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What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?

At BRCC, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process in which individuals have the opportunity to obtain credit for college-level knowledge and skills gained outside the classroom and/or through other educational programs. It is a process which compares an individual’s prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in college courses.


What is meant by "prior learning"?

Prior learning is any learning that an individual has acquired from formal education, work and /or volunteer experience, personal study and any other life activities (i.e. hobbies, travel, training programs, community life, millitary, etc.) that resulted in knowledge and skills. Learners may have acquired college level learning through these significant work and life experiences. They have learning which may be equivalent to the knowledge, skills and abilities expected from college courses/programs.

Please review the PLA Self Assessment Guide.

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