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SAIT Credentials and the Academic Calendar

Whether you're already on a career path or just beginning a new journey, SAIT can help you on your way with a variety of credential options including bachelor’s degrees, applied degrees, diplomas and certificates.

SAIT’s programs will lead to either a credit or non-credit credential. We know these may be new terms to some, so it is important to understand the difference.

Programs and courses

From degrees, diplomas and certificates to apprenticeship training and continuing education, SAIT offers the education you need to move forward with your future. View all

Credit credentials

A credit credential includes courses with post-secondary credit applied. These credits will be used towards their specific program and may be accepted towards a credential at SAIT or a different post-secondary institution. The credit credentials include bachelor’s degree, applied degree, diploma, certificate and post-diploma certificate.

  • Bachelor Degree:  
    • SAIT has bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as business, construction and hospitality and tourism management. 
    • Bachelor’s degrees are generally four-year programs, but students have up to 10 academic years to complete their courses.
  • Applied Degree: 
    • SAIT’s full-time applied degree programs involve one year of study through classes and lab work followed by one year of directed studies in a workplace setting. This builds on the completion of a recognized two-year diploma. Students must have their diploma before they can be admitted to an applied degree program.
    • They then have seven academic years to finish their applied degree, starting from the day they begin the first course in that program.
  • Diploma:
    • At SAIT, there are over 40 full-time diploma programs that cover a broad range of areas, from aircraft maintenance to travel and tourism.
    • Most diploma programs are completed in two years, though students can take up to seven academic years to complete the requirements.
  • Certificate:
    • SAIT has a number of certificate programs in areas like the sciences, health and trades.
    • These programs provide the essential skills to start a career but are shorter in length than SAIT's diploma programs - usually a year or less. However, students have up to five years to complete their program.
  • Post-Diploma Certificate:
    • SAIT offers three full-time post-diploma certificates. These programs build on skills developed through a diploma or degree program and combine classroom instruction with a workplace practicum.
    • They are often completed in a year or less.

Non-credit credentials

A non-credit credential is made up of courses and programs designed for professional or personal development. Because these do not have post-secondary credits attached, they cannot be used towards any of the credentials above. We also cannot guarantee an external institute will accept these courses or credentials for transfer credit.

SAIT’s non-credit certificates of achievement and completion are offered through Continuing Education and Professional Studies.

  • Certificate of Achievement:
    • Certificates of achievement recognize the completion of a program that includes a formal evaluation of performance and a minimum of 144 (required and elective) course hours. Certificates of achievement typically develop broader, complex skillsets. As of July 1, 2022, students have up to three years to complete the certificate. Students who began these programs before July 1, 2022 continue to have five calendar years within which to complete the program.
  • Certificate of Completion:
    • Certificates of completion recognize the completion of a program that includes a formal evaluation of performance and a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 143-course hours. These certificates are shorter in duration compared to certificates of achievement and offer a focused education program. As of July 1, 2022, students have up to three years to complete the certificate. Students who began these programs before July 1, 2022 continue to have five calendar years within which to complete the program.
  • Professional Certificate:
    • Program certificates recognize completion of a program that includes the formal evaluation of performance and that is a minimum of one year in length. These certificates have program-specific admission requirements.
  • Micro-credential:
    • A micro-credential recognizes the completion of a non-credit course that includes a formal evaluation of performance and verifies the student has demonstrated specific competencies. Micro-credentials focus on the mastery of specific skills. Upon successful completion of a SAIT micro-credential (SAITMicro), students receive a digital, shareable badge.
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Academic Calendar information

Explanation of SAIT’s academic year

SAIT’s academic year begins July 1 and goes until June 30 of the following year. All completion timelines are based on this and not the calendar year. For example, a certificate program that starts in Spring 2021 would be recognized as starting in the 2020 academic year. You would need to complete your program by June 2025 or the end of the 2024 academic year.

If you have any questions about your program timeline, please speak with your academic chair or program coordinator.


* This calendar is published online annually for information to the general public. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy. SAIT reserves the right to change the information in the calendar without notice, including course and program revisions or cancellations, standards of admission, fees and charges. SAIT does not accept responsibility or liability for any person who may suffer loss or who may be otherwise adversely affected by such change, however, caused. 

** The Board of Governors of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) reserves the right to make additions, deletions, changes, or modifications to its policies, practices and procedures and/or to its tuition fees, course and program availability, delivery modes, schedules, or program requirements at any time without prior notice. The publication of information in this Calendar does not bind SAIT to the provision of courses, programs, services or facilities as listed herein and, notwithstanding any offer of placement made by SAIT to an applicant, SAIT reserves the right to cancel or modify any courses, programs or services or dispose of any facilities at any time. Students are responsible for informing themselves of SAIT's regulations and policies and the specific requirements associated with the credentials sought. Every student accepted for registration by SAIT shall be deemed to have agreed to be bound by the regulations and policies of SAIT, as the same may be revised from time to time. All such regulations and policies are available for viewing online, at the SAIT library or the office of the registrar. SAIT specifically reserves the right to exercise its sole, absolute, and unfettered discretion in admitting individuals to SAIT, its programs, courses and facilities. SAIT shall incur no liability for losses, damages or costs incurred by any applicant, student or a third party as a result of the delay, alteration, or termination of services, courses, programs or tuition or other fees, as the case may be, by reason of causes beyond SAIT's reasonable control, including without limitation, acts of God or the public enemy, acts of government, fire, strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, damages to SAIT property or facilities, inability of SAIT to procure or produce materials, civil unrest or disobedience and also by reason of financial or budgetary exigencies or restraints. SAIT does not warrant the results or outcomes of participating in programs or courses.

SAIT does not warrant the results or outcomes of participating in programs or courses.

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