Office for Prior Learning Assessment

USM's Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) helps students earn credit for college-level learning acquired from work and life experience. Learn more about Office for Prior Learning Assessment.

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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.

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!

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