There are many training courses that can be converted to college credits. The Army, government, business and nonprofit sectors all provide training programs which can be converted to credits at at least some colleges. Courses with potential for credit conversion are usually long-term programs that provide insight or awareness into something relevant to a college course. Courses accredited by the American Council on Education (ACE) are accepted by most major colleges.
Military Training Courses
Army training courses can often be converted to college credits. These courses include Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine training programs. The military also offers three exams which, if completed successfully, can be used to obtain college credits. The College Level Exam Program allows officers to earn college credits by taking subject-specific tests. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) allow officers to take exams worth three college semester hours. The army also covers costs for officers wishing to take Excelsior College exams for college credit.
Leadership Training Courses
Many leadership training courses can be converted to college credit. These include leadership training provided by companies, as well as seminars conducted by self-development organizations. Dale Carnegie's public speaking, sales and networking courses can be converted to college credits. Department of Homeland Security courses can also be counted toward credits at some colleges, as can U.S. office of personnel training courses.
Public Safety Courses
Public safety training administered by the U.S. Government can be converted to college credits. Basic training by the U.S. Army Safety Center, The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Emergency Training Center, are accredited by ACE for application toward college credit.
Fire Department and Police Academy Courses
Some Police and Fire Departments have programs where recruits can convert academy training for college credit. These include training courses by the Virginia State Police Academy, the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the New York City Fire Department, Tennessee Fire Services, and the Fire Training and Rescue Institution.
High Tech Employee Training Courses
At least three high tech companies have training courses that can be counted toward college credit. IBM management training can be applied toward college credit. Microsoft's technical training programs can be counted toward credits in computer science or computer engineering. Oracle's Java, Applications, and System Administration courses can be counted toward credits in computer science programs.
Bank Customer Service Training Courses
Some banks offer customer service training courses which can be applied toward college credits. Such banks include: Commerce Bank, the American Bankers Association, and the Center for Financial training. Courses include teller training and customer service training.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Courses
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management offers a number of office administration training courses that can be applied toward college credit. These include management, policy, logistics and performance assessment courses. Unlike leadership training seminars, these courses are specifically related to public sector administration and management.
Walt Disney Corporation Training Courses
The Walt Disney Company offers training courses in a wide variety of subjects, many of which can be applied toward college credits. These include a hospitality course, a corporate analysis course, a creativity and innovation course, and a marketing course. These courses are available to employees in Walt Disney's theme parks, film studios and management offices.
Based in St. John's, Canada, Andrew Button has been writing since 2008, covering politics, business and finance. He has contributed to newspapers and online magazines, including "The Evening Telegram" and cbc.ca. Button is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Memorial University in St. John's.