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Competency-Based Equivalency (CBE) Portfolio

The Organizational Learning & Performance Department at Idaho State University offers students who have a minimum of 10,000 hours of work experience the opportunity to complete a CBE Portfolio and apply for 24 Competency-Based Equivalency (CBE) credits that can be used as electives in the B.S. Workplace Training & Leadership program.

We recognize the value and importance of knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and during work experiences. Workplace competencies include the knowledge and skills acquired within specific work experiences. The CBE Portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities you acquired in the workplace in each of ten competencies.

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CBE Steps and Timeline (Spring and Fall Semesters)

  1. Complete the CBE Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Petition. Your petition must be submitted before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 2. Late submissions will not be reviewed until the following semester. Be sure to use the “How to Complete the CBE PLA Petition” listed below to help you correctly complete the form. After you finish the document, it will be sent to the others to sign, the others will sign, and it will be submitted to the OLP department and then to the PLA Office. 
  2. Complete your CBE portfolio before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 8. Late submissions will not be reviewed until the following semester. The CBE Portfolio Template is listed below. 
  3. Optional but recommended: Submit your CBE portfolio to your advisor to review it before you submit it before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 5
  4. Submit the CBE Cover Page with your CBE Portfolio attached before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 8. Be sure to use the “How to Complete the DocuSign CBE Cover Page and Portfolio Submission” PDF handout listed below to help you correctly complete the form. After you finish the document, it will be sent to the others to sign, the others will sign, and it will be submitted to the OLP department and then to the PLA Office. 
  5. You will receive an email with the results of your CBE portfolio review by the end of week 13 from olp@isu.edu.

CBE Steps and Timeline (Summer Semester)

  1. Complete the CBE Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Petition. Your petition must be submitted before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 1. Late submissions will not be reviewed until the following semester. Be sure to use the “How to Complete the CBE PLA Petition” handout listed below to help you correctly complete the form. After you finish the document, it will be sent to the others to sign, the others will sign, and it will be submitted to the OLP department and then to the PLA Office. 
  2. Complete your CBE portfolio before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 5. Late submissions will not be reviewed until the following semester. The CBE Portfolio Template is listed below. 
  3. Optional but recommended: Submit your CBE portfolio to your advisor to review it before you submit it before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 2
    • Your advisor may not be available to review your CBE in the summer. Check with your advisor to see if you should submit your CBE for review during the spring semester. 
  4. Submit the CBE Cover Page with your CBE Portfolio attached before Sunday at 11:59 p.m. in week 5. Be sure to use the “How to Complete the DocuSign CBE Cover Page and Portfolio Submission” PDF handout listed below to help you correctly complete the form. After you finish the document, it will be sent to the others to sign, the others will sign, and it will be submitted to the OLP department and then to the PLA Office. 
  5. You will receive an email with the results of your CBE portfolio review by the end of week 8 from olp@isu.edu.

CBE Frequently Asked Questions