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Prior Learning & Experience Credit

Do you have work experience or prior learning that applies to your degree or certificate program? Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit is another way to receive credit toward your Aims program for learning that took place outside of a traditional college or university.

How to Get PLA Credit

Aims students can get credit for achievement and knowledge gained outside the traditional classroom through standardized tests. 

A student may challenge a course for which that student believes prior training and/or study is adequate to meet the instructor’s course requirements. All Guaranteed Transfer courses (courses found in the Aims Catalog with an attribute in brackets) and some CTE courses may be challenged. This credit will be allowed based on the following conditions and procedures:

  • You must be currently enrolled at Aims Community College.
  • You may not use a course challenge for a course in which you are currently enrolled.
  • Submit the Course Challenge form to the academic department offering the course. The department may request additional documentation. 
  • Upon approval by the faculty advisor or program chair and the division authority, you will be offered the opportunity to complete the requirements for the course challenge.
  • Upon successfully completing the requirements for the course challenge, you will be awarded full credit for the course. A grade of “S” (Satisfactory) will be recorded when the approved form is submitted to the Student Enrollment Office by the division authority.
  • The credit will not affect your GPA, will not meet residency requirements and will not contribute to eligibility requirements for financial aid or veteran’s benefits.

Credit for business and industry training is based on recommendations contained in the American Council on Education (ACE) National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training, and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). To apply for credit, submit an official transcript to the Student Enrollment & Records Office.

Credit for learning gained in the U.S. Military is based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide credit recommendations found on a Joint Services Transcript (JST), or a Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) report for current or former Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy personnel or on a Community College of the Air Force Transcript (CCAF) for Air Force personnel. Service members or veterans can request a copy of their JST on the JST site and, if needed, can request updates or corrections to their JST with service-specific support. The JST eliminates the need for the DD Form 295.

For consideration of transfer credit, have official transcripts or other documentation of military training and occupations sent to Aims.

Military learning experiences must be applicable to the student’s declared degree or certificate program for credit to be awarded. Aims offers credit for achievement and knowledge gained outside the traditional classroom through standardized tests such as: 

ACE ID ACE Course Title Recommended Credit Hours GT Pathways Course Prefix, number, number of credits
AR-1511-0024 Intelligence in combating Terrorism Blank GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
AF-2203-0069 Magnet Capstone 3 GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
AR-0702-0022 Medical Laboratory Specialist 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
AR-0703-0027 v2 Clinical Laboratory Officer 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
AR-0704-0029 Occupational Therapy Specialist Advanced Leader (ALC) Blank GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
AR-0704-0029 Occupational Therapy Specialist Advanced Leader (ALC) 3 GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
AR-0707-0011 v1 Basic Environment Staff Blank GTP 989 (3) (ANT, PSY, SOC, CRJ, ETH)
AR-1401-0009 Finance Officer Advanced 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
AR-1402-0278 Operations Research Systems Analysis (ORSA) Military Application 3 GTP 982 (3) (Math)
AR-1405-0271 Aviation Captain's Career 3 GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
AR-1405-0304 Civil Support Skills 1 n/a
AR-1405-0304 v2 Civil Support Skills 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
AR-1406-0096 v5 Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification 3 GTP 986 (3) (History)
AR-1408-0148 U.S. Army Sergeants Major 3 GTP 986 (3) (History)
AR-1408-0168 U.S. Army Sergeants Major 3 GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
AR-1408-0293 Departmental Resource Management 1 n/a
AR-1511-0027 Regional Studies 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
AR-1511-0027 Regional Studies 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
AR-1606-0297 Intelligence Analyst Advanced Leader 3 GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
AR-2202-0001 Democratic Sustainment Blank GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
DD-1511-0001 National Security Management 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
DD-1511-0009 National War College 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
DD-1601-0020 Basic Terrain Analysis Blank GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
DD-1601-0020 Basic Terrain Analysis 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
MC-0501-0007 Career Course DEP 3 GTP 980 (3) (English Comp)
MC-1732-0004 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exploitation 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
MC-2204-0159 Cannon Crewman 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
NV-0702-0015 Medical Laboratory Technician 4+1 GTP 990 (5) (Science with lab)
NV-0702-0015 v2 Medical Laboratory Technician 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
NV-0707-0002 Preventive Medicine Technician 3 GTP 982 (3) (Math)
NV-0707-0006 v1 Advanced Environmental Management Blank GTP 989 (3) (ANT, PSY, SOC, CRJ, ETH)
NV-0801-0009 Operational Water Chemistry and Radiological Controls 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
NV-0801-0009 v3 Operational Water Chemistry and Radiological Controls 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
NV-0802-0014 v2 Prototype Training (Engineering Laboratory Technician) 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
NV-1304-0013 Aerographer's Mate, Class C-1 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
NV-1304-0013 Aerographer's Mate, Class C-1 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
NV-1715-2239 Electronics Technician (Navigation) Class "A" 3 GTP 982 (3) (Math)
NV-1721-0020 Marine Corps Meteorological Oceanographer Analyst Forecaster 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
NV-1721-0020 Marine Corps Meteorological Oceanographer Analyst Forecaster 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
NV-1732-0026 Naval Power School, Enlisted 4 GTP 982 (3) (Math)
NV-1732-0026 v2 Naval Power School, Enlisted 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
NV-1732-0031 Prospective Nuclear Engineer Officer (PNEO) 3 GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)

