Definitions for "Prior Learning Assessment"
Keywords:  pla, learned, dantes, clep, recognition
To grant credits towards a certificate, diploma, or degree for learning gained through work, training, or informal experience.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process that enables people to gain recognition and credit for what they already know and can do. It involves the identification, documentation and assessment of learning acquired through informal or independent study, work experience, volunteering, non-credit courses and other life experiences.
The process of examining and documenting an adult student's prior learning experiences through a variety of methods, the most common of which are: Testing that demonstrates an understanding of college-level subjects. The types of tests available are: Advanced Placement Exams Challenge Exams (Designed and administered by specific departments within schools) CLEP (College Level Examination program) Exams ACT/PEP (American College Testing Service Exam) DANTES (Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education Support) Documentation that public sector, private business and/or armed services training which is recommended for college credit has been satisfactorily completed. Information regarding training which has been recommended for credit can be found in the following publications: ACE/CREDIT American Council on Education / College Credit Recommendation Service
Challenge Examinations in First Year Subjects