ACE Apprenticeship Pathways


​​​​For decades, ACE has been a leader in broadening the range of alternative educational experiences eligible for college credit. Apprenticeship programs are now included among the educational experiences eligible for ACE's rigorous review process.

Utilizing new standards developed during a 2021 pilot project, our faculty consultants determine college-level equivalencies and workplace competencies for the apprenticeship programs ACE evaluates.

ACE is also developing tools and resources for postsecondary education institutions,​ employers, learners, and providers of apprenticeship programs. These resources will help enhance academic and professional offerings and better assist apprentices in applying their experience toward educational and professional advancement.

Apprenticeship programs interested in an ACE evaluation are encouraged to connect with us to learn more about the process, costs, and benefits of participation.

Why Have Your Apprenticeship Program Evaluated?

ACE Apprenticeship Pathways supports learners, employers, and postsecondary institutions by expanding workforce and educational opportunities for learners who have participated in high-quality apprenticeship programs.

An ACE-evaluated program allows you to:

  • Promote your validated program to attract new apprenticeship candidates
  • Provide an accelerated pathway to postsecondary credentials for your apprentices
  • Retain personnel by investing in professional development
  • Affirm the value and quality of apprenticeship training

An ACE Learning Evaluation is a thorough process in which a team of faculty evaluators from relevant academic disciplines review the learning and experience that apprentices receive from an apprenticeship program.​​

If appropriate, the team recommends college credit equivalencies that apprentices may be eligible to transfer to degree and certification programs at postsecondary institutions. The evaluation may also recommend workplace competencies for employment and job advancement opportunities.

Leverage the ACE apprenticeship evaluation process to validate your program and present a unique edge that sets you apart from the rest.

Getting Started

The initial steps for initiating a review are:

  • Schedule a discovery call with the ACE team to learn more about the eligibility requirements, fees for evaluations, and benefits of an ACE evaluation. Download this customized template (PDF) to make the case inside your organization for having your apprenticeship program evaluated.
  • Receive, review, and sign a contract and statement of work that describes the roles and responsibilities for preparation, execution, and fees associated with the evaluation process.
  • Complete and submit required application documents, which may include program outlines and entry requirements; on-the-job training rubrics; and detailed information about the instructional methods, assessments, and resources used in the training program.
  • Upon completion of the evaluation, participating organizations will receive a final report documenting the faculty reviewers' findings and appropriate college credit recommendations, if applicable.
  • Results from the evaluation are represented on the ACE National Guide and are accompanied by digital credentials through Credly in the form of badges and transcripts.

Contact the ACE team today to learn more about how your program can be evaluated—complete the form on this page to get started!

Apprenticeship Pathways Pilot

With generous support from the Charles Koch Foundation, ACE gathered thought partners and industry leaders to establish guidelines, develop clear connections to educational and career opportunities, and evaluate a pilot group of apprenticeship programs (participants) for college credit and workplace competencies based on input from institutions and employers. The results of these evaluations are represented in ACE-endorsed badges and transcripts on the Credly platform, which translates learners' knowledge, skills, and achievements into digital credentials.

 Pilot Participants

ACE selected high-quality apprenticeship programs to participate in a pilot evaluate process. These participants meet strict program requirements to be eligible for evaluation services. Many of these organizations are also recognized by the Department of Labor as a Registered Apprenticeship Program and have met strict industry standards. ​

The participants for the Apprenticeship Pathways pilot evaluations included:

Pro​grams that are not among this pilot group may begin participating in evaluation services, for a fee. For more information, please use the form on this page to connect with us today!​

 Pilot Postsecondary Institutions

A group of seven colleges and universities agreed to participate in our pilot by accepting credit recommendations from students who complete apprenticeship programs through our participating organizations. Their participation and thought leadership leverages the impact of apprenticeship programs in education and informs the development of a future connected learning network of apprenticeship providers, learners, and postsecondary institutions. 

​The institutions participating in the ACE Apprenticeship Pathways pilot included:

Colleges and universities not among this pilot group may still articulate apprenticeship credit recommendations toward degree or certification programs. For more information, please use the form on this page to connect with us today!​

 Steering Committee

The steering committee assisted ACE with​ establishing guiding principles and rubrics to appropriately evaluate apprenticeship programs. Additionally, the committee made recommendations that promote the adoption of credit for prior learning best practices at postsecondary education institutions.

  • Zach Boren, Urban Institute
  • Anne Hoeltke, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Deborah Kobes, JFF Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning
  • Michele Mills Ajayi, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Terry Rhodes, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Andrew Tonsing, Charles Koch Foundation
  • Jose Velazquez, Intelligent Partnerships, Inc.
About ACE Learning Evaluations

​ACE Learning Evaluations seeks to improve the economic mobility of independent learners by connecting traditional and nontraditional educational experiences to meaningful degree and employment opportunities. ACE has been dedicated to lifelong learning for more than 100 years through the contribution of research, alternative education resources, validated learning and evaluations, quality assurance, and thought leadership in the area of credit for prior learning.

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To learn more about having your apprenticeship program evaluated for potential college credit, please complete the form below.

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