Alternative & Professional Credit Guide

Please speak with your enrollment counselor or student advisor to understand degree applicability. Certain restrictions or additional requirements may apply.  Credit earned 10 or more years prior to the date of admission cannot be applied towards major or specialization requirements. To ensure student success, the general education areas of written communication and math may not always be fulfilled with credit earned 10 or more years prior to the date of admission; students may be required to take current written communication and/or math course.

CompTIA: CompTIA certifications earned on or after January 1st 2011,  have requirements for re-certification and continuing education which must be met for credit to be awarded. CompTIA certifications earned on or before December 31st 2010 are considered good for life (GFL) certifications and not subject to re-certification requirements.  Any approved CompTIA certification listed in the guide can be accepted for transfer credit to upper division coursework unless it is older than 10 years at the time of admission or indicated otherwise. Click here to learn how to request your CompTIA transcript

Project Management Institute (PMI): Certain PMI certifications do require continuing education and re-certification every 3-5 years. Students who have not met these requirements may not have credit awarded for upper division credit at CSU-Global. 

CLEP College Composition Modular Exam: CLEP offers two english exams, College Composition and College Composition Modular. Students who need to earn both ENG101 and ENG102 are encouraged to complete CLEP's College Composition Exam for 6 credits towards CSU-Global's ENG101 and ENG102. Students who need only ENG101 may still take College Composition but cannot receive credit for ENG102 if already fulfilled. 

Student's wishing to take College Composition Modular for 3 credits towards ENG101 need to be aware of the following:

  • Students must order and pay for the written portion of the exam 21 days in advance of taking the exam with CLEP.
  • The written portion of the exam can be scheduled concurrently with the multiple choice exam or taken at a later date
  • Students must write on the test booklet CSU-Global's information so it may be sent for grading. Please send these to Office of Admissions-CSU Global. 7800 E Orchard Rd. Suite 200. Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
  • Once completed, CSU-Global will receive the booklet within 21 days for Faculty Grading. 
Click link below to open CSU-Global's Alternative & Professional Credit Guide.

***please note, not all science exams have an associated lab. Lab must be indicated in course description or outcomes and be clearly indicated as separate from non-lab portion of exam or course***

Alternative & Professional Credit Guide.pdf

This guide outlines nationally accepted credits and certificates approved by the American Council on Education (ACE), the State of Colorado and/or CSU-Global. NOTE: This guide is not inclusive and does not list any articulation agreements currently in effect with CSU-Global. Please speak with your advisor about questions regarding current articulation agreements. CSU-Global accepts up to a maximum of 90 transfer credits of which 60 can be alternative credits, including but not limited to CLEP, Straighterline, DSST, or, Joint Service Transcripts (JSTs).Students should use this list in conjunction with their individual degree plan and student advisor to determine which CSU-Global course(s)or exam(s) listed herein can be used to meet specific degree requirements. CSU-Global does not allow alternative credit exams listed here into transfer into upper division credit unless specifically indicated otherwise, or with Provost approval. Students cannot earn credit more than once for the same course. Credits may be reduced or denied in transfer in accordance with transfer credit policy and practices. Credit earned in any category can be used for elective credit if applicable in the student’s degree plan, if the degree requirement has already been met. Each student’s individual degree plan outlines their specific requirements.

These credits and accepted transfer requirements are subject to change at any time without notice, and these requirements apply to new students entering CSU-Global on the effective date of this guide.Contact your student advisor if you have any questions regarding your transfer credit, degree plan or these requirements. Please consult your student advisor before registering for any of the following alternative credit options.

Colorado gtPathway (Guaranteed Transfer Pathways) course designations are denoted by GT-CO listed next to the Course Title. Alternative Credit gtPathway designations were created by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education effective August 31st 2018 and include Military Training and Occupational Designations. gtPathway designation ensures courses, trainings and/or exams taken with an earned grade of C- or higher will transfer and apply to general education curriculum in most Bachelor Degrees at every public Colorado college and University. Please consult your student advisor to ensure transfer ability as additional limitations may exist. https://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/gtPathways/Curriculum.htmlCredit Requirement