How It Works

How can I make my experience count for college credit?

With FastPathOhio, you can earn credit by creating petitions to have your work or life learning experiences assessed at one of the 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 created your account, one of the first things you will do is build your profile so that when an advisor contacts you, he or she will have a general idea of who you are and what you have accomplished. It’s a simple process that will only take minutes!

  • Selecting a Target Institution

    While building your profile, one of the most important steps is identifying one of Ohio’s 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

    This is why you are here right? That’s what we thought!

    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 for which you can possibly get college credit 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. 

  • 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

    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. Once you have completed your required items you can submit your e-portfolio to be assessed.

  • E-Portfolio Review and Transcription

    Once you submit your e-portfolio, a faculty assessor will evaluate it and notify you of the decision to either approve or deny your application for prior learning credit for the particular class you chose. If approved, your PLA advisor will confirm that the transcription process has been completed and that the course is listed on your transcript with a grade indicating you are being awarded credit for the class.

    If any further action by you is needed, you will be contacted.  Please note:  Check with your institution to determine the maximum number of PLA credits you can earn, not including transfer credits.

  • Credit Awarded