Put your skills to work for you

Previous training may count toward your degree.

You may be able to earn credit for what you’ve learned through employers or other training providers. If you qualify for credit, our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) team is here to help you find it.

Organize your skills

Put your skills to work for you

Previous training may count toward your degree.

You may be able to earn credit for what you’ve learned through employers or other training providers. If you qualify for credit, our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) team is here to help you find it.

Search for opportunities

Search for skills-based credit opportunities.

You don’t have to start your degree from scratch. From real estate and healthcare certifications to cosmetology or amateur radio training, you may have more experience than you think. Achievements that can potentially translate to credit include:

  • Certifications
  • Licenses
  • Trainings
  • Other specializations

Search for job-related credit opportunities

We've evaluated hundreds of employer trainings and certificates for potential credit. Find your current or previous employers in the list below to see if you’ve got on-the-job training that could offer credit-saving opportunities.








How to get started

Apply to the University

Because we’re built for working adults, we value the experience you bring to the table. One of the benefits of being a Phoenix is that we’ll help you find tuition-saving credits.

If you’re ready to get started, apply now. Have more questions?

Shauna. J. PLA Advisor

Step 1

Call your academic counselor

We’ll examine your specific degree program, your remaining credit requirements, and your professional experience or training that could translate to credit.


Step 2

Gather your professional certificates

Start collecting professional training certificates and documents that could support your PLA application.

  • Certificates
  • Licenses
  • Training courses, workshops or seminars 
  • Transcripts from other colleges or schools

Step 3

Upload documentation

Finally, upload these documents through eCampus. Click the “Program” tab at the top of the page. Next, click on “Transfer Credit Options,” then click “See if PLA works for you.”


Step 4

Pay the one-time fee

There is no cost to apply for PLA. If your PLA submission is approved for credit, you’ll pay a one-time $99 fee.