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Transfer your credits

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If you’ve already taken courses or have completed a program through another post-secondary institution, your credits earned may be eligible for transfer credit into a SAIT program.

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 into 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.

If you're sharing your post-secondary transcripts through MyCreds.ca, please add transfer.options@sait.ca as the recipient email.

Am I eligible for transfer credit?
  • You must be an accepted or current SAIT student enrolled in a SAIT program.
  • Your previous education must be from a government accredited post-secondary institution and less than five years old to be eligible for transfer credit. This timeline is based on the academic year, not the current semester.
  • Your previous grades must be a minimum of 65% (C). Courses with grades of Attended, Pass, Audited, etc. will not be accepted for credit. 
  • Credit hours or course weight of your previous course(s) must be similar to your intended SAIT course(s). Non-credit courses cannot be used as transfer credit towards a credit course.
  • 80% of the previous course curriculum must match the SAIT course curriculum. It’s your responsibility to complete the necessary course matching. You may use one or more transfer courses to apply for one or more SAIT courses. However, no more than two courses may generally be combined for credit towards one SAIT course — the final grade from each course must meet the minimum 65% or equivalent grade requirement and both courses must be from the same post-secondary institution.
  • You can apply to receive credit for a maximum of 50% of the courses in a SAIT program. For example, 10 courses out of 20 for diploma programs.
  • 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. Please note, we will still process any SAIT-to-SAIT credit inquiry sent to transfer.options@sait.ca.
  • Not all SAIT courses are eligible for transfer credit. It is the responsibility of the student to verify with the Office of the Registrar or the Academic Chair if a particular course is eligible.
  • 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 Transfer Credit Application form or package. This will ensure your program is listed on your SAIT student record and notify us of the program you're working toward.
  • Receiving course credit may impact your student status which can directly affect your eligibility to receive student loans and UPass. If you're a full-time student, please be sure to work with your Academic Chair to understand the impact of dropping your course load from full-time to part-time status.
Can I get credit for my education from outside of Canada?

If you’ve obtained education outside of Canada and want to transfer those courses to SAIT, you are still required to meet course eligibility.

International course evaluations cost a $150 fee to begin the evaluation process.  This initial fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the evaluation.  If one course credit is granted, this evaluation fee will then be applied to the first course credit granted.  If additional course credits are granted, students can expect to be charged an additional $150 fee per course, up to the maximum fee of $600 per program.

All students can apply for a maximum of 50% transfer credit within their certificate, diploma or degree.

If your documents are issued in a language other then English, an official translation must be provided along with the original documents from which the translation was completed.  We only accept translations done by certified members of the ATIA or CTTIC.  We also accept translations done in your home country by a certified translator with a translation authority.

Can I take a course outside of SAIT?

If you’re a current SAIT student and want to take a course from another post-secondary institution, you must complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) request form together with a detailed course outline (no transcript required) to have the course evaluated and pre-approved for transfer by your Academic Chair.

Any approved equivalencies are approved for one academic year from the date of approval. A new assessment may be required in future years if programs or course content changes occur.

Once you complete any external course(s) with a grade of 65% or higher, you’ll need to apply for the credit by submitting the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) request form along with a copy of your transcript.

How do I apply for transfer credit?

First, use our  How to Apply Checklist to make sure you are ready to apply to your chosen SAIT program.

Once eligibility criteria are met, you must apply for transfer credit by submitting a transfer credit application package, including:

  • The  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) request form. Carefully review and fully complete the form.
  • Your transcripts from previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted provided the institution's name and your name is listed on the document. All external courses being used for credit must be on your transcript with the final posted result.
  • A detailed course outline/syllabus for each external course being used for credit. Outlines must be from the year and semester the course was taken; website or calendar course descriptions will not be accepted. Once complete, kindly submit your transfer credit application package to the Office of the Registrar by email to transfer.options@sait.ca. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure all the required materials are present. If anything is missing, the Office of the Registrar will contact you by email with a request for additional materials. When all material is present, your application package will be submitted to the program's Academic Chair for final review.

To receive a tuition refund, transfer credit requests must be completed prior to the course add/drop deadline. You're able to apply for course credit after the add/drop deadline up to the midpoint of the course, however, you will not receive a tuition refund.

You should register in, continue attending, and not drop or withdraw from the SAIT course until you've been advised of the success of your transfer credit application.

Provincial Business Administration Pathway

Incoming transfer students might be eligible for the provincial Business Administration pathway if you have completed Business Administration coursework at Bow Valley College, Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Lakeland College, Lethbridge College, MacEwan University, Medicine Hat College, NAIT, Norquest College, Northern Lakes College, Olds College, Portage College, Red Deer College or Athabasca University in the last five years. Please contact an Academic Advisor in the School of Business for more information.  

How do I get my results?

