Earning college credit through ACE CREDIT®

About ACE

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.

ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education. For more than 40 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit.

Planned exams

Certiport is currently in the process of applying for ACE CREDIT for the following titles. Please check back for the approval status of these exams.

  • Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC 20 (v 21.x)
  • Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 (v 24.x)
  • Autodesk Certified User: AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Certified User: Revit for Architecture - Imperial and Metric
  • Microsoft Word (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
  • Microsoft Excel (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
  • Communication Skills for Business
  • IC3 Digital Literacy GS6: Levels 1, 2, and 3
  • U.S. Entrepreneurship & Small Business v.2
  • Unity Certified User: Programmer

Approved exams

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for the following Certiport exams:

MOS - Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams

  • MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2016
  • MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2016
  • MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016
  • MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013
  • MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013
  • MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013

MTA - Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams

  • Introduction to Programming Using Java - Exam 98-388
  • Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript - Exam 98-382
  • Introduction to Programming Using Python - Exam 98-381
  • Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS - Exam 98-383
  • Networking Fundamentals - Exam 98-366

Microsoft Certified Fundamentals exams

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals - AZ-900
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals - MB-901
  • Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals - PL-900
  • Microsoft 365 Fundamentals - MS-900

ACA - Adobe Certified Associate certification exams

  • CC 2015

IC3 - Digital Literacy certification exams

  • IC3 GS5 - Key Applications
  • IC3 GS5 - Computing Fundamentals
  • IC3 GS5 - Living Online

ESB - Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification exams

  • U.S. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Exam v.1

Steps to obtain ACE College Credit

For the benefit of our certification exam candidates, we participate in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Transcript Service. The ACE Transcript Service offers a lifelong record for students who have successfully completed our certification exams that have been reviewed by ACE CREDIT. This service enables adult learners to present a nationally recognized transcript to the college or university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit.

For more information on transcript services, visit: www.acenet.edu/credit/transcripts


  • Step 1: Students should verify with their university/college admissions office that they grant credit for the specific certification. ACE provides a list of the colleges and universities that have articulated policies for accepting ACE credit recommendations.
  • Step 2: Request a transcript from ACE. You will need to have information about the certifications you’ve taken and dates you completed them, as well as where and to whom you’d like the transcript sent.

Related links

For more information about ACE CREDIT, visit:

  1. ACE CREDIT website
  3. ACE Types of CREDIT Reviews: Course Reviews
  4. ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training (Microsoft only)
  5. ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training
  6. ACE Transcript Registry

The ACE CREDIT logo is a federally registered trademark of the American Council on Education and cannot be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the American Council on Education.

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