Accomplishments we will verify

Individuals are required to submit documentation to support all education data saved in the PD Registry. Individuals do not have to submit originals or official copies for verification. The PD Registry accepts unofficial documents. Clear copies will be accepted in most cases though the PD Registry reserves the right to request original documentation if needed. Schedules will not be accepted as appropriate documentation for formal education, credentials, or training because accepted documentation must indicate that the individual completed the education.

Formal Education

"Formal education" is defined as a degree or class taken at a high school, college or university. This includes high school diplomas, college degrees, and college classes.

These rules apply only to education completed in the United States. Any education completed outside the United States must first go through translation and evaluation.

High School Diplomas

The documentation for high school diploma depends on the individual's education level and the accreditation of the awarding institution. In all cases, all documentation must include the individual's name, the completion date of the education, and the name of the awarding institution.

If the individual...

  1. has completed a college degree, the college degree diploma or an unofficial college transcript may be used as proof of high school diploma. The college degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. has completed and passed a credit-bearing class at a college AND is currently degree seeking, an unofficial college transcript may be used as proof of high school diploma. The college class must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university. The degree the individual is seeking must be at a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. has completed a regionally accredited high school program, a diploma will be accepted.
  4. has completed a high school program that is NOT regionally accredited, a diploma will not be sufficient. In addition, the individual must submit one of: a full transcript of grades 9 - 12; OR a GED certificate; OR a letter stating the diploma will be accepted by a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.
  5. completed a high school program before 1997, a diploma will be accepted regardless of the institution's accreditation status.

Post-Secondary (college or university) Degrees

The PD Registry only accepts post-secondary degrees from regionally accredited institutions.

A diploma will be accepted if it displays the degree level, awarding institution, and date awarded.

A college transcript or grade report will be accepted if it lists (at minimum) the person’s name, the award date of the degree, and the name of the awarding institution.

Post-Secondary (college or university) Classes

The PD Registry only accepts post-secondary degrees from regionally accredited institutions.

A college transcript or grade report will be accepted if it lists (at minimum) the person's name, class names, credit/hour amounts for each class, the start and end dates of the classes, and the name of the awarding institution.