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What is Prior Learning Assessment?

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) gives students an opportunity to apply for college credit for specialized training, non-credit coursework, professional development, licensure/certifications and other types of nontraditional learning.

Course credit can be awarded when you can demonstrate that the knowledge gained through your learning experiences is comparable to the learning outcomes of a Bergen Community College course. Participants benefit from reduced time toward degree completion thereby saving money.

Execution of the PLA program is a collaborative effort between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs ensures prior learning assessment adheres to institutional policies and maintains academic integrity. The Office of Student Affairs provides direct support to PLA applicants through advising, application assistance and posting credit to student records.

For more information on the assessment of your prior learning, please email Associate Dean Jill Rivera at [email protected]