What is Prior Learning Assessment or PLA?
Definition. PLA is a means for adult learners to receive credit towards College level courses, based on life/work experience (such as non-college training courses, self-directed studies, employment). This means of recognition is different from the academic credit transfer process. PLA looks at knowledge and skills obtained through life/work experience, whereas the academic credit transfer looks at credits formally obtained at Colleges or Universities. Policy. College Directive E35, an extract of which can also be found in the student instaguide, details the College policy on prior learning, as well as the process for challenging courses and the process for assessment/evaluation. Process – as it applies to the Computer Studies Department Any student interested in PLA should first and foremost read thoroughly the College policy E35 to ensure definition, process and eligibility are well understood. The student then needs to visit the Department PLA Coordinator prior to applying for the PL