First, and most importantly . . .

Our goal at Granite State College is to help students understand their options for prior learning credit at the time they apply for admission.

Why focus on prior learning credit at the time of application? So that you can receive any eligible pre-approved credit on your GSC transcript just by ordering official documentation of successful completion!

Then, if you would like to pursue additional credit, we will help you develop a plan for standardized testing and portfolio assessment.

Please note that workplace training(s), exams, alternative courses, licensures and certifications may duplicate courses taken at GSC or at other colleges/universities.

Please click through the tabs below for information about how preapproved prior learning credit works at GSC:

Preapproved prior learning credit refers to training or credentialing that has been previously evaluated as college-level by:

  • The American Council on Education (ACE),
  • The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS),
  • Granite State College’s institutional validation process.

Note: Any exam provider’s date ranges listed as ending in * Present, are guaranteed in transfer through the end of the current calendar year.

Preapproved credit for training and credentialing is date-specific. For credit to be awarded, your training must fall within the stated date range. This holds true for training and credentialing evaluated by ACE, NCCRS, and GSC.

  • You must be enrolled in a degree program with GSC to be awarded credit for prior learning. The amount and type of credit will depend on what degree program you’re in.
  • Documentation of successful completion must be official from the training sponsor (e.g., American Bankers Association) or issuing agency (e.g., the American Nurses Credentialing Center) to GSC Admissions.

As of October 2016, GSC’s institutional validations are currently under review to ensure that any recent advances in training and credentialing for that occupational field are taken into account when a credit award is determined.
If you have training or credentialing that GSC previously evaluated but yours falls outside of the date range listed, please know that we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that your college-equivalent skills and knowledge can be awarded credit. We strongly encourage you to submit your documentation when you apply to the College so that it will be in the system once the new credit awards are determined.

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