Office for Prior Learning Assessment

The Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) helps USM students earn credit for college-level learning through work and life experience. In Fall 2022, we will be changing our name to the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) office. Learn more about Office for Prior Learning Assessment.

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Credential and Certification Review

Credentials and certifications issued by outside agencies may be eligible for college credit if they include verifiable college-level learning.
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Academic Portfolios

Portfolios require students to engage in a self-reflective writing process connecting their learning from work or life experience to specific learning outcomes.

How Does PLA Work at USM?

Watch this video to find out!

There's No Such Thing as Wasted Knowledge!

The University of Maine System partnered with the Maine Community Colleges to create this Prior Learning Assessment overview video. Watch it here.