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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options


Missing an admission requirement? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs. 

SAIT academic upgrading courses prepare students for admission to SAIT career programs. For SAIT program admission requirements, refer to the appropriate sections of the SAIT Academic Calendar. SAIT Academic Upgrading courses are Alberta high school equivalency courses, not Alberta Education courses, and they cannot be used as credit courses towards an Alberta high school diploma. They may be accepted for admission purposes by other Alberta post-secondary educational institutions. Check the current Alberta Transfer Guide published by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer for a listing of all formalized transfer agreements among Alberta post-secondary institutions.

Government grant funding may be available for eligible students. For more information on funding, visit our Foundational Learning Program. Student loans are not available for upgrading courses.

Is this the right fit for me?

Attendance and punctuality are directly related to academic success. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests.

Students are also encouraged to access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist and student counselling services.

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Students complete upgrading courses in order to meet the admission requirements for programs at SAIT and most other post-secondary education institutions in Alberta.

Tuition and fees per year*

1 Course: $723.88
2 Courses: $1,269.17
3 Courses: $2,260.51

1 Course (International): $2,356.04
2 Courses (International): $4,281.49
3 Courses (International): $6,400.99

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
  • Applications for summer and fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 Dec. 17, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 April 29, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Aug. 29, 2022
Summer 2022 July 4, 2022 June 30, 2023
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 Aug. 18, 2023

How to Apply

Why upgrade at SAIT?

Upgrade or complete high school course equivalencies in English, mathematics and sciences. Our flexible learning options will prepare you for admission to SAIT's career programs.

Admission Requirements

Note: all students taking upgrading courses must apply to Academic Upgrading through Apply Alberta.

There are six intakes for this program offered per year. Please see the following chart to determine which semester to apply for. 

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 30, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications opened on June 14, 2021.
  • Summer and fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.
Which semester should I apply for? Winter 2022 Summer 2022 Fall 2022
When can I apply? March 31, 2021 Oct. 6, 2021 Oct. 6, 2021
When do courses start? January July September
When can I register for courses? Registration opens approximately two months prior to the start date. 

Admission requirements

  • Minimum of 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:
    • English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2, or successful completion of an English placement test.
    • Pure Math 10 or Applied Math 10 or Math 10C or Math 10-3 or successful completion of a math placement test.
  • Students will be required to complete testing in the relevant subject areas if transcripts are not available.
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. For more information, please see English Proficiency.
  • View High School Course Equivalencies by Province.

How to apply for Academic Upgrading

Registration opens approximately two months prior to the start of course start dates. 

Step 1: Apply to Academic Upgrading and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.*

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above. You may be required to complete a placement test within two or three weeks of applying to satisfy admissions requirements. You will receive confirmation through acceptance. 

Step 3: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Placement testing

Once you have applied to the program, your transcripts will be reviewed by the academic upgrading team to determine the appropriate level of upgrading courses.

Placement tests are required to determine the proper level of placement in academic upgrading courses for math and physics. Placement tests in other subject areas are also available if you are not meeting prerequisites through high school transcripts. Contact upgrading@sait.ca for more details.

View the table below for courses that require placement testing. Please download and review the appropriate study guide and formula sheet prior to taking the placement test for your desired course.

*Students who have passed SAIT’s upgrading Math or Physics courses are not required to take placement testing.

Course  Educational equivalent Placement Test Guide Formula Sheet Attempt One  Attempt Two
MATH-100 Math 9 MATH-100 N/A

Take the test

Take the test

MATH-180 Math 10C MATH-180 Formula Sheet  Take the test
MATH-181 Math 20-1 MATH-181 Formula Sheet Take the test  Take the test
MATH-172 Applied Math 30 MATH-172 Formula Sheet Take the test 
MATH-162 Math 30-2 MATH-162

Formula Sheet

Take the test  Take the test
MATH-182 Math 30-1 MATH-182 Formula Sheet  Take the test Take the test
PHYS-181 Physics 20 PHYS-181 Formula Sheet  Take the test
PHYS-182 Physics 30 PHYS-182 Formula Sheet Take the test
BIOL-182 Biology 30 BIOL-182 N/A Take the test
CHEM-181 Chemistry 20 CHEM-181 Data Booklet Take the test
CHEM-182 Chemistry 30 CHEM-182 Data Booklet Take the test
COMN-180 ELA 10-1 COMN-180 N/A Take the test
COMM-181/182 ELA 20-1/30-1 COMN-181/182 N/A Take the test

An individualized program plan will be created. A program plan maps out the courses that need to be taken each semester and will be created for students based on their transcript and/or test results.


Note: all students taking upgrading courses must apply to Academic Upgrading through Apply Alberta.
Step-by-step registration instructions

To register in an academic upgrading or open studies course complete the steps listed below.

Once you have applied and been accepted into the program you can register. You’ll be using mySAIT for registration.

