Earn Credit for What You Know

Not all learning is done in the classroom.


Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognizes that college-level learning can happen outside of a college classroom. We value your life experience by turning it into college credit that can be applied toward a certificate or degree.

If you have an industry-recognized credential, professional licensure, significant work experience, and/or complete an approved exam in a designated subject area, you may be eligible for college credit without taking a college course.  

Learn more about what your experience is worth, and save time and money to earn a certificate or degree. 

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Industry-Recognized Credentials

Some professions require employees to become certified or licensed. If you completed formal training that resulted in an industry-recognized credential, you may be eligible for college credit. COTC will need a copy of your professional license or certification and a form must be completed. The state of Ohio also has programs like the One-Year Option and ITAG. Learn more below.

Accepted certifications and licensure include, but are not limited to:

  • Chemical Dependence Counselor Assistant (CDCA) certification
  • CompTIA A+ certification
  • Cosmetology license
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification
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Portfolio Assessment

Work experience and informal training that does not result in an industry-recognized credential (certification or licensure) may be evaluated for college credit through a portfolio review process. Students may be eligible for college credit due to things like: on-the-job training, business ownership, civic leadership, volunteer work or independent study.

It’s important to note, there will be portfolio instructions and expectations. Students will work with a Gateway Academic Advisor to complete a portfolio that showcases experience, skill(s) and knowledge. 

The first step in building a portfolio is to browse the COTC course catalog and identify courses you feel fit your experience, skill(s) and knowledge. Every course at COTC has objectives students meet to pass the course. A portfolio will show how you have enough proficiency to meet a course’s objectives, in lieu of taking a course.

Portfolios will need to include the following:


Prior Learning


Students who successfully complete certain technical programs or classes, often at vocational schools or career centers, while in high school and/or after high school graduation are eligible to receive transfer credit at Ohio public colleges and universities. This transfer of credit is described by the State of Ohio Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAG)

The COTC Course Catalog lists all classes offered, and in the description for each course, it will be noted if CTAG credit is available. 

Students who believe they may have CTAG credit, should submit official transcripts from any and all schools they have attended. 

Official transcripts can be sent electronically to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.edu, or they can be mailed to:

Central Ohio Technical College
ATTN: Student Records
1179 University Dr.
Newark, OH 43055


Certain types of military training and/or coursework align to existing college and university courses and military members or veterans can be awarded appropriate credit according a State of Ohio guarantee called Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs).

The complete list of MTAGs approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) can be found at transfercredit.ohio.gov.

COTC can review military credit through official transcripts sent by the branch of the military that is applicable to the student. Students can request official military transcripts through two websites:

Official transcripts can be sent electronically to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.edu, or official transcripts can be mailed to:

Central Ohio Technical College
ATTN: Student Records
1179 University Dr.
Newark, OH 43055

Ohio Transfer 36

Students may complete college level courses through with more than one college either while in high school (through College Credit Plus) or after high school graduation. The state of Ohio recognizes this and has formed Ohio Transfer 36, which requires general education coursework to be transferable across public colleges and universities. General education coursework typically includes subject areas such as Math, English, Science, etc. 

For example, if a high school student participates in College Credit Plus (CCP) and successfully completes a college level Math class with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and a college level English class with Columbus State, the English class would be transferable to COTC or vice versa, the Math class would be transferrable to Columbus State – according to the Ohio Transfer 36.

The purpose of Ohio Transfer 36 is to help ensure students completing courses at Ohio public colleges or universities do not have to duplicate college level work in general subject areas if they complete courses at more than one public college or university in Ohio

Students should be sure to request official transcripts from all schools they have attended. 

Official transcripts can be sent electronically to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.edu, or official transcripts can be mailed to:

Central Ohio Technical College
ATTN: Student Records
1179 University Dr.
Newark, OH 43055


Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) has articulation agreements with high schools/career centers, as well as with other colleges and universities. 

Articulation agreements are essentially a type of ‘contract’ between two schools agreeing training and coursework completed at one school can be eligible for credit at another school. 

High School/Career Center

In high school, some students choose to take career-related classes and/or attend a career center to complete classes and training in a career. COTC will award students college credit for some career-related coursework and training based on articulation agreements. 

Review the COTC list of high school/career center articulation agreements for more details.


Students who complete courses at COTC have opportunities to take the credit they have earned and transfer it to a four-year college or university to continue their education.

In many cases, students at COTC can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree but need to finish the last two years at another (four-year) college or university. COTC has articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities that will award students credit for their completed college coursework.

Learn more and view articulation agreements COTC has with other colleges and universities. 

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Credit by Examination

Students can choose to take or may have already taken select exams or tests that can qualify them for college credit without taking a college class.

Students should keep in mind there is typically a cost per exam, and each exam has a minimum or specific score that must be met to earn college credit.

Click each tab below to learn about exams and subject areas, along with minimum or specific scores Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will review and accept.

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Alternative Credit Options

Many people enjoy learning to enhance their knowledge and/or to expand upon an existing job or career. There are companies that offer learning and in line with the American Council on Education (ACE), many colleges across the United States recognize the level of learning being offered and completed is worthy of college credit. Examples of companies offering college-level learning include: Straighterline and Study.com. 


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