Credit for Certifications

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Your Professional Certifications and Training Could Translate Into College Credit.

If you have completed a professional certification or training, you may be eligible for undergraduate college credit through one or more of the following:*

American Council on Education (ACE)

ACE makes credit recommendations for formal educational examinations, programs, and courses offered by organizations for their employees, members, or customers. These organizations include business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies. The credit recommendations are intended to guide colleges and universities as they consider awarding credit.

For more information about ACE-reviewed certifications and examinations, visit the ACE website.

Official ACE Transcript

You can also request an official American Council on Education (ACE) transcript be sent to Kaplan University verifying your certification.

Instructions:

  • Register for the ACE Credit Online Transcript System.
  • Search the ACE Course Catalog for the exams you have passed. Microsoft Office Specialist exams are listed under Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Program.
  • Add the exams that you have passed to your ACE course list. You will need to enter the date that you received each certification.
  • Select Send Your Record for Review. Your information will be sent to Certiport for verification. After your courses have been verified by Certiport, you will receive confirmation from ACE by email. You can then access your updated ACE transcript.
  • Submit a transcript request to ACE once you log into the ACE website. ACE will send your official ACE transcript to Kaplan University. You will need to pay a one-time fee (currently $40.00) to activate your ACE transcript account; the fee covers the cost of your first transcript. Additional transcripts can be requested for a nominal fee.
  • Request transcripts be sent to:
    Kaplan University Prior Learning Assessment Center
    550 West Van Buren, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60607

Reviewed Professional Learning

Reviewed professional learning consists of transcribed coursework from a professional or nonacademic environment that has been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE) or Kaplan University staff using ACE guidelines and determined to be college level. Eligible coursework may include formal educational examinations, programs, and courses offered by organizations for their employees, members, or customers. These organizations may include business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies.  

Other Eligible Training and Certifications

Kaplan University awards transferrable college credit for some corporate training programs and professional certifications, including:

IT Certification Examinations (within the past 3 years)
Microsoft Cisco Systems, Inc. CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) Oracle
CompTIA Novell CWNP (Certified Wireless Network Professional) (ISC)2
Guidance Software EnCase GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification)  
Click here to view a full listing of approved IT Certifications and Exams
Criminal Justice Training 
State-approved basic police officer training. 

Download the Criminal Justice Certification and Training Record Verification Form

Download the Fire Science Certification Verification Form
Medical Assistant Credentials 
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
Download the Certified Medical Assistant and/or Registered Medical Assistant Credentials Verification Form

 

Please contact your Education Advisor for additional information.


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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

In the 2014 2015 academic year, Kaplan University online and campus students (excluding military) who started and used prior learning credits shortened their program by an average of 38%. Individual experiences will vary. Speak to an Admissions Advisor to see how many credits you may be eligible for.