The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) recognizes that learning occurs in a variety of ways such as employment, training, military, and other experiences which are termed “prior learning.” College credit can be awarded for prior learning through a systematic review of the student's documented evidence. This is referred to as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Think of PLA as a way to save time and money in your quest for a college degree.
Please click here for a short video of how the PLA process works.
The guidebook below was developed as a systematic process for college use, and is provided as a template for developing college processes. It is a guide and not prescriptive. Colleges may use this for informational and planning purposes.
Students considering applying for PLA credit should contact their college of choice for specific information on how to apply for PLA credit.