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 or call (309) 268-4355.


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