Portfolio allows students to request course credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, cooperative (co-op) education and/or training. Lone Star College will not award credit based solely on years of employment. Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of learning objectives for the course credit requested. In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge.
Advisors will verify students meet general PLA criteria then refer them to a program contact (faculty, department chair or dean). In this process, students interact closely with a program contact to complete the following:
Determine whether credit assessment through portfolio is suitable
Identify eligibility requirements specific to portfolio assessment
Review LSC course learning objectives that must be mastered through the prior learning experience
Receive guidance on documenting learning and collecting evidence
Courses Approved for Credit
Portfolio is a suitable credit assessment option for a number of courses. PLA by portfolio is not limited to the academic programs and courses listed below. Students must speak with a program contact to identify course credit opportunities within a content area.
Eligibility Requirements - Students must have the following National Emergency Training Center (NFA), International Association of Fire Fighters and Dept. of Homeland Security certificates:
NFA - Recognizing and Identifying Hazardous Materials
NFA - An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
Dept. Homeland Security - WMD Unified Command
International Association of Fire Fighters - Incident Management Certificate
Certificate from the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies (ICDS)
Pursuing an AAS degree in Human Services
If you have successfully completed the following courses at ICD, you may qualify to apply for up to 15 credit hours by portfolio. Please contact your Human Services faculty or the department chair for more information.
Course Required at ICDS for Basic Certificate
Lone Star Course Recommended
The Basics of Addiction Counseling & The Physiology of Addiction