How It Works
How can I make my experience count for college credit?
With MontanaPLA Finish Faster, you can earn credit by creating petitions to have your work or life experience assessed at one of Montana's Participating Colleges. Once you register for an account you will be guided along an intuitive, streamlined and user-friendly process. Below is a general outline of key steps in the journey you will take while seeking credit for your prior learning.
- Getting Started
Building Your Profile
After you have verified your account, one of the first things you will do is build your profile so that when an advisor contacts you, they will have a general idea of who you are. It's a simple seven step process that will take minutes!
Selecting a Target Institution
While building your profile, one of the most important steps is identifying one of the Participating Colleges as your target institution.
Getting to Know Your Dashboard
Once you have finished building your profile, you will be introduced to your dashboard. This is a command center where you will be able to create and manage petitions for credit, check your recent activity, view notifications, and edit your profile. Your dashboard will let you know exactly what is going on during each step of the petition process.
Creating and Submitting Your Request
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By starting a petition for credit you are only a couple of steps away from being able to get in touch with an advisor at your target institution.
While creating your request, you can search courses by using a keyword search tool. You can select up to five courses that you feel are a good match to your prior learning. If you are unsure of what course(s) to select, you can still submit a request to an advisor. It's that easy!
Submitting Your Application
An advisor at your target institution will contact you and provide one-on-one counseling about your petition using our built in Message Center. As your advisor works with you, you will discuss your prior learning experience as well as help determine the course that is the best match for you to earn credit. Once you select the right course and submit your final application, your advisor will determine whether or not you are a candidate to participate in formal assessment for prior learning credit.
Building and Submitting Your E-Portfolio
Upon paying a nominal assessment fee, you can begin your e-portfolio. There are several building blocks to creating your e-portfolio such as your reason for petition, resume, personal essay, and any other supporting documents that you believe will help an assessor with their evaluation. You will receive a copy of our portfolio guidelines when you create a petition. An E-Portfolio Video tutorial is also available to guide you through the process of creating an e-portfolio. Once you have completed your required items you can submit your e-portfolio to be assessed.
E-Portfolio Review and Transcription
Upon receipt of your submission, your assessor will evaluate your e-portfolio, deliberate with additional approving bodies, if applicable, and notify you of the decision to approve or deny your petition. If your petition is denied, you will be notified and informed of the reason. If it is approved, you will be notified and your advisor will confirm that the transcription process has been completed for your petition for credit. You will be contacted by your target institution if any further steps are needed.
- Credit Awarded