Prior Learning Assessment for Counselors

Prior Learning for Counseling

Certificate Programs

Liberty University has approved the following counselor training programs:


Liberty University will provide portfolio assessment for individuals with professional or lay counseling experience. Portfolios must demonstrate college-level competencies. Portfolios must also provide documentation that shows evidence of knowledge in the subject-matter. To discuss portfolio alternatives, please contact the portfolio coordinator at

Dantes Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

Liberty University may award elective credit for the Fundamentals of Counseling exam. DSST tests are offered all over the nation through DSST approved testing centers. Please review the LU minimum required score, prior to taking the DSST exam. You may also review a fact sheet about this exam which also has sample test questions.


Prior Learning Assessment is only applicable to undergraduate degree programs. Before applying for PLA, please be aware that it is viewed only as transfer credit and will not be accepted as credit taken through Liberty University. It is not applicable to graduate degree programs. Names of corporations, companies, and businesses identified herein are not intended to imply sponsorship or endorsement of, or affiliation with Liberty University. Credit recommendations for training, licenses, certificates, or diploma coursework are subject to institutional standards, policies, and requirements for Prior Learning Assessment credit determinations and awards. The determination of credit equivalency and its application to program requirements is both institution and program specific. A student cannot earn more than 30 credits through PLA with the exception for credit that has been approved through the Academic Council. Due to individual programmatic policies and requirements, this Guide makes no guarantees as to the credit determinations for training, licenses, certificates, or diploma coursework listed herein. The final determination of which, if any, Prior Learning Assessment credits that are applied depends on academic policies of Liberty University. Any discussions with admissions consultants, new enrollment specialists, advisers, portfolio coordinators or other members of staff or faculty concerning possible application of such credits are only estimates and not binding on the institution. The awarding of credits and the determination of applicability of those credits to degree completion requirements can only be made after official review by a Prior Learning Assessor.