Earn college credit for what you know . . .
If you have experience in subjects offered by Pellissippi State, you may be able to gain credit for what you've already learned. It's called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used by educators to describe learning gained outside a traditional academic environment. Put another way, it's learning and knowledge acquired while living your life. Learning though work, employer training programs, military service, independent study, volunteer or community service, and open source courseware study are all examples of where knowledge may be acquired. PLA is the evaluation and assessment of an individual's life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education and training.
Pellissippi State offers various methods of PLA credit.
Credit by Examination
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College-Level Examination (CLEP)
- DSST Credit by Exam Program (Formerly DANTES)
- Excelsior Credit by Exam
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- PSCC Credit by Examination
Credit for Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Exam
Credit for Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam
Credit for ACE-approved Training
Pellissippi State may award college credit for employer-sponsored training and certifications based on the the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training when applicable to your program of study. This includes evaluation of corporate training, certificates and/or apprenticeship programs which may lead to college credit.
Credit for Department of Labor (DOL) Approved Apprenticeship Programs
- IBEW Inside Wireman Program
- National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
- United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
- Other Approved DOL Apprenticeship Programs
Credit for Life Experience
Students may earn college credit through life experiences outside the classroom.
Credit for Military Training
Pellissippi State works closely with veterans to ensure that the maximum amount of credit may be awarded for military courses and training.
Credit for Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions
For college courses that are not automatically accepted for Pellissippi State credit, students may request reconsideration of transfer credit decisions.
Credit for Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Diplomas
Students may receive college credit for completing a diploma or certificate program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology.
Through LearningCounts.org, individuals can prepare a portfolio that documents their learning for assessment by an expert faculty member to determine college level credits.