Credit Validation

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If your organization offers courses or trainings — and wants to make these offerings as valuable as possible to your participants — consider the benefits of partnering with the for credit validation.

What is Credit Validation?

One common denominator among the most successful organizations is that they prioritize educational and professional development opportunities for their members, and one way to accomplish this is to support training programs and courses that will help them excel in their jobs and careers.

Such professional growth opportunities can occur through established third-party programs or, in some cases, organizations will create their own customized, in-house training programs to boost specific knowledge and skill sets. Many organizations also find it beneficial to partner with an academic institution or an industry advocacy organization to be able to offer official credit to successful participants.

Credit Validation with USD

The ’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) works with several organizations to help them add value to their courses and trainings by establishing a structure to offer graduate level extension credit for work completed in trainings, conferences, workshops and other professional development programs. Courses can be classroom-based, online, or blended.

Organizations that partner with USD in these offerings include private companies, nonprofits, public agencies such as school districts or county education offices, and professional organizations. 

How to Partner with USD for Course Credit Validation

USD has been partnering with organizations to offer credit validation for over 25 years and the process is relatively simple.

  • Contact PCE by emailing [email protected]
  • Submit information about your course or training for review.
  • Receive a website link that provides participants with an easy way to enroll for credit.
  • Competitive and affordable credit validation fees include a printed transcript for students.

Note: Graduate level extension credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional development, and may in some cases be used toward salary advancement and recertification.

Explore Credit Validation Courses

The has partnered with various organizations to offer credit for your hard work. Browse our courses below to find your organization or program that you are seeking to earn credit for.

Credit Validation
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Credit Validation

USD’s Credit Validation Process

  • Submit new course or section forms
  • Confirmation of form(s) receipt
  • Review/modify enrollment page(s) from Credit Validation Coordinator
  • Upon course completion, request grade roster and return grades
  • One Complimentary transcript is mailed to each student

Why Work With Usd?

  • One complimentary transcript is mailed to the student
  • Your program coordinator provides personalized white-glove service
  • Competitive and affordable fees
  • Quick, efficient, and reliable service
  • Nationally recognized, regionally accredited institution
  • Dedicated enrollment and student services team
  • Over 25 years of Credit Validation expertise

Benefits of Credit Validation

  • Added value to your program, by offering credit options
  • Increased opportunity for salary advancement and career progression
  • Receiving institution may accept graduate level extension credit(s) into degree program

Is USD Right for Me?

USD’s widely respected Division of Professional & Continuing Education is dedicated to connecting students with high-quality courses and certificate programs.

If you are passionate about lifelong learning or if you are seeking educational opportunities to gain specific knowledge and skills for personal or career advancement reasons, then (yes!) the is right for you.

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