Transferring to SAIT
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 share your post-secondary transcripts through MyCreds.ca, please add email@example.com as the recipient email.
Transfer credit FAQs
- 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 toward 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 toward 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 for credit for a maximum of 50% of the courses in a SAIT program — for example, ten 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 eligibility for the course. We will still process any SAIT-to-SAIT credit inquiry sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not all SAIT courses are eligible for transfer credit. The student is responsible for verifying 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 (for example, a Certificate of Achievement) through Continuing Education, you must 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.
Course credit may impact your student status, directly affecting your eligibility to receive student loans and UPass. If you're a full-time student, please be sure to work with your Academic Advisor to understand the impact of dropping your course load from full-time to part-time.
If you've obtained education outside of Canada and want to transfer those courses to SAIT, you must still meet course eligibility.
International course evaluations cost a $155 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 given. If additional course credits are granted, students can expect to be charged an additional $155 fee per course, up to the maximum fee of $620 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 than 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 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 approval date. If programs or course content changes occur, a new assessment may be required in future years.
Once you complete any external course(s) with a grade of 65% or higher, you must apply for the credit by submitting the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) request form and a copy of your transcript.
First, use our How to Apply Checklist to ensure you are ready to apply to your chosen SAIT program.
Once eligibility criteria are met, search our transfer agreements to see if your previous institution has a pathway with SAIT for your specific program. If yes, please reference this pathway and email email@example.com with your unofficial transcript. We will process your advanced standing right away.
For all other transfer credits (including transfer experience), you must apply for transfer credit when Transfer/PLAR applications open for each term:
|Term||Transfer/PLAR applications open|
To apply, submit a transfer credit application package, including the following:
- 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 are 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 email your transfer credit application package to the Office of the Registrar to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer credit requests must be completed before the course add/drop deadline* to receive a tuition refund. You can 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, continue attending, and not drop or withdraw from the SAIT course until you've been advised of the success of your transfer credit application.
*The transfer credit and recognition of prior learning application deadline is based on the number of weeks you're registered for a term. You must submit your application by your program's add/drop deadline to be eligible for a tuition refund.
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 four to six weeks.
Once transfer applications open for each term, the earlier you apply, the faster you get your results.
If additional information is required, you will be contacted to provide some. This can slow down the process, so submitting as much information as possible in the initial transfer credit application package is important.
If your transfer credit is approved:
- A "CR" will show on your SAIT transcript when course credit is granted. 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 Transfer Experience or apply to write a challenge exam if it is available.
- You may also choose to appeal the decision of the academic chair through the appeal process as per AC.3.18.1 Recognition of Prior Learning — Credit Courses.
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 as per AC.3.18.2 Transfer Credit Procedure.
Transfer your experience
PLAR assessment can be based on relevant informal (life/work experience: volunteer, self-study, massive open online course) and non-formal (non-credit education, on-the-job training, professional workshops, certifications).
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
Apply for PLAR
Many students have other forms of learning which can be demonstrated to 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:
- Proof of informal or non-formal education applicable outside of the five-year transfer credit timeline.
- A current resume that reflects your experience, including a detailed job description for the specific course for 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 includes examples of the work you have produced, such as drawings, blueprints or workplace samples, which can be submitted to validate meeting the learning outcomes.
- A portfolio assessment can include all of the above if the learning 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, approximately 250+ words per high-level outcome, to state how they have met the outcome.
- Any other documentation that will help strengthen your credit request.
- Any other documentation requested by the assessor.
Evidence of your experience may be required for each SAIT course you seek credit for.
Complete the recognition of prior learning form.
Pay your fees. A non-refundable base fee of $155 per course (to a maximum $620 per program) is charged for the assessment, which includes the first-course credit if granted.
This fee is per program. Additional fees may apply after credit is assessed and further credit is granted.
Submit your completed form and portfolio by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 its consequential fee, 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 prerequisites 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 or, if you have already passed that course and it is:
- more than five years ago, in the case of a course that is part of a certificate program, or
- more than seven years ago, in the case of a course that is part of a diploma or an applied degree program, or
- more than ten years ago, in the case of a course part of a baccalaureate program.
You may attempt only one challenge examination per course to prove your current knowledge.
SAIT has a 50% residency requirement. You can write challenge exams for up to 50% of your certificate, diploma or degree programs.
Provincial Business Administration pathway
Incoming transfer students might be eligible for the provincial Business Administration pathway if, in the last five years, they have completed Business Administration coursework at:
- Bow Valley College
- Grande Prairie Regional College
- Keyano College
- Lakeland College
- Lethbridge College
- MacEwan University
- Medicine Hat College
- Norquest College
- Northern Lakes College
- Olds College
- Portage College
- Red Deer College
- Athabasca University.
Please get in touch with an Academic Advisor in the School of Business for more information.