Prior Learning Assessment for Financial Planning

Professional Certifications

Liberty University has approved credit for the following certifications.  Please fax the completed PLA Application and a copy of the certification or exam scores to 434-455-1286.

  • Certified Financial Planner: BUSI 223 = 3 credit hours 
  • Series 7: BUSI 420 = 3 credits 
  • Other exams: BUSI 2XX = 3 credits each 
  • Limited to 12 credits

Workforce Training

The American Council on Education has recommended college credit for the following training providers.  Please request an official transcript to be sent to Liberty University.

  • A.G. Edwards, now Wells Fargo
  • American Society of Pension Professionals
  • College for Financial Planning
  • Fidelity Investments


Portfolio assessment is only recommended to those who have strong skills in the area of finance and investing.  Please contact the Portfolio Coordinator to request a copy of the competencies for the following courses. 

  • BUSI 223 (Personal Finance)
  • BUSI 420 (Investments)


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.