Transferring Credit to CCD


CCD adheres to the following guidelines and policies for the evaluation of transfer credit:

  • CCD will also accept secure, certified electronic transcripts for credit evaluation. Students should order their official transcript(s) to be sent to This method is only for colleges that use any of the of the following methods for sending transcripts: Parchment, E-Transcripts, Credentials Solutions, Inc., National Student Clearinghouse. Transcripts emailed directly from the student are not considered official.  
  • CCD will accept transfer credit from post-secondary institutions accredited by one of the seven regional accrediting associations.  Credits earned at nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions may be considered for transfer, and will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

  • CCCS has established a common course numbering system and guaranteed transfer agreement (GT Pathways) among Colorado state colleges and universities. The GT Pathways agreement guarantees the transfer of certain general studies courses. Colleges and universities outside of Colorado are not considered part of the guaranteed transfer agreement or the common course numbering system. The common course numbering system and GT Pathways can be reviewed at
  • CCD will perform a transfer credit evaluation only after the student has been admitted to CCD, declared a program of study, and submitted official transcripts from their prior school(s). Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from their prior school(s).
  • Official transcripts from prior schools should be sent directly to the Admissions, Registration & Records office, Campus Box 201, P.O. Box 173363, Denver, CO 80217-3363. For transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the other college or delivered in the original sealed envelope and marked "official."
  • All received and/or evaluated transcripts become the property of CCD. Students must obtain their own copy of transcripts for testing and/or advising purposes.
  • Transcripts are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. To be considered for transfer, courses must be offered at CCD or determined as equivalent to CCD courses. College-level classes that are not equivalent to CCD courses may transfer in as electives. Students must meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if, and how, the accepted transfer credit will apply to their intended program.
  • Only those courses that apply to the selected degree or certificate program will be transferred into CCD. Additional courses may be transferred in if they satisfy course prerequisites or if they are similar to required courses.
  • Courses must have a grade of C or better to be considered for transfer.
  • Courses with a "pass" or "satisfactory" grade will only transfer if the official transcript or college catalog documents that a "pass" or "satisfactory" grade is equivalent to a grade of C or better.
  • Credit for remedial, developmental, preparatory, or non-college-level coursework is not transferable to CCD.
  • Graduate and/or doctoral level course work will not automatically transfer into CCD. These credits must receive approval from the instructional Center Dean or Department Chair.
  • Coursework older than 10 years will not automatically transfer into CCD. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the course is not obsolete and that the course content is equivalent to current offerings. Students are required to provide syllabi or course descriptions for applicable courses completed more than 10 years ago. Some individual programs have set time limits on certain prerequisite courses and transfer credits. For additional details, refer to the Time Limits section.
  • All credit is evaluated on the semester-hour basis. Credits from institutions which operate on a quarter system calendar are transferred by multiplying the quarter hours earned by two-thirds.
  • Transfer credit evaluations will only be assessed in person. The college will not provide any official evaluation via phone, e-mail, or fax.

Transfer of Credits from Area Vocational Technical Schools

Students who complete the technical coursework contained in a state-approved career and technical education certificate program at one of the three Area Vocational Technical Colleges (AVTC) can take additional academic credit hours at CCD and earn an AAS degree in Applied Technology. The three AVTC are: Emily Griffith Technical College, Pickens Technical College, and Delta-Montrose Area Technical College. Credits for a certificate completed at the AVTS are transferable for an AAS in Applied Technology. In addition, some individual courses may be approved for transfer on a course-by-course basis and applied to selected degrees. Refer questions about the transfer of individual courses to the appropriate Academic Advisor.

Transfer of International Credits

  • Students who have attended international institutions and want their transfer credits evaluated must first have the international transcripts translated and evaluated by a recognized member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and have an official copy of their course-by-course credit evaluation report sent directly to CCD. Any translations or evaluations completed by companies that are not members of NACES will not be accepted by CCD for transfer credit review purposes.
  • A complete list of approved NACES members can be found at
  • CCD will perform a transfer credit evaluation only after the student has been admitted to CCD, declared a program of study, and submitted an official copy of their NACES course-by-course credit evaluation report.
  • Students may also be required to provide English-translated course descriptions for courses that they wish to have transferred.

Time Limits on Transfer Credits

Health Sciences

Science prerequisites for the Dental Hygiene, Medical Office Technology, and Veterinary Technology programs must be no older than seven years.

Business Technology

It is recommended that courses applied to Business Technology degrees and certificates be no more than five years old.

Early Childhood Education

It is recommended that courses applied to Early Childhood Education programs be no more than seven years old.

Computer Information Systems/Information Technology

To ensure student success, it is strongly recommended that courses applied to the Computer Information Systems or the Information Technology programs comply with the following time limits:

  • Application courses – 5 years
  • Programming courses – 5 years
  • Networking/hardware courses – 5 years
  • Certification courses – 3 years
  • General education courses – 10 years
  • Business courses – 10 years

Note: If the transferring student has current industry experience, the time limit recommendations for applicable courses may be waived. See the appropriate Department Chair.

Prior Learning Assessment Credit (PLAC)

Students may earn credit for college-equivalent education acquired through prior schooling, work, or other life experiences. Such prior learning must be comparable to CCD courses or curricula and must relate to the student’s educational objectives. Prior Learning Assessment Credit may be earned through standardized tests, challenge exams, published guides, or portfolio assessment. Students must have applied to CCD and declared a major. PLAC will only be awarded for courses in a student’s declared degree or certificate.

Types of Credit

Standardized Tests

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Students can receive credit through AP examinations completed while in high school.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

CCD recognizes the International Baccalaureate program and accords special consideration for students presenting IB credentials on an individual basis.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of examinations in 34 introductory college subjects. CCD recognizes selected CLEP general examinations and subject examinations. CLEP examinations may be taken at the CCD Testing Center.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) 

Most DSSTs are recognized by CCD as acceptable tests for college credit. DSSTs may be taken at the CCD Testing Center.

To receive college credit, students who take any standardized test must request that their scores be sent to CCD.

A complete list of acceptable AP, IB, CLEP and DSST exams, along with cut-off scores and CCD course equivalencies, can be found online at

Challenge Examinations

Currently enrolled students may challenge most courses by taking a comprehensive examination. Only one exam for a particular course may be arranged. The cost for a Challenge Exam is $45 per credit hour.

Published Guides


CCD uses the credit recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE), as published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, to evaluate military training and learning experiences.


CCD uses the credit recommendations from the ACE program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction, as published in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, to evaluate industrial and corporate training programs.

Portfolio of Learning Outcomes

Currently enrolled students may petition for credit by developing a portfolio that describes and documents pertinent learning experiences comparable to those available in CCD courses. A subject matter expert in the appropriate program area evaluates the portfolio and determines what, if any, credit will be given.

A student may use Prior Learning Assessment Credit to fulfill all degree/certificate graduation requirements except for the mandatory 25 percent residency requirement. For more details on Prior Learning Assessment options, students should contact their Academic Advisor who will begin the paperwork and get them connected to the Senior Advisor in their Advising Pathway for completion of this process.

Note: Credit evaluated for general acceptance may or may not be applicable to specific degree or certificate programs.