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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 through 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

Credit for Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Exam
Credit for Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Exam

Students passing the CPS Exam and CAP Exam will be granted college credit at Pellissippi State.


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 Program

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.

CIT Course Credit By Certification

CIT Course Credit By Certification

Portfolio Assessment

Through LearningCounts.org, individuals can prepare a portfolio that documents their learning for assessment by an expert faculty member to determine college level credits.