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Earn credit for what you already know

Prior Learning Assessment provides college students with the potential to earn credit for college level learning acquired outside a traditional academic environment. In other words, it is an evaluation of a person’s life learning for college credit. That learning could have been acquired by working, participating in an employer’s training program, serving in the military, studying independently, performing volunteer or community service. Prior Learning Assessment is conducted through an evaluation process. Prior Learning can be assessed in a number of different forms, such as a portfolio assessment, credit by examination (e.g. CLEP Exams or USILD Departmental Exams…etc.), or even by Articulated Industry Credits (e.g. CISCO Certification, etc...). Click on the links below to learn more about the PLA options available to you at USILD.

Credit by:

  • Portfolio Assessment

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

  • Usild Departmental Exams

  • Articulated Credit by Industry/Apprenticeship

  • Cambridge Assessment

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

  • International Baccalaureate

  • Military Experience

What is USILD's Prior Learning Assessment acceptance policy?

  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credits required for a program of study, directly through USILD coursework.

  • They may earn up to 75% of the credits required for a program of study, through Prior Learning Assessment.

  • Prior Learning Assessment credit will be posted to current USILD student transcripts- students that have completed coursework at USILD and/or are currently registered for USILD classes.*

    *Individual exceptions can be considered by emailing This requirement does not apply to Credit by AP, IB, and the Articulated Construction Apprenticeship programs.

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