Prior Learning Assessment



College Credit Awarded through Non-Traditional Means

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.


PLA Guidebook

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.

PLA Specialist Guide

PLA Process Forms
The forms below were developed to aid in the PLA process. They are not required for use by ACCS but may be helpful in making an appropriate determination of a students eligibility for PLA credit. The Microsoft Word documents are provided so that colleges are able to personalize them as necessary.

PLA Form 1 - Application

PLA Form 2 - Evaluation Schedule

PLA Form 3 - Credit Recommendations