Credit for Prior Learning

For several of our programs, Mesa Community College offers Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for students with existing industry certifications, licenses, and approved corporate training. With approved PLA, you can receive credits at no cost for industry recognized credentials. Explore the available programs and their associated PLA forms below.

Current PLA Opportunities

Explore the available programs and their associated PLA forms below. Please note, in order to access and complete a PLA form, you must be an active MCC student and have an MEID.

Prior Learning Assessment Forms for Industry Credentials/Training Credits Available Applicable Degrees Program(s)
Apple Certifications 3 - 6
ASE Certifications 2 - 43
Battery Ventures Externship Program 1
Beauty Industry State Licenses 12 - 30
CompTIA Certifications 3-15
Empire Cat Training 3 - 23
EMS Licenses/Certifications 12.5 - 47
IPC Certifications 3
Firefighter Certifications 3 - 18
Gilbert Fire & Rescue Training 11

Lead | ROLFS Global Institute Training

McKissock Learning Training 1 - 2
Mesa Fire and Medical Department Paramedic Program Training 47
Mesa Police Department Basic Academy Training 40

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Certifications

National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Certifications 1 - 7
OSHA Certifications 3 - 6
Professional/Healthcare Provider CPR / AED (Adult, Child, Infant) Certifications 0.5
Real Estate PreLicensure Education and Licenses 6.5 - 23.5
VMware Certifications 3
Welding Certifications 3 - 38

Other Credentials

We are always working to expand PLA opportunities to include more degrees that accept prior learning that should be available in the near future. If you have an industry recognized credential or corporate training that you would like us to evaluate which is not on the list, please email your request to the Office of the Deans of Instruction at:

Whether you’re interested in an associate’s degree, a certificate in your field, transferring to a four-year university, or you just want to take some classes for your own personal satisfaction, Mesa Community College has programs to suit your personal goals.