Office for Prior Learning Assessment


Earn credit for what you've learned!  The Office for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides opportunities for students to earn credit for college-level learning acquired outside of a traditional academic environment.

Standardized Examinations

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

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

For more information contact the PLA Office at or 207-780-4663.

Military Credits - Important Information

Official military transcripts are reviewed by USM's Veterans Services Director. Please direct inquiries about military transcripts and any credits posted from military transcripts to: 

Lorraine Spaulding 
Director of Veterans Services
235 Luther Bonney Hall 
88 Bedford Street 
Portland, Maine  04104-9300

USM's Office for Prior Learning Assessment reserves the right to revise, amend, or change items set forth in our policies, procedures, and equivalencies at any time.