Welcome to the WA - Prior Learning Assessment Wiki!


This site began as a place for Washington Prior Learning Assessment (WA-PLA) workgroup members to share background information and other resources to move toward implementing recommendations made in the SSB 6357 2010 report to the legislature (see sidebar), and to address goals set forth in ESSHB 1795 (2011) now codified as RCW 28B.77.230.

The site is continually being updated as PLA in Washington expands and grows. The wiki is open for viewing by anyone interested in the work of the PLA Workgroup. See the menu bar on the left for notes from past meetings, reports, and many other resources.

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Keywords for website searches:
  • Prior Learning
  • Prior Learning Assessment or PLA
  • Credit for prior learning or CPL
  • Non-Traditional Credit/Learning/Education
  • Previous Learning Experience
  • Academic Credit for Prior Learning
  • Academic Credit for Military Training
  • Prior Experiential Learning
  • Credit by Testing
  • Credit by Examination
  • Course Challenge
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Transfer Credit

Latest and Greatest -

Multi-State (midwest) Collaborative on Military Credit
The Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC), a 13-state initiative of MHEC, has recently completed an online resource, //Valuing Military Learning - A guide to Military Prior Learning Assessment// designed for servicemembers and veterans in the healthcare field to assist them in their transition into the civilian workforce by obtaining career credentials through prior learning assessment (PLA).

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Montana University system continues to move forward with assessing and awarding credit for prior learning. I thought you might find their policy, guidelines and meeting minutes interesting. Click on the MT PLA logo to learn more!

February 2016

CAEL report on PLA State Policy Updates for 2015


January 2016

2015 PLA Report posted to wiki under Annual Reports to the Legislature

Here is a summary of the report: 2015 PLA Report Graphic

PLA Workgroup highlighted in Legislative Work Sessions
January provided an opportunity for the PLA Workgroup to present progress made in 2015. The Senate Higher Education Committee held a work session January 19 on Prior Learning Assessment with a Veterans focus. Co-chair John Neace from Eastern Washington University and Jim West from WSAC presented updates from the 2015 PLA Report. Representatives from CWU, EDU, and SBCTC presented on student veteran centers on their campuses.

On January 20 John Neace and Jim West presented a PLA Workgroup update during a work session for the House Higher Education Committee. Additional presentations focused on Veterans returning to campus were provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs on the Vet Corps, Pierce College on their Veteran’s Industry Education Initiative, UW Seattle Veterans Programs, and Western Governors University Washington on prior learning assessment.

Power Point Presentations presented during PLA and Veterans Updates to the legislature:
HHE PLA Update

SBCTC Veterans Handout VIE-25

VIE-25 Presentation

SBCTC Veterans Handout

Consortium 34+6

CWU Vet Summary

CWU presentation to Senate

WGU Presentation

WDVA Vet Corps







Stay in Contact – Learn more about Credit for Prior Learning in Washington

A list serve hosted by the Washington Student Achievement Council provides a forum for individuals in Washington to discuss and share information that will advance the application of Prior Learning Assessment in all its forms to benefit our students. You can sign up for the PLA List Serve at http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=WA-PLA&A=1

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