CTE Courses

NV-1710-0154 Nuclear Field "A" (Machinist Master) 3 no equivalent
NV-1714-0073 Nuclear Field "A" (Electrician's Master) 3 no equivalent

Approved Occupations from Colorado Faculty Military PLA Review 2018

ACE ID Occupation Name Recommended Credit Hours GT Pathways course prefix, number, number of credits
MOS-18D-003 Special Forces Medical Sergeant 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
MOS-18F-003 Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-351C-001 Area Intelligence Technician 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-351M-001 Human Intelligence Collection Technician 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-352G-002 Voice Intercept Technician 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-35N-003 Signals Intelligence Analyst Blank GTP 982 (3) (Math)
MOS-35P-004 Cryptologic Linguist Blank GTP 982 (3) (Math)
MOS-37F-003 Psychological Operations Specialist 3 GTP 989 (3) (ANT, PSY, SOC, CRJ, ETH)
MOS-38B-001 Civil Affairs Specialist 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-38B-002 Civil Affairs Specialist 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-68W-001 Health Care Specialist Blank GTP 992 (3) (Science, no lab)
MOS-92L-001 Petroleum Laboratory Specialist 4 GTP 990 (4) (Science with lab)
MOS-971A-001 Counterintelligence Technician 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-97B-004 Counterintelligence Agent 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
MOS-97E-003 Interrogator 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
NER-HN-004 Hospitalman 3 GTP 990 (5) (Science with lab)
NER-QM-005 Quartermaster 3 GTP 982 (3) (Math)
NER-SH-002 Ship's Serviceman 3 GTP 987 (3) (ECO or POS)
NER-SO-002 Special Warfare Operator 3 GTP 989 (3) (ANT, PSY, SOC, CRJ, ETH)

Many courses have a national, standardized test that you can take and transfer to Aims. If a standardized test is not available for a course, you may be able to challenge a course or submit a portfolio at Aims to earn credit for prior learning.

Credits will not be awarded simply for years of experience. Rather, students will be required to document and/or demonstrate what content relevant knowledge, skills or competencies they attained as a result of those experiences. 

Please note that because of state licensing or program requirements, there may be some courses for which a challenge is not available.

How It Works

In order to be awarded college credit, a student’s learning must meet certain criteria as outlined below:

  • The learning must be publicly verifiable. The student must be able to demonstrate to an expert in the field what learning occurred, and such an expert will be able to objectively measure and evaluate the learning.
  • The learning must be equivalent to college-level work in terms of quality and must be equivalent to an approved Aims Community College course, based on the most current Aims Catalog. 
  • The learning must have a general applicability outside of the specific situation in which it was acquired. For example, credit will not be awarded for knowing the specific procedures for processing personnel applications that apply to only one company. Students must be able to generalize the learning to many situations, as it relates to the actual course for which credit is sought.
     

Please check with department to find out what courses are eligible for prior learning credit.