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Stackable, Employer-Recognized Certifications 

Professional certifications can provide you with a tangible benefit early in your educational experience at Peirce because they validate that you possess the specific skills and competencies employers are looking for – and provide a valuable, industry-recognized credential for your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Embed In-Demand Certifications into your Degree

At Peirce, you can prepare to earn a professional certification that is in-demand by employers and earn credit for that certification, which applies to most of our undergraduate degree programs. This will help position you to land a job that pays sustainable wages even before you finish your degree.

Training Course & Credential Credit Awarded
Project Management Professional (PMP®)MIS 302
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)ACE:  3 credits
Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)FIN 401
A+ ITN 120
Network + ITN 130
Security+  ITN 144
Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) ITN 301
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) ITN 310 and ITN 311
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)  ISC 310, ISC 325, ISC 410
and ISC 425
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)  ITN 405
PenTest+  ITN 405
Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)  ISC 310
NOTE: The ability to embed a professional certification into your degree programs will require having space in your degree program to fit the credits. Contact us to learn more about which programs offer the most flexibility for accommodating credit awarded for these certifications into your program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between earning an industry-recognized certification and earning a certificate? 

Certifications: Earning an industry-recognized certification requires you to pass a comprehensive exam that validates and demonstrates you possess specialized knowledge, skills and expertise.  Most certifications typically require recertification to ensure practitioners stay current in their field. Also, many industry-recognized certifications are awarded by industry-specific non-profit organizations that specialize in training and maintaining best practices for specific fields. Government agencies and for-profit corporations, such as Microsoft and Cisco, also administer and award certain certifications. Peirce College allows you to embed specific professional certifications into your program and awards college credit for those certifications. 

Certificates: Colleges and universities confer undergraduate, graduate and noncredit certificates to students who successfully complete a course or series of courses. At Peirce College, undergraduate and graduate certificates are stackable, which means the credits earned in the certificate apply directly to a degree program. Both credit-bearing and noncredit certificates have learning outcomes that demonstrate the skills and knowledge you will gain upon completion of the program. Non-collegiate educational and training providers can also award noncredit certificates. 

How do credits awarded for industry-recognized certifications fit into Peirce’s degree programs? 

Credits awarded for industry-recognized certifications fit into most undergraduate degree programs at Peirce College. Depending on the degree program, credits awarded by Peirce for professional certifications can be applied to meet program requirements or open electives. For example, many IT, cybersecurity and project management certifications apply to program requirements in the College’s BS  in Information Technology degree.  Those same certifications can be applied to meet elective requirements in most of Peirce’s other undergraduate programs. The most flexible programs include the BA in Liberal Studies, BS in Organizational Leadership and Management, BS in Technology Management, AA in General Studies and AS in Leadership Development.  

What are good “entry-level” certifications for students with limited professional experience who want to change careers or prepare for professional advancement? 

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) is an in-demand, entry-level certification that is applicable to a wide range of industries, including IT, business and management, marketing and many other fields. This could be helpful for the student who is not yet sure about a specific career. The credential is issued by the Project Management Institute.

A+ certification is a good fit for students interested in an IT career who have little or no IT experience. The credential is issued by the organization, CompTIA. Other in-demand entry-level IT certifications include Network+, Security+ and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) is a good choice for students interested in entering the finance field. The exam is issued by FINRA and students can earn the credential without being required to work a financial institution.

How do I prepare to earn a professional certification?

Peirce College partners with Kaplan University Partners to offer flexible, noncredit training courses that prepare students for specific professional certification exams. Most of these prep courses are about 8 weeks long. Some are asynchronous and others have a live component with an instructor.  In most cases, you will spend less earning an industry-recognized certification than you would taking only the equivalent Peirce course. View our current training courses.

Does Peirce College award credit for other professional certifications and training?

Yes! See the links below to learn more. 

IT and Cybersecurity Certifications 

Health Information Management Certifications 

Law Enforcement Training 

Peirce College also awards credit for military training and professional training as well as credit-by-exam programs, such as CLEP® and DSST®, and online courses provided by,, and 

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