Professional Training Portfolios

Students who have completed formal, off-campus courses and training are encouraged to submit supporting documentation in a prior learning portfolio.


Documentation should include proof of course completion and length, along with a description of learning objectives.

Examples of courses that are appropriate to submit in portfolio are:

  • Professional and Continuing Education courses
  • Employer-sponsored training programs
  • Professional licenses
  • Certificate courses
  • Technical or vocational courses

A total of 36 credits of the 60 allowable credits for extra–institutional learning may be earned through portfolio and/or experiential essays. Up to 18 credits may apply toward an associate's degree. Portfolios are assessed on campus by trained evaluators using American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations, pre-assessed prior learning course information, and content expertise.

For information about assessment standards, documentation requirements, assembly instructions, PLA fees and due dates, we invite you to download the following documents: