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.
The guidebooks below were developed as a systematic process for college use, and are provided here as a template for developing college processes. They are suggestive in nature and not prescriptive. Colleges may use them for informational and planning purposes.
The Microsoft Word documents are provided so that colleges are able to personalize them as necessary.
Students considering applying for PLA credit should contact their college of choice for specific information on how to apply for PLA credit.
|PLA Evaluator Guide|
|PLA Student Guide|