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Adult Learners: Using Your ACE Credit Recommendations

December 30, 1899

What you need to know about ACE credit recommendations

​What is an ACE credit recommendation?

An ACE credit recommendation represents college-level equivalencies based on a review of workforce training, military training or occupations, and other sources of learning outside the college classroom, such as national exams and certifications. The ACE Review is carried out by a team of faculty evaluators that decide if the learning experience has similar outcomes to a college course. The recommendation identifies and describes the discipline, the level of learning, and the number of credit hours. 

​What is an ACE transcript and how is it used?

ACE transcripts document and verify that you have successfully completed training or examinations with ACE credit recommendations. Many people use their ACE transcripts to obtain college credit or advanced placement in a degree program. It also may be possible to use your ACE transcript with ACE credit recommendations for entry into new areas for employment, job advancement, salary benefits, and personal assessment.

Through its Registry and Transcript Service, ACE provides an official transcript to participants who successfully complete a course, examination or certification that has an ACE credit recommendation: Registry and Transcript System.

What does an ACE transcript include? 

An ACE transcript includes your training with ACE credit recommendations.  You may have other training or learning experiences that ACE has not reviewed. These would not be included on an ACE transcript. However, many colleges and universities have transfer policies and prior learning assessment programs that provide opportunities for you to submit those learning experiences for potential college credit: More about prior learning assessment.

​How can I find training programs with ACE credit recommendations?

ACE has reviewed and provided academic credit recommendations for more than 35,000 courses, examinations, and certifications offered by more than 600 organizations, including employers, federal agencies, professional associations, apprenticeship programs, online education vendors, and other organizations.

CREDIT recommendations for courses, examinations, and certifications are listed in the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training under organizations that provided the training. Visit our Guide Online to find out if you have completed courses or exams with ACE credit recommendations: National Guide Online.

When you access the link you will see each organization that is on file with ACE according to the letters of the alphabet. Click on an organization link to find an overview of the organization as well as a listing of courses or examinations with ACE credit recommendations. You can then click on each item to see a description and the ACE credit recommendation.

You can find all organizations that have been evaluated by ACE CREDIT and courses, examinations, and certifications with credit recommendations by using the following search tool:  Search for my credits.

If you served in a branch of the military, be sure to also check if ACE has evaluated your military training or occupation: Military Guide.

To learn more about using your military credit recommendations, read the following guide: A Transfer Guide: Understanding Your Military Credit Recommendations.

To learn more about accessing and requesting your military transcript, go to: Military Transcripts.

​How do I apply my ACE credit recommendations to a degree program at a college or university?

If you have already earned a certification or taken a course or examination, you should contact the admissions office at the college you plan to attend to find out if credit is available.

​How do I find out which colleges accept ACE credit recommendations?

The ACE Credit College and University Network is a group of more than 2,000 colleges that have agreed to consider ACE credit recommendations.  Each institution reviews the recommendations and determines if and how specific recommendations may meet requirements for the degree programs in which you are enrolled. However, they are not required to award credit. Some schools may choose to waive a particular course based on the recommendations instead of granting credit hours for your prior learning. Each institution, and, in many cases, each academic unit and department within each institution, sets its own policies for granting credit.

To find a Network college, please visit: ACE Credit College and University Network.

​How do colleges make decisions about the transfer of ACE credit recommendations?

Academic deans, department chairs, and provosts make decisions about their institution’s transfer policies. They consider the ways in which the training compares to their course offerings and the fit to the student’s degree program.  A college may also determine transfer policies based on standards of regional or professional accrediting bodies.  See:  What is Accreditation?

If you have already completed one of the courses or examinations, or plan to take one, you should contact the admissions office at the college you plan to attend to determine the acceptability of the course for academic credit.

​What should I do if the college does not accept my ACE credit recommendations?

If a college has denied your request to transfer your ACE credit recommendations, you could try to appeal the decision. Every college has an appeal process, which is often described in the college catalog. Find out what documentation you will need to provide and to whom you should direct your appeal. The college may request that you provide additional information about your training, such as a syllabus.

If the college is not familiar with ACE credit recommendations and transcripts, the CEAI Resource Center can provide additional information.

ACE’s CEAI Resource Center also provides services to assist you in the application of your ACE credit recommendations.  If a college has denied your request to transfer your ACE credit recommendations, you can contact the Resource Center for assistance by completing the online form.

You can also call the Resource Center toll-free number at 866-205-6267.

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