Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Obtain College Credit for Your Life Experiences

Credit for What You Have Learned

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe the assessment of college level learning for credit that is gained outside a traditional academic environment.

  • Credit for work experience
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Credit for experiential learning
  • Military credit

Types of PLA available to students enrolled at Southwest

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advance Placement (AP) examination
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Guides - credit for military and civilian training
  • Institutional course challenge exams
  • Locally evaluated industry and workplace credit
  • State and nationally recognized certification and professional licensure
  • Dual Credit program
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Portfolio review credit

For more information contact Mike Stephens, Academic Coordinator of PLA and Dual Enrollment, at or call 901-333-4658.