Earn college credit for what you learned.

PLA-C (Credit for Prior Learning) may be valuable for students who:

  • declare a degree or certificate
  • demonstrate learning which is equivalent to a course needed to meet their goal
  • work closely with advisors to determine what courses they need.  We don't want you to earn more credit than you need or duplicate any previously-earned credit. Meet with an Advisor to determine your class requirements

To learn more about the methods we use to help students earn college credit through Testing, Portfolio, Workplace Training (Published Guides) and Military Transcript evaluations, see Tabs below. 

We use established, researched, and validated methods of assessment. We follow the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) Standards. For an overview of the policies, standards, and methods, view the PLA-C Handbook.  


Pass a national exam (i.e. CLEP/DSST) to earn credit for a course that satisfies a degree requirement. 

National Exam Steps:

  1. Consult with the Testing Center on the most current testing matrix to determine which exams are equivalent to a course and the minimum score needed to pass. We do not accept all exam titles. 
  2. To register to take a CLEP/DSST exam, go to the Testing Center.
  3. If you already passed an exam, send us an official transcript (see links to the exam sites below):
    Pikes Peak Community College Attn: Records Office 
    Box C8 5675 S. Academy Blvd. 
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906    
    Questions? Email:  records@ppcc.edu  
    CLEP    DSST    UExcel (Excelsior)   AP Exam   IB Exam


Create a portfolio of documents that describe your learning, request course credit, and provide supporting documentation. Your portfolio is evaluated by a faculty member who is a subject-matter expert. To find course information (course descriptions and competencies) to help you write your portfolio petition, search for the course under the Common Course Numbering System.

Portfolio Steps:

  1. Speak with your faculty advisor about the possibility of earning college credit for your prior learning.
  2. Follow the Portfolio Guidelines to create your portfolio.  
  3. Fill out the Student Agreement form for Portfolio requests and pay the nonrefundable fee ($40.00 one time fee + $15.00 per credit hour requested). (Note: Some Police Academy training evaluation fees are waived.) Submit your Portfolio and Student Agreement to Records. 

Published Guides

Use a Published Guide (ACE/NCCRS) to request credit for workplace training and certifications. The courses are evaluated by teams of national subject-matter experts who write a credit recommendation. 
American Council on Education (ACE). ACE National Guide 
National College Credit Recommendation Service NCCRS

Published Guide Steps:
1. Determine if your training has been evaluated (go to ACE or NCCRS links above) and may help to satisfy one of your degree plan requirements.
2. Fill out a Student Agreement for Military (Veterans) and Published Guides.
3. Attach a transcript obtained from the Published Guide web site.
4. Submit agreement and transcript to Records.
5.  If your training and certifications are not listed in a Published Guide, use the portfolio process to request an evaluation by a subject-matter expert. 

Military Transcripts

Have your Joint Services Transcript  (JST) evaluated. The American Council on Education's (ACE) Military Guide provides college credit recommendations for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Air Force- Request a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.

Active Duty Steps: Army 

1. Set up your tuition assistance (TA) through goarmyed.com and enroll.
2. The Servicemember Opportunity College Coordinator (SOC) will request your JST electronically and complete the credit evaluation within one semester's time. Or contact: Richard.Rayborn@ppcc.edu

Active Duty Steps:  Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard

1. Request your Joint Services Transcript  (JST).
2. Contact Richard.Rayborn@ppcc.edu for an evaluation.  

Veterans Steps:

1. Fill out a Student Agreement for Military (Veterans) and Published Guides..
2. The Records office staff will request your JST electronically and complete the credit evaluation. 

We value all of your service. All of your learning is valuable. However, some of your learning from military service (occupation and training), when evaluated, may or may not be the equivalent of 1) a college-level course and 2) a course required on your declared degree or certificate. If you decide to change your course of study, your transcripts may need to be re-evaluated. 

Student Agreement Forms

Use this Student Agreement form for Portfolio requests.

Use this Student Agreement form for Military (Veterans) and Published Guides.

Handout: PLA-C At-A-Glance 

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