  1. Log into mySAIT with your SAIT ID.
  2. Select a term open for registration.
  • summer: July to August
  • fall: September to December
  • winter: January to April
  • spring: May to June
  1. Find your course and add it to your summary. If you’d like to register for multiple courses, add them to your summary now.
  2. Choose submit in the summary.
  3. Go to account summary and pay now to review your account balance.
  4. Choose pay now.
  5. On the landing screen, choose make payment, and advance to the account payment
  6. Choose to pay the current account balance and verify your payment amount and choose OK.
  7. Choose your method of payment — Visa or MasterCard.
  8. Enter your credit card number and choose continue.
  9. Enter your account information and choose continue.
  10. Review your confirmation details and choose submit payment.

You will receive a confirmation of payment via email. You can find your complete payment history in your account summary on mySAIT.

For downloadable instructions, click here.

Program outline

All SAIT upgrading courses are 3 credits. Three classes (9 credits) is considered full-time.

All prerequisites are set at 60% except for Science 10 and SAIT courses which are 50%.

For more detailed information, click here.

Course code AB Education equivalent Pre-requisite*
APSC-180 None - Science 10 for SAIT programs only None
BIOL-181 Biology 20 None
BIOL-182 Biology 30 Biology 20 or BIOL 181
CHEM-181 Chemistry 20 Science 10 or APSC 180
CHEM-182 Chemistry 30 Chemistry 20 or CHEM 181
COMN-180* English 10-1 Admission in the AU program
COMM-181 English 20-1 English 10-1 or COMN 180
COMM-182 English 30-1 English 20-1, English 30-2 or COMM 181
MATH-100* None (Skill Development) Admission in the AU program
MATH-162* Math 30-2 Placement test or MATH 181
MATH-172* Applied Math 30 Placement test or MATH 180
MATH-180 Math 10C Placement test or MATH 100
MATH-181 Math 20-1 Placement test or MATH 180
MATH-182 Math 30-1 Placement test or MATH 181
PHYS-181 Physics 20 Placement test or APSC 180
PHYS-182 Physics 30 Placement test or PHYS 181

*unavailable for summer intake

View additional Academic Upgrading program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course Delivery
  • On-Campus/Face-to-Face (Lecture) classes will run as traditional face-to-face classes in a classroom with an instructor present and students are expected to come to SAIT to attend these.
  • Online synchronous (Lecture) classes can be completed from home and will start and end at prescribed times and students are expected to log in online for a live lesson with an instructor.
  • Online asynchronous (Internet Paced) classes have no live lectures or discussions, however, these classes are supported by an instructor. This delivery mode is best suited for more independent learner for whom a scheduled course delivery won’t work and who require greater flexibility. These classes have specific start and end dates and the assignments/examinations also have deadlines. Students can log in at any time during the day to complete course content.
  • Blended courses run at scheduled times and consist of a mixture of synchronous live classes and asynchronous delivery, with half of the course running as a synchronous delivery (either on-campus or online synchronous) and the other half being online asynchronous.


For course upgrading pathways click here.

Students must pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program. Admission to SAIT and other post-secondary programs can be highly competitive. Grades higher than a minimal pass improve opportunities for admission to post-secondary programs. 

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is linked closely with student success in courses. Academic Upgrading has an attendance policy to help ensure that students give themselves the best chance of being successful in their upgrading courses. Please click here to download a copy of our attendance policy.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Number of courses Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan + 2021/22 total
1 $509.34 $166.60 $47.94 - $723.88
2 $1,018.68 $166.60 $83.89 - $1,269.17
3 $1,528.02 $396.60 $83.89 $252 $2,260.51

+This fee applied annually at the beginning of your student year for the duration of your program.

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Number of courses Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan + 2021/22 total
1 $1,889.50 $166.60 $47.94 $252 $2,356.04
2 $3,779.00 $166.60 $83.89 $252 $4,281.49
3 $5,668.50 $396.60 $83.89 $252 $6,400.99

+This fee applied annually at the beginning of your student year for the duration of your program.


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $91.60 per semester
Universal transit pass (UPass): If you are taking two courses during the semester, you may be eligible to purchase the UPass. If you are taking at least three courses, $155 will be added to your SAIT fees per semester.
Student support fee: $37.50 ($75 for 3 courses)
Student technology fee: $37.50 ($75 for 3 courses)

Health and Dental Fees

Applied after 3 courses for domestic students and 1 course for international students:

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • Students with comparable health and dental coverage through a different provider can opt-out – refer to the  Saitsa website for details on opting out or adding dependents.

Cost and supplies

  • Books and supplies are approximately $150 to $200 per course.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid. You could you potentially qualify for funding for your upgrading courses if you:

  • Are out of high school for more than 12 consecutive months
  • Are unemployed, working less than 20 hours per week and/or earning a modest annual income
  • Are 18 years old and are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent resident or Convention Refugee

If you can answer yes to all three or have any other questions then click here for more details.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2022


Your program orientation will take place Jan. 7 and 8 online or on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an open registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.  

Preparation courses

To support your success, two short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Part-time students may register by emailing academic.coaching@sait.ca.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

MATH 181, MATH 182 and MATH 172 use Open Educational Resources (OERs) so no purchase is required. Some instructors may recommend additional supportive books in the form of math workbooks. 

Consider waiting to purchase COMM 181 or COMM 182 textbooks until the first class so instructors can inform you of their preferences.


Phone: 403.210.5756  
Email: upgrading@sait.ca

Academic chair

Enda Morley, Academic Chair
Email:  enda.morley@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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