Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment service we offer to determine transfer credit based on your previous post-secondary courses or informal, non-formal and experiential learning.
To apply for transfer credit, you must be registered in a full-time or part-time credit program.
The following options are available for course credit:
- Transfer credit - formal learning
- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) — informal, non-formal and experiential learning
- Challenge exams
- General information
Transfer credit is a formal learning assessment of credit courses you've completed which may be eligible to transfer to SAIT. After you've been accepted in a SAIT program or enrolled in a continuing education course, you can apply to have your previous post-secondary education evaluated. We'll determine if you can be granted credit for courses specific to your SAIT program. This is a free service.
To be considered for transfer credit, you must meet the following criteria as outlined in SAIT's Recognition of Prior Learning - Transfer Credit Policy.
- Your previous grades must be 65% or better,
- All relevant courses must have been completed within the past five years,
- The course curriculum must be an 80% match to the SAIT courses,
- Detailed learning outcomes are required from your previous institution,
- Course credit and class hours must be similar to the SAIT courses,
- You can request credit for up to 50% of the courses within any SAIT program. The remaining 50% must be taken at SAIT to qualify for a credential.
Refer to Transfer Alberta to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. It is important to note that transfer credit options vary over time and are subject to change.
If your education isn't eligible for transfer credit, you may be eligible for course credit based on experiential, non-formal or informal learning. See our Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition section below.
Applying for transfer credit
- Complete the Transfer Credit Application form.
- Email your completed form, official transcript and detailed learning outcomes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're submitting foreign documentation for transfer credit evaluation, include your transcripts and detailed course outlines translated to English by an official translator. A list of official translators can be found through the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta.
- Your request will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar to ensure you've submitted all required information. After they've received all of the relevant documentation, the Office of the Registrar will send your application package to the academic chair, who will evaluate the information within 10 business days.
- You will be notified of your assessment results by email.
Get Credit for what you already know and can do via Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
What is PLAR?
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process which grants you credit for post-secondary courses based on what you already know and can do. This can be based on relevant informal (volunteer, self-study, MOOC), non-formal (non-Credit education or certifications) or experiential learning (applicable work). The PLAR process will;
- Identify how your practical experience matches learning outcomes in your post-secondary program
- Assesses how closely your skills and knowledge match those learning outcomes
- Recognizes how your experience meets or exceeds learning outcomes through post-secondary credit
- Recommends areas where you would benefit from additional learning
Is PLAR right to me?
Many students have other forms of learning which can be demonstrated to help you apply for course credit. Not all SAIT courses are available for PLAR credit, however we do encourage you to email email@example.com to inquire if the courses in your program are eligible for PLAR.
What can I expect to submit?
If the courses in your program are eligible, an evidence package will be required. An evidence package/portfolio which generally includes but is not limited to the following:
- A recent applicable resumé,
- Detailed job description
- Letters from employers/supervisors/validators confirming skill level and ability in regards to the SAIT course in which credit is being sought
- Samples/examples/drawings/blueprints, etc
- Proof of non-formal, informal training and education
- Any other documentation requested by the assessor
One evidence package may be required for each SAIT course you are seeking credit for
Are there fees for PLAR?
The following non-refundable base fees are charged for each assessment submitted. Additional fees may apply after credit is assessed and further credit is granted.
- $150 per course assessment of work experience. The maximum fee charged is currently $600.
How do I apply for PLAR?
If you have significant relevant work experience or have taken courses previously and no formal transcripts are available, you may be able to write a challenge exam as proof of your knowledge in the course content. Challenge exams may also be available for courses where experiential, non-formal and informal learning is not an option. A non-refundable fee applies for each challenge exam.
Please contact your Academic Chair or visit us in Office of the Registrar for a list of fees.
When course credit is granted, a "CR" will show on your SAIT transcript. The credited course is not calculated in your grade point average (GPA).
To receive a tuition refund, transfer credit requests must be completed prior to the course add/drop deadline. You can receive course credit after the add/drop deadline and before the course withdrawal deadline but you will not receive a tuition refund.
If you have taken a similar course at SAIT and would like to receive 'SAIT-to-SAIT equivalency', you must work with your Academic Chair to determine if the course is eligible.
Not all SAIT courses are eligible for RPL credit. It is the responsibility of the student to verify with Office of the Registrar or the Academic Chair if a particular course is creditable.
RPL does not consider high school education for college-level credit.
If you plan on taking a non-credit program (e.g. Certificate of Achievement) through Continuing Education, you'll need to complete a Program Declaration form before you submit your RPL application package or credit request form. This will ensure your program is listed on your SAIT student record and notify us of the program you're working toward.