Earn credit for what you already knowPrior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides college students with the potential to earn credit for college level learning acquired outside a traditional academic environment.
In other words, it is an evaluation of a person’s life learning for college credit. That learning could have been acquired by working, participating in an employer’s training programs, serving in the military, studying independently, performing volunteer/community service or studying open source courseware.
Prior Learning Assessments are often conducted through an evaluation process called a portfolio assessment, but this is only one type of PLA. Prior Learning can also be assessed via credit by examination (e.g. CLEP Exams, ACE Transcript Evaluations, Challenge Exams…etc.). Click on the links below to learn more about the PLA options available to you at CCBC.
What is CCBC's PLA acceptance policy?
- Students must earn at least 25% of the credits required for a program of study, directly through CCBC coursework.
- They may earn up to 75% of the credits required for a program of study, through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
- PLA credit will be posted to current CCBC student transcripts- students that have completed coursework at CCBC and/or are currently registered for CCBC classes.*
*Individual exceptions can be considered by emailing email@example.com. This requirement does not apply to Credit by AP, IB, and the Articulated Construction Apprenticeship programs.