Prior Learning Assessment for Human Resources

Professional Certification

Fax the completed PLA Application and a copy of the credential to 434-455-1286 to receive an evaluation.

Liberty University has approved credit for the following HR certifications:

Workforce Training

The following workforce training providers have received college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education.   Please request an official transcript to be sent to Liberty University. Credit awards will be determined by a Liberty Prior Learning Assessor.

  • Boston University Corporate Education Center
  • Credit Union National Association
  • eCornell
  • Penn Foster College
  • MWR Academy, U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command
  • Synergistics Corporate Training, Inc.
  • U.S. Office of Personnel
  • Villanova Certificate in Human Resource Management

Dantes Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

The DSST exam is the preferred assessment method for HR professionals who do not have the approved certification or training.  Liberty University awards credit for the Human Resource Management exam.  Please review the Liberty minimum required score.  We also recommend the fact sheet which explains the content of the exam and provides sample test questions. DSST exams are offered nationally through DSST approved testing centers.


The DSST exam is the preferred assessment method for HR professionals who do not have certification.  Portfolio assessment may be recommended for other business subjects such as Business Communication and Business Management.  Portfolios must demonstrate college-level competencies.  Portfolios must also include documentation that supports college level competencies. 


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.