Once a transfer credit decision is made, the Office of the Registrar will contact you to inform you of the results of your transfer credit application, usually within 10 business days.

If additional information is required, you will be contacted to provide some. This can slow down the process so it is important to submit as much information as possible in the initial transfer credit application package.

If your transfer credit is approved

  • 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).
  • If you’re currently registered in the SAIT course the Office of the Registrar will drop you from the course.
  • If you receive credit for a course for a future semester, you are responsible for dropping yourself from the course in the future.

If your transfer credit is denied

  • You can look at applying for PLAR or apply to write a Challenge Exam.
  • You may also choose to appeal the decision of the academic chair through the Appeal Process.
Can I appeal the decision?

If you’re unsuccessful in obtaining transfer credit and wish to challenge that decision, you can submit a formal request to appeal the decision within five days of receiving the result.

Transfer your experience

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Get credit for what you already know and can do through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). 

PLAR assessment can be based on relevant informal (volunteer, self-study, massive open online course), non-formal (non-credit education or certifications) or experiential learning (applicable work).

How PLAR assessment works

  • Identifies 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

How do I apply for PLAR?

1. Determine your eligibility

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 — email transfer.options@sait.ca to inquire if the courses in your program are eligible for PLAR.

2. Prepare your evidence

If the courses in your program are eligible, you’ll need to provide evidence of your experience which should include, but is not limited to:

  • Proof of informal or non-formal and education that is applicable however outside of the 5-year transfer credit timeline.
  • Current resumé that reflects your experience, including a detailed job description for the specific course which credit is sought.
  • Performance assessment from an employer, supervisor, vendor or validator that attests that you have met 80% of SAIT’s learning outcomes by giving specific examples of how they were met.
  • Product assessment including examples of the work you have produced such as drawings, blueprints or workplace samples which can be submitted to validate meeting the learning outcomes.
  • Portfolio assessment which can include all of the above if the learning that occurred in each example is below 80%, thus combining evidence to gain the 80% required. Another approach is students may be asked to answer the learning outcomes in an essay style, approx. 250+ words per high-level outcome to state how you have met the outcome.
  • Any other documentation that will help strengthen your request for credit.
  • Any other documentation requested by the assessor.

Evidence of your experience may be required for each SAIT course you are seeking credit for.

3. Submit your application

Challenge exams

Student writing a 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 applies for each challenge exam.

A challenge exam can also be offered to a current SAIT student working towards a SAIT credential. The decision to create a challenge exam for a course, and consequential fee for it, is at the discretion of the school/department delivering that course. Apprenticeship courses are not eligible for challenge exams and cannot be challenged at SAIT.

Am I eligible to take a challenge exam?

You must satisfy all course pre-requisites before taking a challenge exam for a course and the exam cannot be used to administer partial credits for a SAIT course.

  • You cannot write a challenge examination for a course if you have already failed it.
  • If you have already passed that course and it is;
  • More than 5 years ago, in the case of a course, that is part of a certificate program, or
  • More than 7 years ago, in the case of a course, that is part of a diploma or an applied degree program, or
  • More than 10 years ago, in the case of a course that is part of a baccalaureate program.

You may attempt only one challenge examination per course to prove your knowledge is current.

SAIT has a 50% residency requirement.  You can possibly write challenge exams for up to 50% of your certificate, diploma or degree programs.

Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Armed Forces

SAIT is committed to supporting and empowering all members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) framework.

We provide an evaluation service for military experience and credits which may reduce the number of courses you are required to complete as part of your SAIT education. To have your military experience and/or credit evaluated, you must first apply and be accepted into a SAIT program. Once accepted, contact transfer.options@sait.ca to determine if your program of study is eligible and find out the next steps.
Explore the Transfer In section to learn more about the terms and conditions related to transfer credit and experience assessments at SAIT. 

Veterans, if eligible, can access education funding through the Education and Training Benefit offered by Veterans Affairs Canada. Regular Forces or Reservists, if eligible, can access education funding through the Education Reimbursement Program or the Paid Education Program

SAIT recognizes the tremendous value that reservists who are also students or staff bring to our campuses. We have processes in place to accommodate short term or long term leaves of absence from study or work for the purposes of completing CAF-related training. We can also arrange the rescheduling of tests and assignments, or the deferment of a semester or program as required. These accommodations are subject to the terms, conditions and approvals described in AC.3.17.1: Student Military LeaveHR3.3.1: Military Training Leave Procedures and HR3.4.1: Military Operations Leave Procedures.

Several SAIT programs are recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces - Accreditation Certification Equivalency (CAF-ACE) program:

  • Advanced Care Paramedic (under review)
  • Business Administration - Human Resource Management (under review)
  • Business Administration - Supply Chain Management (under review)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Professional Cooking

Search through Transfer On section for more information.

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