December 15, 2019
Transfer of Credit

ABHES encourages continuing education and training opportunities for graduates of its accredited institutions and programs.  The importance of establishing fair and equitable transfer of credit policies cannot be understated. A variety of transfer of credit policies exist and it is essential institutions have a well-defined policy and process for evaluating credits for comparability. 

ABHES’ policy on transfer of credit is described in I.B.6. of the Accreditation Manual as follows:

An institution or program may accept credits earned at another institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to satisfy specific requirements for completion of a program.  The institution or program must demonstrate that it has evaluated the coursework accepted for transfer and the basis for a conclusion that it is equivalent to the course work for which it substitutes and meets all ABHES requirements, including competency achievement.

As is provided elsewhere in this manual, programs and institutions must clearly state their transfer of credit policies, and they are encouraged to accept transfer credits as a means to promote academic mobility and to avoid requiring students to unnecessarily repeat equivalent, prior coursework.     

Helpful Resources
• Transfer and the Public Interest, published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, November 2000. Available in a PDF file from or writing to Publications, CHEA, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036-1135 (phone: 202-955- 6126).
• Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education, published for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, this directory lists CHEA’s members and  their accrediting agencies. (Visit
• DETC Occasional Paper Number 15: Strategies for Helping Students Transfer Credits. Available from DETC, 1601 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 and  in a PDF file from and select “Publications”
• Pocket Guide to College Credits and Degrees: Valuable Information for Adult Learners Seeking College Degrees by Jacqueline E. Johnson, Jo Ann Robinson and  Sally R. Welch; ISBN 0-8268-1465; ACE Fulfillment Service, Dept. 191, Washington, D.C, 20055-0191; phone: 301-604-9073. (Visit
• U.S. Department of Education’s List of Recognized Accrediting Agencies, a listing of those accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  (Visit
• Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions (2001-2002), published by AACRAO. (Visit
• American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20036 (Visit
• American Council on Education (ACE), College Credit Recommendation Service, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Visit