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Credential Review

What is credential review?

Certain disciplines will accept some industry specific certifications to evaluate and award academic credit. Many reviews can be completed in the office of Registrar and Records but some may require meeting with a CLC faculty member. Students hoping to transfer credit earned through credential review to another school should check with the transfer school to determine its policy toward credentials before completing the process at CLC.

Which credentials does CLC accept for credit?

The College of Lake County offers its students the opportunity to earn college credit for many credentials. If a credential you hold is not on the list, please contact the academic division to request review of the credential.

View information on preapproved credentials at the College of Lake County.

How Do I Request a Credential Review at CLC?

To begin the process complete the Credential Review form (PDF). Review the list of preapproved credentials, and bring the required documentation with the form to the Welcome and One Stop Center. To request a review of a credential not on the list contact the academic division with the course you would like accepted for credit based on your credential.

Students considering using credential review are encouraged to work with the academic division to confirm that utilizing credential review is a good fit for their career goals and for completing the program.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know about how CLC Handles credential review credit?

College of Lake County Board Policy states that earning credit for prior learning is:

  • Not to exceed a total of thirty (30) semester hours required toward the completion of an Associate degree
  • Not to exceed one-half (1/2) of the semester hours required toward completion of a certificate
  • Not to count toward satisfying fifteen (15) semester hours general residency requirement for the Associate degree
  • Please note: Earning credit through credential review has no effect on a student’s grade point average (GPA) at CLC.

How Much Does it Cost to have a Credential Reviewed?

There is currently no administration fee by CLC to evaluate credentials. Fees to accrediting agencies may apply to acquire official documentation of the credential received.


For additional advisement and information on earning college credit by credential review, please contact one of CLC's academic division offices or the Counseling, Advising & Transfer Center.

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