Earn college credit for life experience

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a tool used by The College of Applied Science and Technology to assess learning gained outside a traditional academic environment.

It is the learning and knowledge you gain while living your life . . .

  • working,
  • participating in employer training programs,
  • serving in the military,
  • studying independently, and
  • acquiring technical certificates.

Through the Prior Learning Assessment program, students have the opportunity to document their learning through certification/licensure verification, credit-by-exam, and/or portfolio development.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Kelly Herold for additional information.

PLA Cost

  • PLA Wokshop, $35
  • Portfolio Assessment, $60 per portfolio


  • Majoring in a College of Applied Science and Technology associate degree pathway (see list)
  • Very strong writing skills
  • Valuable work/life experience that can be used to demonstrate proficiency in selected course learning objectives

To review your prior learning credit options and determine eligibility:

  1. Schedule an appointment.
  2. Meet with the College of Applied Science and Technology Dean's Office staff for assessment.
  3. Enroll in the PLA workshop, if required.
  4. During the workshop, prepare a portfolio for assessment by a faculty member. Your portfolio will demonstrate knowledge acquired through prior work/life experiences.