UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH PROCEDURE 09-04-06
CATEGORY: STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION: Registration and Records
SUBJECT: Advanced Standing Credits
EFFECTIVE DATE: February 11, 1992
To outline steps for awarding credit applicable toward a University of Pittsburgh degree or
certificate for course work other than that registered for and completed at the University of
This procedure applies to the following types of advanced standing credits:
Transfer Credit - credits earned at other institutions and accepted for transfer
Standardized Tests - credits earned by standardized examinations such as the College
Level Examination Program (CLEP), Occupational Competency, ACT-PEP Challenge, and
Advanced Placement Exams
Credit by Course Examination - credits earned by passing an examination administered by
the University, in absence of registration for the course
III. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
Academic Centers are responsible for determining whether and under what circumstances
advanced standing credits are awarded.
The Office of the Registrar, with the approval of the academic dean, is responsible for
posing advanced standing credits to the official University transcript.
Advanced Standing/Transfer Credit/Standardized Tests
Student’s Academic Center 1. Evaluate for acceptance toward a University
degree or certificate course work completed at
other institutions or standardized test results.
2. Complete FORM 0120, Transfer/Advanced
Standing Credits Accepted (Exhibit A),
according to attached Form Instruction Guide.
a. Forward white copy of FORM 0120 to
b. Retain yellow copy of FORM 0120 and
forward gold copy of FORM 0120 to
Academic Center Data Entry.
c. Forward pink copy of FORM 0120 to
Registrar 3. Post as block credits on transcripts those
credits authorized for acceptance by
Credit by Course Examination
Student 1. Complete the student information on FORM
0143, Credit by Course Examination, Exhibit
B, at your academic center and obtain the
authorization of the dean (or designee).
Student’s Academic Center Dean 2. Verify the course information on FORM 0143
and authorize the student to take test by
signing FORM 0143.
Student 3. Submit FORM 0143 to the Academic Center
offering the course to make arrangements to
take the test.
Offering the Course 4. Authorize the administering of the test by
signing FORM 0143.
NOTE: Authorization indicates that an
instructor is willing to prepare and grade the
Student 5. Submit the completed and authorized FORM
0143 to the Cashier’s Office for payment.
Cashier’s Office 6. Process the payment and complete the
Cashier’s section of FORM 0143.
7. Attach the receipt and return the form intact to
Student 8. Submit the validated FORM 0143 and the
receipt to the academic center offering the
course to arrange a test date, time and location.
Offering the Course 9. Enter the Test Date, Time, Building and Room
number on FORM 0143.
10. Retain the original (white), yellow, and pink
copies of FORM 0143 on file and issue the
gold copy, with the receipt, to the student for
admission to the test.
Student 11. Present the gold copy of FORM 0143, with the
receipt, and a valid University ID card to the
instructor at the test site.
Instructor 12. Grade the test and evaluate the test results as
either “pass” or "fail.”
13. Enter the test results and sign FORM 0143 (on
file in the academic center).
Offering the Course 14. For “passing” test results only, forward the
original (white) copy of FORM 0143 to the
Office of the Registrar for posting to the
student’s transcript. Otherwise, forward the
original to the student’s academic center.
15. Forward the yellow copy to the student’s
academic center. Retain pink copies on file in
the academic center/department.
16. Notify the student of the test results.
Registrar 17. Upon receipt of FORM 0143, authorized by
the appropriate academic deans, pos the
following information on the student’s
- Name of Student’s Academic Center
- Date of Exam
- Number of credits indicated
Exhibit A, FORM 0120, Transfer/Advanced Standing Credits Accepted
Form Instruction Guide
Exhibit B, FORM 0120-1, Transfer/Advanced Standing Credits Accepted – Detail continued
Exhibit C, FORM 0143, Credit by Course Examination
Form Instruction Guide
Exhibit D, University Transcript Standard Abbreviations
Policy 09-04-06, Advanced Standing Credits