Prior Learning Assessment

Your success is our top priority at the University of Arizona Global Campus. If you have previous corporate training, continuing education units, prior school credits, or other non-traditional sources of previous learning, they will be assessed for potential college credit. If the credits are not accepted through the official evaluation through the Registrar’s Office, you can request to have them reviewed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Students may earn credit through the PLA program in two ways: Sponsored Professional Training and the Experiential Learning Credit Workshop/Essay. Undergraduate students who are approved to be CHAMPS Mentors may also earn credits through the PLA program by meeting the prescribed requirements of the CHAMPS program. 

You may be eligible to transfer up to 49 approved credits toward your associate degree, 90 approved credits toward your bachelor’s degree, and 9 approved credits toward your master’s degree. These credits include a combination of prior learning assessment (PLA) credits, non-traditional learning credits, and transfer credits. You may apply up to 15 PLA credits toward an Associate of Arts program, 30 PLA credits toward degree completion for your bachelor's degree program, and 6 PLA credits toward degree completion for your master’s degree program.

Sponsored Professional Training

Prior learning can be assessed by providing documentation of training content, hours, and a summarization of learning outcomes and application to a Global Campus course. In most cases, you will need to document what you've learned. Examples include:

  • Standardized corporate trainings
  • Certificate programs
  • Seminars

Check out the PLA Documentation Guide and the PLA Student Handbook to learn how the PLA program works.

Get Credit for Your Work and Life Experience

The University of Arizona Global Campus knows that our students often come to us with many years of experience in their field or other valuable life experience. That’s why we offer the opportunity to have that experience evaluated through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

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