Professional Training Portfolios

There are significant time and cost investments that you must make to earn your degree. University of Phoenix understands and wants to help you save time and money by giving you credit for prior learning experience.

Previous Training May Count Toward Your Degree

A Professional Training Portfolio contains documents that demonstrate prior learning experience. The educational or training programs that you’ve completed through a corporate or professional training institution may transfer to elective or general education credits. The same may be true for unaccredited college credits.

These are the types of documentation that will be eligible for PLA review:

  • Certificates
  • Licenses
  • Training courses, workshops or seminars
  • Transcripts from unaccredited colleges or schools
  • Transcripts from nationally accredited institutions that only offer diplomas or certificates

To find out if your specific industry or corporate training qualifies, consult the University of Phoenix Pre-Evaluated Prior Learning List.

Credit Recommendation Guide

University of Phoenix has relationships with corporations throughout the country. We’ve encourage companies who offer in-house training programs to submit their course information to us and have it evaluated for college credit.

Find out if your company has submitted its training programs to University of Phoenix and if any of its courses qualify for college-level credit by reviewing the Credit Recommendation Guide.

When you’ve identified the prior training you’ve received that best qualifies for PLA credit evaluation, the next step is to read about the Submission Process.

Represent your experience accurately

Because our academic integrity must be maintained, any inaccuracies in your portfolio contents will result in immediate investigation. When the investigation is complete, the application and documentation will be forwarded to the Committee on Ethical Standards.

Your portfolio, or other submission, will be closed to further evaluation until a final determination is made.

Not all training qualifies

The following types of coursework are not eligible for PLA evaluation:

  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Basic vocabulary, spelling, grammar
  • Career development
  • Company- or job-specific training
  • Court reporting
  • CPR and first aid
  • Defensive driving
  • Dictation
  • Filing
  • Guns/Firearms/Concealed weapons/Batons
  • Internship/On-the-Job Training
  • Job interviewing skills
  • New hire training
  • Notary public
  • Office machines
  • Orientations
  • Remedial college preparatory classes
  • Secondary coursework
  • Shorthand
  • Silva mind control lecture series
  • Slide rule
  • Smoke enders program
  • Speed reading
  • Truck driving
  • Tutoring/Mentoring/Coaching
  • Typing/Keyboarding
  • Volunteering

Purchased transcripts and degrees from the following institutions are not eligible to be evaluated and awarded credit through PLA:

  • Almeda College/University
  • Ashwood University
  • Belford University
  • Colton University
  • Corrlins University
  • Glendale University
  • Hill University
  • Kennedy-Western University
  • Lakehurst University
  • Redding University
  • Rochville University
  • Suffield University
  • Warren National University

Need more information? Please contact us at 1.866.440.4707 or email us at

Your future begins here

Related Links