Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) allows you, as a current student, to apply for Transfer or Work Experience Credit in SAIT programs based on previous post-secondary courses or related work experience.

You may use this assessment service if you are a current student registered in a full-time, Continuing Education, or Certificate program.

The following credit assessment options are available: 

PLAR 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. The following credit assessment options are available:

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 5-7 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 PLAR Policy is currently under review. Please contact the PLAR Office to verify if your formal education is still current.

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.

  • $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 Application form.

Work Experience

  • A current resume.
  • 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 the PLAR Application 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 Student Services for a list of fees.

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).

NEW! SAIT to SAIT Equivalency: Students are now required to work with their Academic Chair and Student Services (Office of the Registrar) to apply for and receive SAIT to SAIT equivalency.

Not all SAIT courses are available for PLAR credit. It is the responsibility of the student to verify with the PLAR office or the Academic Chair if a particular course is creditable via the PLAR process.

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

To receive a tuition refund, Credit applications must be completed prior to the course add/drop date. Credit will continue to be granted without a tuition refund up to the course withdrawal date. 

If you are funded by Grants, Student Loans or Skills Investment Program (SIP Funding), please contact Student Services at 403.284.SAIT (7248) as this may have an impact on your full time status and funding.  Alberta Student Finance requires that students be registered in 60% of a full course load to remain eligible for financial assistance.

Contact Prior Learning Assessment Recognition:

Call: 403.284.7025
E-mail: plar@sait.ca
Location: Stan Grad Centre, Room MC221