Prior Learning Assessment

What’s the Process for a Prior Learning Assessment?

Your work and life experiences could qualify you to earn up to 27 hours of college credit. Here’s how:

  • Lincoln College-Normal (LCN) will assist you in reviewing your work and life experiences to determine if college-level learning has been acquired
  • If judged to have potential credit awarded, you will be assisted in completing the necessary petitions and documents
  • Certified assessors, faculty, and outside experts will review experiences and provide feedback
  • You pay the appropriate assessment fees upon submission of request for credits and/or upon approval of credits
  • Once credit determination is made, you work with your academic advisor to map out remaining program requirements

The Lincoln College-Normal Prior Learning Assessment Program (PLA) follows guidelines recommended by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).


You may earn prior learning college credit by any of the following:

  • Certification or designation
  • Portfolio for work and life experience
  • Standardized examination

Insurance professionals, see specific details for LOMA, Institutes, and IAAP certification equivalencies


More Information

For more information on prior learning assessment, please direct all questions to [email protected] or call (309) 268-4355.


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