Prior Learning Assessment

Policy Statement

Through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) offers students the opportunity to earn college credit for knowledge and skills attained through educational or work experiences.


Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of earning credit for college-level learning acquired through a variety of resources.

These opportunities include:

  • Nationally standardized exams
  • Challenge and/or skills exams for BPCC specified courses
  • Non-academic instruction evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Portfolio assessment of college-level learning acquired through work experiences

See the BPCC Prior Learning Matrix to learn about all the assessment opportunities available at BPCC.