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.*

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 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.

Medical Assisting Credentials

If you have earned the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential, you may qualify for degree credit. Contact an Advisor to learn more about the credential verification process.

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.


*Credits are not guaranteed through this process. A minimum 5+ years of work experience is recommend for taking this course to better ensure you have eligible work experience. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Credits awarded apply toward a Purdue Global undergraduate program.

This testimonial was obtained by Purdue University Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.

In 2018, incoming Purdue Global students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for evaluation earned an average of 33 quarter credit hours toward their Purdue Global undergraduate degrees. Based on these experiential learning credits, tuition savings for nonmilitary students were on average $10,743.00. Tuition savings calculated as 33 quarter credit hours x standard tuition rate of $371.00 = $12,243.00 - $1,500.00 course fee = $10,743.00. Savings for students vary depending on the student’s individual prior learning experience. Savings for 2018 incoming Indiana students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review were $7,260.00. Savings for 2018 incoming military students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review ranged from $5,445.00 to $7,590.00. Eligible college credits articulate into Purdue Global undergraduate degree plans. Note: these figures include data reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global. Savings dependent on credit awards, which are dependent on individual circumstances. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. See for course fee refund policy.