Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) provides transcript assessment services for transfer credit based on previous post-secondary courses or related work experience.

We are located in the Student Services department on the second floor of Heritage Hall.

International document assessment for admission

If you were educated outside of Canada and require a document assessment to determine which Alberta admission requirements you meet, email a colour scan of your original transcripts and a certified translation to

For information about evaluation cost, eligibility, and document requirements, refer to our International Document Assessment section.

Transfer credit

Students can apply for transfer credit from previous post-secondary education (university/college) courses or related work experience. This assessment service is offered to all SAIT students. You may use this assessment service if you are a current student registered in a full-time or part-time credit program. 

The following options are available for course credit:

Contact Us

Phone: 403.284.7025
Location: Student Services, MA211, Heritage Hall

Transcript Assessment (Transfer Credit)

If you have previously completed education at an accredited post-secondary institution, you can apply to have your past course work assessed to determine if credit can be granted within the SAIT program you are accepted into. To be considered, the following criteria must be met:

  • Previous grades must be 65% or better.
  • All relevant courses must have been completed within the past 5 years.
  • Course credit hours match those of the SAIT Polytechnic courses.
  • Course curriculum must be an 80% match to SAIT Polytechnic courses.
  • Detailed learning outcomes from your previous institution.
  • SAIT Polytechnic has a 50% residency rate. Applicants can request credit for up to 50% of any SAIT program. The remaining 50% must be taken at SAIT Polytechnic to qualify for parchment.
  • When submitting foreign documentation for transfer credit evaluation, please provide transcripts and the 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.

The following non-refundable base fees are charged for each assessment conducted. Additional fees may apply after credit is assessed and further credit is granted.

  • $125 per program assessment of college/university transcripts from within Canada.
  • $150 per course assessment of college/university transcripts outside of Canada. The maximum fee charged is currently $600.

Download the PLAR Transfer Credit Request form

Download the Transfer Credit Procedure

Work experience - Recognition of non-formal or informal Prior Learning (RPL)

  • A current resumé.
  • A detailed letter of validation signed by a former/current supervisor or employer.
  • A detailed job description relevant to courses for which credit is sought.
  • Additional supporting information such as reports, learning portfolio, certificates, sample work, blue prints, etc.
  • An interview, lab or demonstration of your learning may also be required.

The following non-refundable base fees are assessed for each assessment conducted. 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.

Download the PLAR Transfer Credit Request form.

Challenge Exam

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 does apply for each challenge exam.

Please contact your Academic Chair or visit us in Student Services for a list of fees.

Download the Challenge Examinations Procedure.

General information

  • 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 PLAR credit. It is the responsibility of the student to verify with Student Services or the Academic Chair if a particular course is creditable.

  • PLAR does not consider high school education for college-level credit.