College Credit for Professional Certifications and Training

Turn your career accomplishments into the college credits you deserve.

Industry training certifications and on-the-job training could help you graduate sooner.*

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ACE-Evaluated Corporate and Organizational Learning

Purdue Global awards credit for professional coursework that has been reviewed by the American Council of Education (ACE) or Purdue Global staff using ACE guidelines and determined to be college level. Coursework for ACE college credits 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.

Law Enforcement and Fire Service Training

  • Fire Academy and Fire Service Association Articulation Agreements

    Articulation agreements help streamline the process for awarding credit for fire service-related certifications you may have already earned to be considered fit for duty. If you earned your certifications though an organization that is accredited by IFSAC or the Pro Board, including the U.S. Department of Defense Firefighter Certification System, you may be eligible to receive credit toward a Purdue Global degree program. Learn more about our fire science articulation agreements.

  • National Peace Officer Standard Training

    Purdue Global recognizes the valuable learning achieved by state and local law enforcement officers. If you are a certified sworn law enforcement officer, your accomplishments may qualify you to receive credit toward a degree in any of our undergraduate programs of study.† Depending upon your program of study, credits can be applied toward major course requirements or electives. You must currently be a certified U.S. law enforcement officer or must have been certified within 24 months of your enrollment date to be eligible. Speak to an Advisor to learn more.

IT Certifications and Examinations

You can earn credit for IT certifications and examinations completed within the past 3 years. View a full listing of certifications and exams approved for transfer.

Course Partners

Whether you’re interested in earning a degree or taking courses strictly for the sake of learning, Purdue Global’s open-course partners offer you a variety of options. Many courses have been evaluated and recommended for ACE college credit by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). Course partners include Saylor Academy, Sophia, and StraighterLine.

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*Credits for Experience: Credits are not guaranteed through this process. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy. Credits awarded apply toward a Purdue Global undergraduate program.

Credit for Law Enforcement Certification: Students must currently be a certified law enforcement officer or a federal agent (FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.), or must have been certified in either of these roles within 24 months of their enrollment date. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.