Earning Credit for Professional Training

Thomas Edison State College 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 College's Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning. The College 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.

At Thomas Edison State College, 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 College-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 College-assessed training for college credit by enrolling in Thomas Edison State College 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 College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

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 Credit Banking 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 College.

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

Thomas Edison State College 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.

Please refer to the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. The College 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.

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

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 College for enrollment, students should have ACE transcript sent to:

Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

Students may also use ACE transcript to create a Thomas Edison State College transcript for use at another college by submitting a Non-degree Services Application for Credit Banking 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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