Prior Learning Assessment

Through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) students can earn college credit for knowledge that was obtained after completing high school (undergraduate) or post-baccalaureate (graduate) through work experience (military or civilian), in-service/corporate training programs, volunteer activities, workshops, and/or personal study. To earn PLA credit, students must prepare a portfolio which will be reviewed by a qualified faculty member.

How it works:

  • Contact the appropriate Program Chair for that course to discuss your qualifications.
  • If approved, assemble a portfolio that includes examples of your work, training certificates, licenses, results of evaluations, and any other documents that support your experiences.
  • The portfolio must include evidence relevant to the area in which credit is sought and demonstrate clear achievement and thorough understanding of the subject matter.
  • A trained faculty member will review and assess your portfolio.
  • You receive the outcome of this assessment, which may be an award of academic credit for your prior learning.

Still have questions about PLA? See our FAQ.

Students who are interested in the PLA process for academic credit should contact an academic advisor for further information and refer to the Wilmington University Prior Learning Assessment Guide for Students (see below).