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Transfer and Credit Options

Credit for Work or Life Experience

Enter programs or reduce your course load by earning credit for skills and knowledge acquired through learning like work experience, non-formal training, volunteer activities and hobbies.

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College or University Transfer

Get credit at NAIT for previously earned courses and credentials from other recognized post-secondary educational institutions.

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High School Equivalency

If you are missing or need to improve your marks in English, Math, Physics, Chemistry or Biology, you may wish to challenge one or more NAIT equivalency tests.

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What can Advanced Credit do for you?

Advanced credit can help you get into programs and potentially reduce the number of courses you must take to complete your program. NAIT grants advanced credit through an assessment of transfer credit, credential recognition, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

Reduce the number of courses you need to take

While each student is different, previous learning may be used in lieu of courses you would otherwise be required to complete  during your program. NAIT grants advanced credit through an assessment of

Meet program entrance requirements

You may be able to use your prior learning to gain admission to a program if you don’t qualify for admission standards.

In some cases, these qualifications will be considered replacements or equivalents of the required high school courses for most program entry.

Learn more about high school equivalency


Previously Earned Advanced Credit

NAIT will also do its best to recognize previously earned advanced credit, whether it was earned at NAIT or elsewhere. However, to do so, it may be necessary for students to resubmit their documentation for further assessment. You will not be charged for an internal NAIT transfer.

Transcripts and GPA

Your transcript will distinguish advanced credit, both from formal training and non-formal/informal learning. Formal training will be designated with a “CR,” and non-formal/informal learning will be designated with a “CR” and a “Prior Learning Recognition” comment.

Advanced credits are not included in the calculation of your Grade Point Average (GPA).

Advanced Credit Maximums

There is a maximum amount of advanced credit NAIT will grant. NAIT students must successfully complete at least 50% of their credit program with NAIT to be eligible for graduation.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Submit request for recognition of previously completed post-secondary education including certificates, diplomas and degrees.

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Are you eligible to earn credits for your work or life experience?

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) recognizes the skills and knowledge students may have gained prior to starting at NAIT. Credit for prior learning is awarded for what you know and can do in relation to the course learning outcomes.

+ Related work experience
+  Participation in related volunteer or leisure activities
+ Active involvement in professional associations

Take quiz to find out if you qualifyHow to apply for transfer credits

Canadian Military 

As a proud supporter of the Canadian Forces (CF), NAIT provides access to a wide variety of courses, upgrading and full-time programs to hundreds of Canadian Forces personnel and their families each year.

Training relevant to diverse industries, flexible opportunities (including full-time, part-time and online/distance courses), and small classes are just some of the many reasons why CF personnel choose NAIT to further their military careers or to transition to civilian life.

“NAIT’s atmosphere is positive and upbeat. I enjoy helping staff and students.”

Christine Bannerman,
NAIT Health Services Team Supervisor

Christine Bannerman may be retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, but the former flight nurse is still busy caring for people.

As the supervisor of NAIT’s Health Services Team, Christine leads a team of 8 registered nurses who care for students and staff who have a wide array of symptoms, including occupational injuries. Their goal is to get students back to class and staff back to work.

Read more Canadian Forces testimonials

Applying for Credit

Because NAIT is committed to supporting appropriate credit or recognition for prior learning, including through experience, CF personnel may be able to receive advanced credit based on their military career. Learn more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Contact Canadian Forces

Personnel Selection Office
Phone: 780.973.4011, ext. 5824

Education Coordinator, ASU Edmonton
Phone: 780.973.4011, ext. 5759

If you have any questions, please contact asknait@nait.ca

Program Admission

You may be able to use Recognition of Prior Learning to gain entry into NAIT programs.

While most Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is done at the course level, it is also possible to use RPL to meet the competitive entrance requirements or to measure related experience for admission to a credit program.

To learn more about the assessment process, please visit the individual program page. 

Impact to student full-time status 

Advanced credit may help you achieve your educational goals sooner, but it may affect your eligibility for financial aid or academic honours.

This is because the definition of full-time status for financial aid may be different than NAIT’s definition of full-time status. Only the courses you take at NAIT count towards determining full-time status.

Financial aid

For questions about financial aid, contact the Student Service Centre, CAT 180, Centre for Applied Technology.

For questions about academic honours, including semester honours, the Dean’s Honour Roll, an honours diploma/certificate, or awards, review NAIT’s Academic Regulations and Procedures (pdf), or contact advising or program staff

Advanced credit appeals

If you don’t agree with the results of an advanced credit assessment, you should discuss the matter directly with your Program Leader within 10 business days of receiving the decision.

Complete the top part of the Advanced Credit Appeal Request Form (pdf), and the Program Leader will review the assessment with you within 10 business days. There is no fee required for this review.

If you are not satisfied with the result of this informal appeal, you can follow the formal appeal process below. Please note that you must complete an informal appeal before beginning the formal appeal process.

Formal Appeal Process

  1. Provide reasons for your formal appeal and attach any necessary additional details to your Advance Credit Appeal Request Form.
  2. Submit the Advance Credit Appeal Form in person at the Student Service Centre within 10 business days of receiving the informal appeal. You are required to pay the $35 processing fee at that time. Please note: A $1.75% non-refundable convenience fee will be added to all credit card payments. For additional methods of payment, please visit Tuition & Fees.
  3. The Registrar’s Office will refer the request to the appropriate Dean.
  4. The Dean will review the appeal and inform the Registrar’s Office of the decision within 21 business days of receiving the request. You will receive a copy of the Advanced Credit Appeal Request form with the final decision noted. The decision of the Dean is final.
  5. If your appeal is successful, your student record will be updated, and you will be refunded the $35 appeal fee