How It Works

How can I make my experience count for college credit?

With QuickPath PLA, you can earn credit by creating petitions to have your work or life experience assessed at one of the participating California Community Colleges. 

You will be guided through a user-friendly process that will help you gather and present all the information you need to earn your credit. Below is a guide of the key steps in the journey you will take while seeking credit for your prior learning.

Step 1

Building Your Profile

Begin by creating an account to access the QuickPathPLA site.  After you have created your account, the next step is to build your profile so that when an advisor contacts you, they will have a general idea of who you are. It's a simple six-step process that will take minutes!

Step 2

Getting to Know Your Dashboard

Once you have finished building your profile, you will have access to your dashboard. This is where you will be able to edit your profile, create and manage petitions for credit, check your recent activity, and view notifications.  Your dashboard will let you know exactly what is going on during each step of the petition process.


Step 3


Creating and Submitting Your Request

When you’re ready to submit a petition, select “Start a Petition” from the dashboard.  While creating your petition request, search for courses by using a keyword search tool. You can select up to five courses that you feel are a good match to your prior learning or work experience. Once you select the course(s), “Submit” your petition. 

If you are unsure of what course(s) to select, you can still submit a request to an advisor. It's that easy!

Step 4

Submitting Your Application

An advisor at your institution will contact you and provide one-on-one counseling about your petition using our built in Message Center. As your advisor works with you, you will discuss your prior learning experience as well as receive help identifying the course that is the best match for you to earn credit. Once you select the right course and submit your final application, your advisor will determine whether or not you are a candidate to participate in formal assessment for prior learning credit.


Step 5


Building and Submitting Your E-Portfolio

You can begin your e-portfolio after your advisor's approval of your final application. There are several building blocks to creating your e-portfolio such as your reason for petition, resume, personal essay, and any other supporting documents that you believe will help an assessor with their evaluation. You can review guidelines to give you more information about these requirements. A video tutorial is also available to guide you through the process of creating an e-portfolio. Once you have completed your required items you can submit your e-portfolio to be assessed.

Step 6

E-Portfolio Review and Transcription

Once submitted, your assessor will evaluate your e-portfolio and contact you. If your e-portfolio is denied, you will be notified and informed of the reason. If it is approved, you will be awarded credit for the course you have petitioned.