Accreditation or Validation of Study Attainments
Students may apply for accreditation or validation of:
- studies carried out at another tertiary institution or at another institution of learning with the same standard of education
- corresponding practical training or work experience
- such knowledge that has been attained by informal means from working or organisational life
The following general principles are applicable for accreditation or validation purposes:
- only competences that are relevant to the degree are accredited
- competences that are a prerequisite for gaining admission to a degree programme (e.g. upper secondary education) cannot be accredited
- study attainments older than 10 years cannot be accredited without assessing the relevance and whether or not the knowledge is up-to-date
- the original grade will be registered, if the grading scale is the same as that used at Arcada
- leadership education gained from military service corresponds to 5 cr
Competences are divided into three categories, which are based on how they have been acquired:
- Formal competence
Competence acquired from studying at the same or equivalent level as the current degree programme (tertiary institution, e.g. university or university of applied sciences).
- Non-formal competence
Documented studies that do not meet the required level, but can be considered relevant for the degree.
- Informal competence
Competence acquired in an informal way and for which there is no documentation. Competence acquired in this way must always be assessed by means of an examination.
The application procedure
The student takes the initiative for accreditation or validation and is responsible for presenting sufficient evidence of his/her competence so that the university can assess it.
The student fills in form 6: Application for accreditation of previous study attainments/recognition and accreditation of prior experiential learning. The form is to be submitted to Student Services in C3, from where it will be forwarded to the examiner, Degree Programme Director or the language department.
The student must submit a separate form for each course/examiner. The student shall, in all cases, complete the first page of the form (sections 1 and 2). In addition, the student shall also fill in one of the sections 3, 4 or 5.
Section 3 should be filled in if the student has completed studies at another institution of tertiary education or at Arcada. The following documents should be submitted with the application:
- Official certificate of the courses successfully completed (e.g. transcript of records)
- Course description
- Any document showing the English name of the course, e.g. transcript of records or course description in English
- NB! If the work load has been measured in other credits than ECTS, the student must provide information on how it can be converted to either ECTS or hours. Often this information is given on the transcript of records.
Section 4 should be filled in when the student has gained competence that has to be accredited validated through work experience. An employment certificate should be attached to the application.
Section 5 should be filled in if the student has gained competence in some other way other than through studies or work experience. The student should attach any certificates that support the competence being applied for.
Form 6 is found only in the Study Guide. It should be filled in on a computer before printing it out. Print only the pages you have filled in and the last page (the decision). The applicant should make sure that the printed text is clear. If there is no sufficient space for writing, the applicant should submit a separate enclosure.
It is good to consult your amanuensis before applying for accreditation or validation.
Please note that credits/attainments completed before you conducted your studies at Arcada won´t be taken into consideration for the period of which you have received financial aid for. More information can be found here.
The accreditation process
Please note that the programme director may decide to give the student the right to take a course or study module at Arcada which has been replaced by an accredited course. The accredited study attainment is then deleted from the study records. Otherwise no approved study attainments will be deleted from the study records.
Accreditation of partial achievements
If the student has competences that correspond to part of a course, accreditation should not be applied for using form 6. The student should contact their examiner, who will take the measures required for validation of the competence. The course is assessed as a whole and registered as an attainment performed at Arcada.
Form 6 may be submitted at any time during the academic year, but students who wish to apply for accreditation or validation of studies or competences gained prior to beginning their studies at Arcada should do so when commencing their studies at Arcada.
The decision on accreditation or validation of formal competence is communicated to the student within three weeks after a complete application has been submitted.
A student who completes part of their degree at a university abroad must make a Learning Agreement in advance. The Learning Agreement is a study plan covering all study attainments that the student intends to take at the foreign university. The Learning Agreement is signed by the examensansvarig, after which it is binding for Arcada.
If the student during his/her stay abroad realises that he/she cannot follow the Learning Agreement, he/she must immediately contact the amanuensis to discuss the changes.
If the Transcript of Records issued by the foreign university matches the Learning Agreement, the student does not have to apply for accreditation. The student only submits these documents to the Student Affairs Office in C3 for registration. If the courses performed differ from the Learning Agreement, the student must apply for accreditation in normal order.
Are you an Open Student?
Open Students cannot apply for accreditation, since accreditation is possible only for student who are pursuing a degree.
A student who is dissatisfied with the decision (or grade) may within two weeks after the decision has been communicated contact the examiner or Head of Programme or Head of the language department to discuss the issue. A student who after this remains dissatisfied with the decision may seek correction of it by the Examination Board.
Department of Energy and Materials Technology
Amanuensis Gitta Eriksson
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Amanuensis Andrea Nevalainen
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Department of Business Management and Analytics
Amanuensis Hanne Karlsson
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