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

FAQs Answers to FAQs About Transcripts & College Credit Recommendations

How are CREDIT recommendations used?
CREDIT recommendations are used primarily to obtain college credit or advanced college placement. It also may be possible to use the credit recommendations for entry into new areas for employment, job advancement, salary benefits, and personal assessment.

How do I find out if my training has earned ACE CREDIT recommendations?
CREDIT recommendations for examinations and certifications are listed in the National Guide alongside their active organizations who provided the training. Inactive organizations that have been evaluated by CREDIT may also have earned ACE CREDIT recommendations, though they are not listed in the National Guide. If you served in a branch of the military, be sure to also check if ACE has evaluated your military training.

Do I automatically earn college credit when I successfully complete a course or examination that has been reviewed by ACE?
No. Successful completion of such a course or examination results in actual course credit only when the course is accepted toward a degree or certificate at a postsecondary institution. If you have already taken one of the courses or examinations, or plan to take one, you should contact the admissions office at the college you plan to attend to determine the acceptability of the course for academic credit.

If my organization is listed, how can I get documentation for my training?
You can access the ACE CREDIT Registry and Transcript Service for information.

How much credit is each course or examination worth?
We review each course or examination individually and publish the resulting college credit recommendation in our National Guide. Admissions officials and registrars will evaluate your ACE transcript to determine the number of credits they will accept at their institution when you apply for a program of study.

If an institution is listed as in the ACE CREDIT College and University Network, is it compelled to accept credit recommendations?
No. ACE makes credit recommendations. The ACE CREDIT College and University Network agree to consider our recommendations.

A college is not required to grant as much credit as is recommended by the evaluators, nor is a college limited to granting only that recommended amount of credit. Some institutions may choose to waive a particular course based on the recommendations instead of granting credit hours for your prior learning. Each institution, and, in many cases, each academic unit and department within each institution, sets its own policies for granting credit.

What should I do if a college or university rejects credit recommendations for a course or examination that I have taken?
First, find out the reason for the rejection. Is it because the course content does not fit into the curriculum and you have no room left for elective credit in your degree? Or have you already reached the limit of transfer credits that the college will accept? If the answer is yes, it is unlikely you can do much.

However, if the rejection is the result of a departmental or institutional policy not to accept any non-collegiate credit, you might want to consider writing a carefully thought-out letter of appeal to the academic dean or provost at the college.

In addition, you should contact us so that we can provide the recipient of your letter with additional information on the course and examination review process. You may contact our office through e-mail at, by calling (202) 939-9434, or by writing to the College Credit Recommendation Service, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036.