Prior Learning Assessment

Salt Lake Community College recognizes that learners come from different backgrounds with a variety of experiences that result in rich learning. This knowledge may qualify for college credit. The learning must be determined to be college-level in order to be recognized for academic or technical credit. Credit is not awarded for the experience alone but may be awarded for the learning gained during the experience.

Students admitted and enrolled in courses are eligible to have prior learning assessed for credit at SLCC.

  • Credit for prior learning shall only be awarded for approved, lower-division credit-based courses.
  • Credit for prior learning shall be assessed only for courses approved in current curriculum.
  • Credit for prior learning shall not duplicate previously earned credit.
  • Credit for prior learning shall be recorded on the student’s SLCC as Credit for Prior Learning.
  • Credit for prior learning will not count toward fulltime status for scholarship purposes nor eligible for financial aid purposes.
  • Credit for prior learning will count toward the maximum time frame to graduation for federal financial aid purposes.
  • Credit for prior learning is different than college credit transferred to SLCC

PLA Opportunities at SLCC

Military Credit

To receive credit for prior learning, former military personnel must meet with an academic advisor to discuss applicability of credit to program requirements, possible financial aid implications, and other factors that may impact attainment of the student's educational goals, such as competencies that are transferable to a course of study. Military transcripts are required for prior learning assessment.

Credit by Exam

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

Experiential Language Credit

Because many students learn language skills outside the classroom, SLCC’s experiential language credit options allow students to demonstrate language abilities and, depending on ###, receive college credit.

  • Language Credit
  • Foreign Language Achievement Testing Services (BYU FLATS)
  • Avant Assessment (UU)

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

Students can complete POST academy training at the SLCC Law Enforcement Academy or other institutions. Students who complete POST and are certified as a Utah Peace Officer may be awarded credit for CJ 1910 and CJ 1920.

Other Forms of Prior Learning Assessment

  • Course Challenge Exam: under construction
  • Individual Portfolio Review: under construction
  • Skills Assessment Demonstration: under construction
  • Industry Certification: under construction

Math Award for ACT or SAT score

Math Competency Initiative legislation from 2015 stipulates that institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education will award credit for college-level math competency to students who earn an American College Test (ACT) math score of 26 or higher and for a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) math section score of 660 or higher.

PLA Process for Students

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PLA Process for Faculty

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PLA Process for Staff

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Training for Internal PLA Stakeholders

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