PLA Resources

What is prior learning assessment (PLA)?

Many colleges evaluate the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom for college credit. This evaluation is called prior learning assessment (PLA), but can also be called experiential learning or credit for prior learning.

Here are examples of PLA policies at different colleges. Contact the college you plan to attend and ask them if they have similar policies:


What are some ways to demonstrate prior learning?


What other resources are there?

  • The ACE Lifelong Learning Resource Center can help answer your questions about which colleges and universities accept ACE credits:
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