Prior Learning Assessment for Law Enforcement

Prior Learning Assessment for Law Enforcement Officer

Basic Law Enforcement Training

Fax the completed PLA Application and copy of the certificate of completion of basic law enforcement training to 434-455-1286 for an evaluation. Training must be completed through a state approved training center.

  • Credit award CJUS 2XX (14 credits)
  • Community Service Officer (min 320 hours training) = CJUS 2XX (9 credits)

Advanced Law Enforcement Training

Refer to the portfolio section below.

Virginia Forensic Science Academy

  • Crime Scene Technology (10 week course)= CJUS 420 (3 credits).

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

Request an official record to be sent to Liberty University. Credit awards will be determined at the time of evaluation.

  • FBI National Academy: CJUS 1XX (9 credits)

U.S. Border Patrol

Request an official record to be sent to Liberty University.

The following training programs have received college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education. Please request an official transcript to be sent to Liberty University for an evaluation.

  • Eastern Regional Public Safety Institute
  • Holtz Learning Centers
  • Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center
  • Virginia State Police Academy

Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS)

  • Request an official letter on letterhead with a wet ink signature or a transcript.

  • Credit awarded CJUS 3XX (6 credits)


Liberty University recommends the "Intro to Criminal Justice" exam, for those who are hoping to achieve credit for CJUS 200. DSST exams are offered nationally at approved testing centers. Please review a fact sheet to see the objectives of the test. Also, please review the LU minimum required score.


Portfolio assessment is offered for advanced police training.   However, a portfolio may not be advisable, if the student has already earned a significant number of elective credit.  GEED 205 is required prior to portfolio submission.  Students must demonstrate college level competencies in the area of law enforcement and criminal justice to receive credit by portfolio. Most law enforcement training is not equivalent to courses in the Criminal Justice major and will most likely be awarded elective credit.


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.