Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows you to fast track your future by having some of your previous work and life experiences turned into college credit. 

Eastern Gateway Community College awards credit for verified learning resulting from prior experience. Credit can be awarded when the learning is college equivalent possessing value in and of itself and contributing to the personal career development of the learner and the concentration identified in the degree approval. This includes training classes and courses taken at non-accredited technical institutions. The PLA advisor will assist the student in identifying learning outcomes and to ascertain how well those outcomes match those in a particular course or program at Eastern Gateway. 

Earn credit from:

  • Portfolio-based credit
  • Military training and experience
  • Credit by exam

Portfolio-Based Credit

If a student has relevant training or work experience that can be directly linked to an existing course at Eastern Gateway, course credit may be granted upon the presentation of a portfolio documenting the work the student had done. CAEL will be utilized to assist in the portfolio submission. Applicants are advised to take the portfolio course offered at each Eastern Gateway location to help them more effectively present the documentation of their work experience. 

Military Training and Experience

Eastern Gateway is committed to the acceptance and awarding of college credit for training and experience in the United States Armed Forces and National Guard, as long as it has been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) or a regional accrediting institute such as the Higher Learning Commission. 

Credit by Exam

The purpose of credit by exam is to permit students who believe they are qualified through education, training and work experience the opportunity to pass over certain courses in order to take more advanced work. The proficiency exam, which must be requested, will be comprehensive enough to be representative of the entire content of the course offered during a regular semester. Eastern Gateway also awards credit for selected courses based on results of CLEP testing. Detailed information about CLEP testing is available from the admissions office or PLA advisor.

How To Start

Schedule an appointment to meet with our PLA Advisor Michael Conrad at 740.266.9631 or Come prepared to discuss your experiences, certifications and non-credit coursework to determine the next steps in gaining credit. The PLA advisor will work with the student on the method of assessment to pursue.