Transfer and Credit Options

Credit for Work or Life Experience

Get recognition for the skills and knowledge you acquired through work experience, non-credit courses, training, and professional certification.

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Applying for College and University Transfer Credits

Get recognition for credit courses completed at other recognized post-secondary educational institutions.

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High School Equivalency Tests

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?

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. Depending on the nature of your previous learning, there are two ways that you can request advanced credits:

Meet program entrance requirements

You may be able to use your work or life experience to gain admission to a competitive program if you meet the minimum entrance requirements and have relevant experience.

Currently, the following programs have a Recognition of Prior Learning admissions pathway. Please visit the program page, under “How to Apply” for more information:

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

Approved transfer credits will show up on your transcript with a grade of CR. Approved PLAR credits will show up on your transcript with a grade of CR and a “Prior Learning Recognition” comment.

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

Advanced Credit Maximums

Advanced credits can only be used to meet a maximum of 50% of the program requirements. Students must successfully complete at least 50% of their program requirement through NAIT to be eligible for graduation.

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 Student Service Centre.

Impact to student full-time status

Advanced credit may help you achieve your educational goals sooner, but it may affect your eligibility for student awards and funding. Please refer to the Student Awards and Funding Options page for more information on the required course load for each award and funding option. For international students, changes to your enrolment and credit load may impact your eligibility to work while studying or to apply for a Post-graduation Work Permit once you complete a program. Review IRCC website or NAIT Immigration and Visa Requirements webpage for more information.

Advanced Credit Appeal Process

If you don’t agree with the results of a Transfer or PLAR credit assessment, you should discuss the matter directly with your Program Chair within 10 business days of receiving the decision.

If you are still not satisfied with the result, after discussion with the Program Chair, you can follow the formal appeal process below:

  1. Prepare a statement outlining reasons for your formal appeal and gather any necessary additional documents.
  2. Complete and submit the Advanced Credit Appeal Form, along with all supporting documents, within 10 business days of receiving the program leader’s decision.
  3. Pay the $100 appeal fee that will be posted to your student account once your appeal package has been received. Please note: A $2.25% non-refundable* convenience fee will be added to all credit card payments. 
  4. The Registrar’s Office will refer the request to the appropriate associate dean academic/director.
  5. The associate dean academic/director will review the appeal and notify the student of the decision, with a copy sent to the Office of the Registrar, within 15 business days from the receipt of the appeal The Office of the Registrar will update the advanced credit posting and initiate the refund for the appeal fee if the appeal was successful within five (5) business days of receiving the decision from the associate dean academic/director. The decision of the associate dean academic/director is final.
  6. If your appeal is successful, your credit will be awarded and posted to your account. You will be refunded the $100 appeal fee.
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