You may have already earned college credit. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process we use to evaluate academic credit for college-level knowledge and skills that you may have gained outside of the HCC classroom. Please also visit our Articulation Agreements webpage for additional ways you may earn credit.
Prior Learning Assessment
What are the advantages of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for a student?
Students who demonstrate prior college-level learning will benefit from a reduction in time and money required to complete a certificate, degree, or diploma. In addition, students will have the satisfaction of knowing that prior learning contributed to the completion of a college-level program.
How many PLA Credits can be earned?
A student must complete a minimum of 25% of all program course requirements through instruction at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). Exemption credit and transfer credit will not count in the 25% minimum. For example, if a student passes a HCC exemption exam for CPT 101, the 3 credit-hour exemption will count toward completion of an academic program, however, it will not count as a course that was completed through instruction at the college.
Transferability of PLA Courses
While PLA credits will count toward the completion of programs HCC, course credit awarded for PLA may not transfer to other institutions. It is up to the receiving institution to determine what credits can be transferred.