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Credit For Credentials

Can I Receive Credit For My Credential?

  • Do you have a professional license or credential?
  • Was it issued by a governmental agency or professional organization?
  • Did you take a proctored exam to earn it?
  • Is information available about the content of the exam?
  • Did the credentialing process verify college-level learning?
  • Does your degree plan have room for the subject area and division level of that learning?

If you answered "yes" to the above questions, then consider pursuing credit for your credential.

How Much Credit Is My Credential Worth?

How Do I Pursue Credit For My Credential?

I Didn't Find My Credential Listed But It's Been Reviewed For Credit

Charter Oak is one of the founding members of the Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE) and may be able to award credit for credentials reviewed by other member institutions. If you think your credential has already been reviewed for credit, contact the PLA Office and provide the exact name of the credential and issuing agency with your date of completion.

I Have A Credential That Has Not Been Reviewed For Credit

If your credential meets the eligibility criteria listed at the top of this page, then submit a Credential Credit Application.

  • Charter Oak students: Log in to the ACORN Student Portal and look in the PLA forms section in Student Self Service.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

What Else Should I Consider?

  • Discuss your plan with your Academic Counselor.
    • Any credit awarded should fit into your degree plan.
    • You cannot be awarded credit that duplicates credit already on your transcript.
  • Any credit awarded is based on the equivalency between college course content and division level and the knowledge verified by the credentialing process.
  • Your professional experience may cover a wider range of knowledge than the credential verifies.
    • If you wish to pursue credit for broader learning, explore the Portfolio Program.
    • If you require credit for a particular course, the Portfolio Program may be a better fit for your needs.
  • If you are not a Charter Oak student, then you will also need to use the Credit Registry service for a transcript.