How to Request College Credit for Certain Certifications and Professional Programs

American Council on Education
In order to provide the transcript that your school requires, you will have to enroll in the American Council on Education’s transcript service.

After you have registered with the transcript service, browse the American Council on Education course catalog and add the exams that you have passed to the course list.

As you do, you will have to provide the date on which you received each certification.

When you have completed this process, you can click the Send Your Record for Review button. This will cause the information that you provided to be sent for verification.

For more information about ACE CREDIT, visit:
ACE CREDIT website
ACE Types of CREDIT Reviews: Course Reviews
ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training
ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training
ACE Transcript Registry

National College Credit Recommendation Service
You may be eligible to receive college credit through  The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has established credit recommendations for the Microsoft Certification exams and Professional Programs.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
CLEP, the College Level Exam Program, is the most widely accepted “life experience” challenge exam program. More than 2,900 accredited colleges, both residential schools and online schools, accept CLEP test results for undergraduate degree credit. The CLEP program features 33 single-subject college exams and five general exams.

Single-subject exams cover material that is covered in a single college course. For example, the College Algebra CLEP covers the material commonly taught during an introductory course in college algebra.

The cost for each CLEP is $80—a fraction of the cost of tuition for a single college course.

The five general CLEP exams cover freshman-level knowledge in English composition, humanities, college mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences. If all five general exams are passed, up to 30 college credits may be awarded—the equivalent of an entire year of college!  For more information about CLEP exams, contact: The College Board, 800-257-9558.

DSST Standardized Subject Tests
DSST originally began as DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support). Now DSST, which stands for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, offers tests available to the public. Thirty-eight subject-specific exams cover business, social science, humanities, math and the physical sciences. Cost: $80 per exam.  Contact: DSST Program Office, 877-471-9860.

Department of Defense (DoD) 
For compliance with DoD 8570.01-M, as of January 1, 2011, the U.S. DoD no longer recognizes CompTIA’s good-for-life (GFL) certifications.

Individuals certified after December 31, 2010, are in compliance with DoD 8570.01-M for three years from their certification date and are automatically enrolled in the CompTIA CE Program. Note that CE Program participants must pay an annual fee as part of their successful program completion.

CE tokens
DoD components may purchase bulk tokens from CompTIA that can be used by employees to pay their annual CE fees. Check with your manager or component POC to find out if you’re eligible for a token. CE tokens do not expire and are non-refundable. 

Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
You may be required to keep your CompTIA certification status updated in the DMDC. 

Credit for Prior Learning
Many colleges and universities evaluate the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside of the classroom for college credit. This evaluation is called credit for prior learning, but it may also be referred to as a “prior learning assessment” or “experiential learning.” Visit the ACE site for more information.

There are many programs and services available to help you earn credit for your workplace training, military service, and other experiential learning and apply it to a degree program.

Examples of prior learning include:

  • Workplace training
  • Military training and service
  • Independent study
  • Professional certifications
  • Examinations (national exams, such as AP, IB, CLEP, DSST, Excelsior & UExcel exams)
  • Civic activities
  • Volunteer service

College credit through CPL can help you:

  • Save time and money: CPL can shorten your time to obtain your degree and lower the cost of tuition.
  • Accelerate your academic progress: You’ll be able to take higher level courses sooner.
  • Develop your resume: You can demonstrate to employers that your prior learning adds valuable skills.

Learning Counts
College credit for what you already know with LearningCounts.
LearningCounts is a Prior Learning Assessment program offered to higher education institutions.