Getting Started with ACE Learning Evaluations

About ACE Learning Evaluations

​ACE Learning Evaluations empowers businesses, employer training programs, apprenticeships, and other nontraditional learning experiences. Credit for prior learning has the transformative power to unlock new opportunities for higher education and businesses.

Through Learning Evaluations, employers can provide an educational benefit that improves their bottom line through employee satisfaction, retention, and upskilling. As competition in workplace learning continues to intensify, Learning Evaluations gives organizations an edge through trusted validation and college credit recommendations that can be applied toward college or university credentials.

An organization may be eligible for a review if it offers:

  • Workplace training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Standardized exams
  • Other experiential learning beyond the classroom
Using ACE recommendations may allow organizations to:

  • Lower cost on employee tuition benefits
  • Increase employee credential attainment
  • Foster a skilled and motivated workforce

Explore the resources on this page to learn about the process to request an ACE review.
The ACE Learning Evaluations Process

An ACE Learning Evaluations review is conducted by highly specialized faculty evaluators who review an organizations workplace learning programs according to established criteria. Training programs that meet the appropriate standards will receive college credit recommendations, which colleges and universities can then use to award credit. Learning Evaluations can also identify workplace-relevant competencies and document them through digital badges.

To get started with Learning Evaluations, follow these steps:

1. Determine Eligibility

Use the Review Eligibility Checklist to determine whether your organization’s educational program is compatible with ACE review standards. 

2. Consult with the ACE Learning Evaluations Team

Fill out the brief contact form, and the Learning Evaluations team will then schedule a consultation. During the consultation, ACE will provide a comprehensive overview of the eligibility standards, confirm your organization's eligibility, and obtain any additional information needed to move forward with the application process.

3. Apply for a Review

Prior to scheduling an evaluation, your organization must submit an application and sign an order form. Access to our online portalthrough which applications and order forms are managedwill be provided after the consultation meeting.

A Learning Evaluations review takes approximately 90 days to complete after the application has been successfully submitted.

Preparing for Review

To ensure a successful review experience, ACE Learning Evaluations provides dedicated portfolio managers to guide organizations through the following review phases:

1. Review Readiness

Prior to scheduling a review, the organization must participate in a review readiness meeting to confirm that their training programs and available documentation align with Learning Evaluations' strict academic standards. This can be conducted either virtually or at the organizations headquarters, and it is led by ACE staff. ACE will undertake a comprehensive examination of the organizations instructional strategies, academic record keeping, and policies and procedures.

Organizations are required to demonstrate that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria every three years in order to maintain participation in the program.

2. Review Scheduling and Preparation

Once readiness is approved, ACE will schedule the official review and coordinate the selection of faculty evaluators. Coordination and planning meetings with the ACE team are required during this phase.

3. Review Completion, Final Report, and Publishing

The faculty-led review can take place either virtually or onsite depending on the requirements of the experience.

Upon completion of a review, a final report is provided within 30 business days that will include any college credit recommendations as well as feedback from the faculty evaluators.

All credit recommendations are published on the ACE National Guide, an online database used by colleges and universities nationwide to offer transfer credit for prior learning experiences.


 The ACE National Guide

Discover corporate training, certifications, exams, and alternative educational programs with ACE credit recommendations and validated competencies.

The National Guide