a nationally known organization such as the American Council on Education (ACE)

PPCC evaluates prior learning through the Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA). Students may receive up to 75 percent of their total credits for all types of prior learning. For more information, stop by the Student Services Center at the Centennial Campus, or call 719-502-3000. Military and Veteran students, contact Department of Military & Veterans Programs at 719-502-4100.

Students who wish to receive credit for prior learning and plan to transfer to another college or university should verify these credits will transfer. Policies on awarding transfer credit vary from school to school.