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.
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.