Earn College Credit

Earn your degree faster, and save time and money, by using LearningCounts.org to receive college credit—before you even start your degree program. Click here to watch a video about how LearningCounts can help you earn those credits.

You have already learned from experience at work, volunteering in the community, military service, job training, independent reading, open source courseware study, and hobbies. Now you just have to demonstrate that learning so you can earn the college credit you deserve.

There are several ways to prove that the knowledge you have acquired throughout your life is worth college credit: 

Show What You Have Learned

Create a portfolio to document your knowledge by: 

  • Writing about Your Learning
  • Making a Video of Yourself Performing a Task
  • Providing a Product of Your Work
  • Having a Third Party Verify Your Knowledge

Your portfolio is evaluated by a college faculty member, who will recommend that you be awarded up to 48 hours of college credit if what you submit is at the same level as what a successful student in a college-level course could produce.

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Take a Test

For some subjects you can also take a test to show that you know as much about the topic as someone who passed a traditional college class. Several programs offer nationally recognized examinations that cover many subject areas. Go to these websites to learn more:

Record the Credit You Already Have

If you have had training at work or in the military, you could already have college credit and not even know it! To see if it is at the college level, the American Council on Education (ACE CREDIT) evaluates:

  • Training Offered by the Military
  • Employer Training
  • Government Agency Training
  • Professional Association Training
  • Registered Apprenticeships
  • Professional Certifications
  • Exams

To see if you have earned college credit, visit ACE Credit.