Prior Learning Portfolio
The Prior Learning Portfolio (PLP) is the process that involves the identification, documentation and assessment
of learning acquired through formal and informal study. The learning may include independent
study, volunteering, non-credit courses or workshops. The Prior Learning Portfolio
process allows students to verify that they already possess the skills and/or knowledge
required in some college level courses. The prior learning portfolio demonstrates
that the student has mastered the course learning outcomes of the course.
The PLP Process:
Process: Student initiates the procedure by following the process below under "Information for Students". A faculty member/program director/program instructor is identified to review the student’s application by the program associate dean. If accepted, the student prepares the portfolio that may include a skills assessment. The faculty member/program director/program instructor assesses the portfolio and assigns a satisfactory or non-passing grade. If the student is awarded a satisfactory grade, the associate dean files the appropriate form with the Registrar’s Office.
Palm Beach State Office(s) Responsible for Processing: Faculty Member/Program Director/Program Instructor, Associate Dean, Dean, Registrar
*Fees: $50.00 Per Course
• Be admitted to the program to which the credit/hours will apply
•Have earned at least 25% of the program credits/hours
Proviso(s): No more than 75% of the program credits/hours may be earned through the prior learning portfolio process
B.A.S., A.A. Transfer courses or General Education courses may NOT be earned through the prior learning assessment process.
* Career Pathways CHOICE Website has process for reduced fees for Palm Beach County high school students
who may qualify.
PLP INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
The Prior Learning Portfolio at Palm Beach State College is an academic process where
college credit or clock hours can be granted in career-type courses that are A.S.
degree and PSAV clock hour courses. B.A.S. and A.A. transfer courses are not eligible for this process.
This is a formal process that is based on the review of relevant materials produced by the student. These materials are presented in a portfolio format for faculty and/or staff review. In some courses, a skill assessment is also required for meeting the course competency requirements.
The steps below will help you determine if a Prior Learning Portfolio is right for you and will outline the process and its requirements.
Student Requirements for a Prior Learning Portfolio
1. Student must be award-seeking and be admitted to the program of study (degree, certificate or diploma).
2. Student must have earned at least 25% of the credits or clock hours listed in the program.
Step 1 - Is a Prior Learning Portfolio right for you?
As you look at the skills and competencies you need for your AS degree or certificate, you might see career-level courses in which you already have significant learning. Please note that any B.A.S. or A.A. transfer-level courses required in your program (such as English, mathematics, humanities, social science or science) cannot be earned through a Prior Learning Portfolio.
If you determine that an A.S. or PSAV course exists in your program in which you would like to apply for Prior Learning Portfolio credit, please follow the steps below.
Step 2 - Learn more details about the course in which you would like to apply for credit/clock hours
All Palm Beach State courses have detailed course outlines available in the Online Course Outline Database . This course outline will serve as the basis of your portfolio. The portfolio demonstrates how prior learning (formal and informal) helped you master the course objectives listed in the outline.
Step 3 - Fill-out Prior Learning Portfolio Information Form
To proceed with the process, fill out the Prior Learning Portfolio Information Form . Take this form to an associate dean on your campus for the program you want the articulated credit in. This conveys to the associate dean and the faculty member your intent to pursue Prior Learning Assessment. If the form is approved, you may proceed with the next step of the process.
Step 4 - *Payment and Portfolio Preparation
If the Prior Learning Portfolio Information Form has been approved, pay the appropriate fees as listed on the form at the Cashier's Office. Submit the Portfolio Information Form, a copy of the paid receipt along with the completed portfolio. Follow the Guidelines for Preparing the Portfolio. Please remember that payment does not guarantee that the credit or clock hours will be granted.
* Career Pathways CHOICE Website has a process for reduced fees for Palm Beach County high school students who may
Step 5 - Review by Faculty/Staff
The faculty or staff member will review your portfolio and assess the level at which you have demonstrated mastery of the course outcomes. In addition, you may be required to demonstrate any needed skills to satisfy course requirements.
You will have one opportunity to make corrections or show additional evidence of learning as required by the faculty or staff member. If the portfolio is approved by the faculty member, he/she sends it to the associate dean and dean for final approval. The associate dean will then forward a copy of the approved form to the Registrar's Office for posting to your transcript.
If the portfolio is approved, a satisfactory grade will be issued, not a letter grade. A satisfactory grade does not generate quality points; therefore this grade has no effect on your grade point average. Please allow 10 days for the course to appear on your transcript. You may access your transcript online through the FloridaShines.
If you have any questions on the Prior Learning Portfolio process, please email Clarisse May.
PLP INFORMATION FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
The Prior Learning Portfolio process at Palm Beach State College is an academic process
where college credit or clock hours can be granted in career-type courses (A.S. degree
and PSAV clock hour courses). B.A.S. and A.A. courses (transfer courses) are not eligible for prior learning assessment. This is a formal process that is based on the review of relevant materials produced
by the student. These materials are presented in a portfolio format for faculty and/or
staff review. In some cases, the student must also demonstrate skills needed to satisfy
In this process, students follow a detailed plan as outlined above. This plan first involves contacting a faculty or staff member (as appropriate based on the type of program). You must agree to review the portfolio before the student actually prepares any materials or pays any fees.
In order for a student to participate in a Prior Learning Portfolio, the student must:
1. Be award-seeking and admitted to the program.
2. Have earned at least 25% of the program credits or clock hours.
The portfolio that a student prepares is based upon a Portfolio Model. The portfolio is based upon the course outline in the Online Course Outline Database with Academic Services.
Evaluation of the Portfolio
In your evaluation of the portfolio, you determine the level at which the student has achieved the course outcomes. As a general rule, all course and skill competencies should be achieved at a "C" grade level or higher. If you feel that significant gaps are present in demonstration of the course outcomes the student has one chance to make corrections to the portfolio by providing more evidence of learning.
If you approve the portfolio, the associate dean and dean also review and approve the portfolio for granting of credit or clock hours.
Faculty and/or staff are compensated based upon the current Palm Beach State Salary Schedule for Prior Learning Assessment.
If you have any question on the Prior Learning Portfolio process, please email Clarisse May.