Real Life Counts at Pierce College

Your knowledge plus experience can equal college credit. Through Academic Credit for Prior Learning (ACPL) you may be able to:

  • Accelerate your time to completion of your degree
  • Save time and money by not repeating classes you may not need

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  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Earning College Credit in High School
  • Credit Predictor
    Take a 5 minute assessment to see how you can save time and money toward college. Then get your customized action plan.
  • PLA Accelerator
    • Complete the PLA Accelerator questionnaire that outlines your education, work and life experiences, and areas of expertise.
    • Receive a summary Academic Credit for Prior Learning Report.
    • Prepare to discuss the results of the ACPL report with an advisor.

What Do I Need to Do to Earn Credit for My Prior Learning?

Academic Credit for Prior Learning awards credits for prior experiential learning outside the college that can be demonstrated and documented. Note that you must be enrolled at Pierce College to be eligible to participate in the ACPL process.

  1. Complete the PLA Accelerator.
  2. Meet with your advisor and review the summary from the PLA Accelerator. Your advisor will recommend the next steps. Next steps may include:
    • Participation in a portfolio development class
    • Meeting with program coordinator or program chair
    • Credit by exam
  1. The program coordinator or program chair will review your eligibility for course credit.
  2. Once the program coordinator or program chair has approved the credit for prior learning, take the completed form to the Cashier’s office and pay the assessment fee. 
  3. Submit the completed form with receipt of payment attached to the Registration office at any campus.