Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of earning college credit for college-level learning acquired from other sources, such as professional training, military training, or industry certifications. BRCC offers several options for students to earn credit using prior learning assessment. BRCC is a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning  and uses many of the guidelines and recommendations offered by them. To view examples of what types of PLA may be accepted by BRCC, take a look at this database. The final determination of what prior learning will be accepted for college credit rests with the most appropriate academic department. For further assistance, please send an email to to request an appointment.

What are learning assessment options?
Credit by Evaluation

  1. Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
    BRCC may award credit for military experiences based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. A student may receive college credit if 
    •  the training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
    •  the credit meets a program requirement or is used as elective credit 

Upon request, individuals who have successfully completed Basic Training may be awarded credit for kinesiology to be used as an elective.   Official documentation of military training is required. The academic department will maintain final approval for all matters related to awarding credit.

  1. Credit for Professional Certification and Training Programs
    ACE evaluates training programs offered by business, industry, and government, and publishes its credit recommendations in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. If a student had received training which appears in the guide, he/she may receive college credit if
    • training parallels a discipline area offered through BRCC, and
    • credit meets a program requirement or is used as elective credit
  2. Departmental Credit by Evaluation
    Students may apply for Departmental Credit by Evaluation in certain courses by obtaining the appropriate form from Innovative Learning in Room 106 Magnolia Building (Mid City Campus) or by email (, completing the necessary applications, meeting the requirements of the college, and by paying the required tuition/fees. Fees are not refundable if a student fails to obtain credit.
    Students may not request
    • a course to be evaluated a second time
    • an evaluation of a course while currently enrolled in the course
    • credit for a previously completed course
    • credit for a lower level of a course in which credit has been received

Some departments have additional requirements which must be met before credit is awarded through departmental credit by evaluation. When credit is granted, a notation of "credit by evaluation" with a grade of "P" and the number of credits appears on the student's transcript. These credits are not used in computing grade point average. Credit by evaluation may not transfer to other colleges and universities.

Portfolio Evaluation
A portfolio is a detailed documentation illustrating college-level learning. Evaluation by portfolio is a process through which a student documents that college-level learning has been obtained through non-college experiences.  BRCC allows learners to receive college credit through portfolio for prior learning that do not have a standardized mechanism for college credit evaluation. Preparation and content of the portfolio are the responsibility of the student. Portfolio evaluation may result in the award of credit for one or more specific BRCC courses. The prior learning knowledge must be matched to an existing BRCC course. The academic department that houses the existing class will maintain final approval for the credit awarded. A fee of $85 is assessed for review of the portfolio regardless of whether credit is awarded.

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