Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

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We recognize that you may have gained college-level knowledge outside of the traditional classroom.

That is why we offer Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Apply what you have already learned to fast-track your TCC certificate or degree program.

Also see Transfer of Credit in the catalog.

5 ways to earn college credit

PLA is how we review and assess your prior learning to grant you college credit.


We do not award credit for prior learning from third party online educational solutions—such as Sophia Learning, StraighterLine, edX, and—or from non-military American Council on Education (ACE) credits.

Is PLA an option for me?

Start by talking to your career advisor or veterans counselor

Your advisor can explain our PLA methods and help you decide which option(s) are most appropriate for your unique background.

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Updated February 02, 2024