Credit for Comparable Education, Training, and Experience
Credit for Comparable Education and Training
At the school’s discretion, credit may be granted to a transfer student for comparable education and training. This credit may be based on approved coursework from other recognized schools or training facilities (when course descriptions match closely), or from the results of evaluation tests (when the course descriptions do not match closely enough). These examinations may be written, practical, or a combination of both, depending on the area being evaluated.
Prior Learning Assessment
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is a member of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Consortium. As such, PIA evaluates experiential learning and prior education based upon Advanced Placement (AP) courses, military training/experience, industry training programs, and professional licenses/certifications. Assessment of credit toward PIA degree and non-degree programs can be through a recognized national evaluation (CLEP, DANTES, ACE), a school challenge examination, or through a skill demonstration. A maximum of 16 credit hours may be granted through College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit awarded for comparable education/training is limited to 50% of the total program credit hours.
Under the PLA program, the Director of Education reviews each transcript(s) and/or exam result(s) to assign the appropriate credit. The transfer student is responsible for furnishing all required training documentation, test scores, and/or transcripts to the school for evaluation.
Regardless of the amount of credit awarded for previous education and training, a minimum of 25% must be completed in-residence in order to receive an Associates in Specialized Technology Degree or diploma/certificate from PIA.