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Charter Oak celebrated Constitution Day 2015 with Online Lecture
History professor Dr. Richard Gerber presented "The 14th Amendment - Then & Now"

Evening Event: Hiring Trends & Hot Jobs
Feed your Career with Dinner & this Presentation: "Hiring Trends & Hot Jobs" by Patrick Flaherty (CTDOL) on 10/7

Learning Studio Nights @ Charter Oak: Work, Study, Engage
Need to study away from distractions? Come to our Learning Studio Nights! Study, work, & get academic coaching! Events on 10/14, 10/28 & more!

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Credential Evaluation

Do you have a professional license or credential issued by a state, national or professional organization that required a proctored exam? If so, you may have demonstrated college-level learning that you acquired in preparation for the exam. Our faculty assessors may be able to reverse-engineer the exam and make a credit recommendation for the college course(s) that the learning is equivalent to.

You must be able to supply sufficient information about the content of the examination in order to request evaluation. Credentials submitted for evaluation must be issued by a state, national or professional organization and obtained through a single qualification exam. Certificates of attendance, non-credit courses, and multi-course programs are not eligible for credential evaluation. Charter Oak accepts credit recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE), Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP), and National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS); there is no need to submit a credential for evaluation if it has been evaluated through one of those processes.

Credentials that have been Evaluated

Information on the Credit Recommendations for credentials previously evaluated is being made available on the Credentials Evaluated page.

Application and Fees

The application form, with a link to current fees, can be found in the student forms section of Acorn which is accessible to guests. Contact the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Office with any questions.

Points to Consider

  • Discuss your plan with your Academic Advisor. If you already have credit in the subject area of the exam, there is a risk that credit awarded through this process may duplicate some credit already on your transcript.
  • Credit awarded is based on equivalency between college course content and the knowledge assessed on the certification or licensure exam.
  • Your experience is not factored into the assessment, because we look at the exam only, not the training you've had. Your experience may cover a wider range of knowledge than the exam, but the credit recommendation will only be for the content covered by the exam. If you wish to pursue credit for additional learning obtained through your experience, explore the Portfolio Program.
  • Course equivalencies are determined by the faculty assessor and cannot be specified by the student. If you require credit for a particular course, then the Portfolio Program may be a better fit for your needs.