Transfer your credits
If you’ve already taken courses or have completed another 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’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.
If you’re a current SAIT student and want to take a course from another post-secondary institution, you must complete a Transfer Credit application form (no transcript required) to have the course evaluated to be approved for transfer.
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 Transfer Credit Application form along with a copy of your transcript.
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 and submit a transfer credit application package, including:
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.
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.
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 may be contacted for additional materials. 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
If your transfer credit is denied
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?
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 email@example.com to inquire if the courses in your program are eligible for PLAR.
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:
Evidence of your experience may be required for each SAIT course you are seeking credit for.
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.
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 may then 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Leave, HR3.3.1: 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.