ACE: American Council on Education, CREDIT: College Credit Recommendation Service

FAQs Answers to FAQs About the National Guide

What is the National Guide?
The National Guide is a compilation of college credit recommendations of organizational courses or examinations that CREDIT has evaluated. As a resource for higher education, it provides a link between workplace learning and higher education.

Who is listed in the National Guide?
Many organizations in the United States conduct a wide range of high-quality educational programs for their employees or members, but only those who have requested our review and received our recommendation are listed in the National Guide.

What if a course or exam I completed isn’t listed in the National Guide?
Courses or organizations that are not listed in the National Guide may not have been evaluated by ACE. The National Guide is constantly being updated as new courses and examinations are evaluated.

What if my organization is listed, but the course or exam I took with that organization is not?
The organization hasn’t submitted it to ACE for review.

How do I locate a course?
You can conduct a search by course or exam title, keyword, or organization name.

What are the categories of credit recommendations?
Vocational Certificate: This includes coursework normally found in year-long certificate or diploma programs that are designed to provide students with occupational skills. In many two-year institutions, this type of coursework also is found in curricula leading to associate degrees in technical programs. Course content is specialized, and the accompanying training emphasizes procedural rather than analytical skills.

Lower Division Baccalaureate/Associate Degree: This includes coursework found in programs leading to the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, and in introductory-level coursework normally found in baccalaureate programs. The emphasis is on learning basic principles that have broad, judgmental applications.

Upper Division Baccalaureate Degree: This includes coursework that’s usually completed during the last two years of a baccalaureate program. The courses generally involve specialization of a theoretical or analytical nature beyond the introductory level.

Graduate Degree: This includes coursework leading to a graduate degree. The courses tend to be oriented toward independent study, original research, critical analysis, and the scholarly and professional application of the specialized knowledge within a discipline.