PLA Workshop 1


PLA Workshop 1 is the introductory course in the Prior Learning Assessment Certificate Program. This online workshop traverses the landscape of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). You will come away from it familiar with the language of PLA, a set of standards for the assessment of learning and the procedural steps to run an assessment process. The workshop will also heighten your awareness of the numerous decision points required in both the assessment of learning and the establishment of a PLA program.
This introductory workshop assumes little-to-no prior experience with PLA as a concept or set of practices and is intended to help novices in the field build expertise.

For More Information, Contact:

Janie Rollinson
  • Email:
  • Phone: (312) 362-5792
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

Who Should Attend

  • Adult learning practitioners
  • Faculty and administrators in higher education
  • Professional association education developers
  • Employees of institutions interested in developing a professional portfolio assessment system


This workshop will help you develop the following competencies:
  • Determining college level learning from experience
  • Discriminating between college level and pre-college level learning
  • Conducting proper assessments of student learning
  • Advising/guiding students in preparing evidence for assessment of learning


Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
The Prior Learning Assessment Certificate Program is offered in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
CAEL is a pioneer in the field of Prior Learning Assessment. In 1974, CAEL took the lead in articulating the philosophical basis for PLA as well as developing a set of policies and procedures for performing it in an academically sound manner. CAEL is a leader in training adult learning practitioners and preparing institutions to provide quality prior learning assessment programs. Today, in response to the unique needs of adult learners, colleges nationwide conduct prior learning assessment and use the CAEL models as their guide to quality assurance.


  • Learning from experience- the premise of PLA
  • Identifying creditable learning from experience
  • Advising students in the identification and preparation of assessable evidence of learning
  • The Standards of Prior Learning Assessment
  • The steps of assessing prior learning
  • Educational and philosophical decisions that accompany PLA

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the system requirements this program?
The program is delivered online with some offline assignments.
You will need a computer (IBM Compatible PC or Apple Macintosh) with:
The program is taught asynchronously - you can take it anywhere, anytime you have access to the above. However, there is a weekly schedule you are expected to keep.
Is there a required text?
Assessing Learning
  • Yes. Assessing Learning, 3rd edition [2017] by the Council For Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL),¬†Donna Younger,¬†and Catherine Marineau will be mailed to you as you start the program.
What is the weekly time commitment for the workshops?
On average you should spend five to seven hours weekly on the workshops. The best way to do this is to spread the hours over the week, perhaps half an hour each evening or during lunch, then longer at the weekend.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

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PLA 301-00
Wendy Yanow
Monday, January 21 - Sunday, March 3, 2019, 24-hour access online
2.4 CEUs
24 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to all registrations received after 1/14/2019$750.00
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PLA 301-00
Wendy Yanow
Monday, June 24 - Sunday, August 4, 2019, 24-hour access online
2.4 CEUs
24 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to all registrations received after 6/17/2019$750.00