Earning Credit for Professional Training

Thomas Edison State University can help you finish your degree faster by awarding you college credit for professional training programs you have completed through your profession.

Students may be able to earn credit for professional licenses and certifications; apprenticeships and courses taken at the workplace; through corporations, government agencies, professional associations or unions; or through specialized training programs that have been evaluated for college credit by the University's Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning or an institutional member of the Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE). The University also accepts credits for reviews completed by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, or by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) program.

The University is also a member of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC) which gives an opportunity for students who have completed a registered apprenticeship from one of the member programs to transfer assessed program credits. You can access a list of participating registered apprenticeship programs as well as learn more about the RACC at http://www.doleta.gov/oa/racc.cfm.

At Thomas Edison State University, students may apply these credits to any part of a degree program, including the area of study, as long as they are appropriate and do not exceed the limitation of transferable credits from any one source, and provided they successfully complete courses and submit appropriate documentation.

For licenses or certificates, this documentation is frequently a notarized copy of the license or certificate and a current renewal card where appropriate. Additional documentation may be required. For Thomas Edison State University-assessed credentials, complete and submit this cover sheet with your documentation.

Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning

The mission of the Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning (OAPWL) is to expand access to higher education to adult learners by creating a pathway from workplace and other non-college training to a college education. OAPWL assesses prior learning on a programmatic rather than individual basis, evaluating courses, licenses, certifications, apprenticeships and exams offered by corporations, government agencies, labor unions, and professional associations to determine college-level learning and awards credit for the college-level learning acquired through the completion of those programs.

Those interested in using their Thomas Edison State University-assessed training for college credit by enrolling in Thomas Edison State University should request the organization, where they took the training, to use these transcription requirements to send their records to:

Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Students who wish to create a transcript of their training that has been evaluated for college credit for use with an employer or elsewhere, should submit a Non-degree Services Application for Individual Learning Account or by contacting the Office of Admissions at (888) 442-8372 or admissions@tesc.edu.

The application should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, at the address listed above.

To contact the Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning, call (609) 633-6271, ext. 3235, or email the Office at apr@tesc.edu.

View a list of reviews conducted by Thomas Edison State University.

American Council on Education (ACE) & National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS)

Thomas Edison State University accepts the credit recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) CREDIT and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS). The list of programs, licenses and certifications reviewed by these services are constantly being updated.

ACE credit recommendations are published online at www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.main.

National CCRS credit recommendations are published online at www.nationalccrs.org/ccr/home.html.

Please refer to the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. The University will also accept ACE recommendations for military training and experience as published in its online Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services.

The limit of ACE and National CCRS credits from a single source is 90 credits for a bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree.

To be awarded college credit for ACE credit recommendations and create an ACE transcript to be sent to a college, students must first establish a record of their courses or exams with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Students can contact ACE at:

American Council on Education
College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT)
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1193
(866) 205-6267
(202) 939-9434
(202) 939-9470
credit@ace.nche.edu.

Students may access the ACE online Transcript System.

To use ACE credit recommendations at Thomas Edison State University for enrollment, students should have ACE transcript sent to:

Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Students may also use ACE transcript to create a Thomas Edison State University transcript for use at another college by submitting a Non-degree Services Application for Individual Learning Account or by contacting the Office of Admissions at (888) 442-8372 or admissions@tesc.edu.

The application should then be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, at the address listed above.

Similar evaluations are conducted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York under the National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS). These credit recommendations and descriptions are published online at www.nationalccrs.org. To contact the National CCRS program office:

National College Credit Recommendation Service
University of the State of New York
Education Building Addition
89 Washington Avenue, 1069 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-2070
nccrs@mail.nysed.gov

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