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Credencial Evaluation Program

The InterAmerican University Credential Evaluation Program allows the analysis and the evaluation of all personal, academic and professional experiences, and their later conversion in credit units applicable towards the U.S. university system. It is, therefore, of an official recognition of the merits accumulated by a specific candidate that could lead to the achievement of a higher education degree, either in a direct way or by means of a tailored made course program.

The credits can be granted by different concepts:

· Personal Experience
· Work Experience
· Professional Experience
· Military Training
· Professional Training
· Approved university Courses
· Corporate Training
· Seminars, Courses, Workshops, etc.
· Independent Research
· Independent Personal Study
· Professional Affiliations
· General Courses

By means of this program, any candidate is eligible to regularize his university status and to conform a file in which there appear all those credits granted either by his/her previous experiences, or by academic, professional or personal experience.

The Credential Evaluation program allows the candidate to complete his/her career in the smallest possible time, either on campus or at a distance, once the Evaluation Committee has concluded the verification of the Portfolio has pronounced itself on the total quantity of authorized credits.

From that moment on, the candidate can alternatively opt for:

1. Carry out a project-research paper in accordance with the Director of the Program.
2. Follow the required courses in order to complete the number of credits needed for the chosen career (in case he/she needs to gain more credit units).
3. Carry out the corresponding degree assignments and exams.

How to Enroll

Fill out the Preliminary Form or the Official Form, and include four (4) pictures passport size.

Procedure

1. PREPARATION OF A PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
Summary of evidences of all own achievements, including descriptions, forms, diplomas, certificates, letters, pictures, photocopies, etc. All of it, according to the policies and regulations set forth by the University itself in the corresponding forms.

2. PROFESSIONAL SELF-EVALUATION
Personal analysis of the acquired professional achievements throughout the different working periods and that can be summarized on punctual answers -with a minimum of 200 words for chapter - covering the following aspects:

· ITEMIZED DESCRIPTION OF HIS/HER CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PROFILE.
· RELEVANCE OF HIS/HER POSITION BEFORE THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY
· SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION OF HIS/HER DUTIES AND PROFESSIONAL COMMITTMENTS
· INTRODUCTION OF HIS/HER PROFESSIONAL SECTOR

3. RESEARCH PAPER. The Research Paper always constitutes an indispensable requirement in this type of programs, so that the candidate can evidence his/her capacity for research: Hypothesis formulation, data collection, analysis, development, contrast and elaboration of conclusions, within the given professional environment. The University has a manual of instructions with the necessary materials.

Classification of Experiences Suitable for Validation into Units of Credit

1. Many of the skills used professionally in everyday WORK habitually constitute study matters at university level, for example: typewriting, filing and reporting, shorthand, accounting, inventory control, financial administration, military strategy, computer programming and operation, editing, planning, sales, real state appraisal and many others.

2. HOME Maintenance, organization and family budget, children's education, child psychology, nutritional planning, etc.

3. COMMUNITY SERVICE
Services to the community, participation in political campaigns, assistanship services, religious organizations, etc.

4. TRAINING
Courses and company workshops seminars, symposia, congresses, conferences, certifications of professional competence, etc.

5. TRAVELING
Study trips, exchange programs, stay abroad, professional outings, etc.

6. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Musical talents, general artistic ability (theater, painting, sculpture, etc.), poetry, design, oratorical, marine or air pilot licenses, etc.

7. READINGS OR PERSONAL WORKS
Personal study on different subjects in which the candidate has not been exposed to an exam or control for the grant of credit units.

8. ENCOUNTERS AND DEBATES WITH EXPERTS
Professional relationship with authorities in certain matters, participation in combined projects, etc.

9. CREATION/INCORPORATION OF COMPANIES, PROFESSIONAL OFFICES, ETC.
Know How acquired in the setting up to companies, professional offices, or organizations of any type.

10. EXTRAORDINARY DISTINCTIONS
Badges, medals, credentials, etc.

HOWEVER, IT CANNOT BE CONFUSED ATTENDANCE OR INVESTED TIME WITH LEARNING ITSELF

Some suggestions for the making of the Personal Portfolio:

· Certified "recommendations"
· Support audiovisual Testimonies and notes endorsed
· Programs of courses Interviews and appearances in it presses
· Vouchers of sales Exhibitions
· Programs of Performances, Prizes and honors
· Copies of speeches, Licenses (airplane pilot, yacht, etc)
· Articles and/or written published Job Descriptions “Exams"
· Military
· Writing Samples
· Designs and compositions on general artistic work
· Movies and pictures work contracts


Other ideas to keep in mind:

· Sports
· Business Decorations
· Automobile repair
· Negotiation of contracts
· Computer edition
· First aids
· Musical instrument play
· Horsemanship
· Ballet
· Floral Design
· Photography
· Painting

And in general whatever other activities developed in depth. . .

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