Transfer Credit

Coursework completed at another accredited post-secondary institution may be considered for credit towards NorQuest College courses. If you have completed courses at another institution that are similar and relevant to courses in your certificate or diploma program at NorQuest, you may request transfer credit.

Visit TransferAlberta.ca to search for transfer agreements between institutions. We may also be able to grant transfer credit for courses that are not listed on Transfer Alberta.

Know the deadlines.

Transfer credit is only reviewed once you submit the Transfer Credit Request form (50K pdf), official transcripts, and course outlines to the Office of the Registrar. We recommend that you submit your form at least one month prior to the start date of the term in which the course you are requesting credit for is scheduled. The deadline for requesting transfer credit is the drop deadline of the term in which the course is scheduled.

Steps for Requesting Transfer Credit:

  1. Be admitted to your program. Transfer credit can only be reviewed once you have met all the admission requirements and have been admitted to your NorQuest program.
  2. Research your program’s courses. Review your program’s course descriptions and compare them to previous courses you have taken. When you submit a transfer credit request, you will need to indicate a specific course you took previously, as well as the NorQuest course for which you are requesting transfer credit. NorQuest course descriptions are available by searching your specific program under Programs and Courses.
  3. Submit your transfer credit request before the deadline.
    • Complete the Transfer Credit Request form (50K pdf). You need to fill out a separate form for each individual course for which you are requesting credit.
    • Provide official transcripts. If an official transcript has not already been submitted, you must contact your previous institution and request an official transcript be sent to the Office of the Registrar. See Transcripts for information on requesting post-secondary transcripts.
    • Provide supporting documents. If the courses for which you’re seeking transfer credit to and from are listed at TransferAlberta.ca, you do not need to provide course outlines. For all other transfer credit requests you must submit the complete course syllabus/outline from your previous institution; short calendar course descriptions are not sufficient for assessing course equivalencies. If you do not have a copy of the syllabus or course outline, you must request one from your previous institution.

Your eligibility for transfer credit will then be reviewed by the Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit, and the decision will be communicated via MyMail. If you are granted transfer credit, you will receive a grade of “ADV” on your NorQuest transcript.

Other important information

Courses must be directly equivalent

Transfer credit is evaluated for directly equivalent courses. This means that the course you took previously must have equivalent learning outcomes to the NorQuest course for which you are requesting credit. Each course for which transfer credit is requested must carry the same minimum credit weight as the NorQuest course (e.g. for a three-credit NorQuest course, the course you are submitting for transfer must be worth at least three credits).

In cases where institutions divide the subject matter into two credit courses, two courses may be used to give credit toward one NorQuest course. However, one previous course will not be used to give credit towards two or more NorQuest courses, and the same course cannot be used for transfer credit multiple times. Courses which were not taken for credit will not be considered for transfer even if they have similar learning outcomes.

Minimum grade requirements

NorQuest College reserves the right to determine the minimum grade required for transfer credit approval. A minimum grade of C- or 60% is required.

Residency requirement

You must meet NorQuest College’s residency requirement of 50% of the program’s credit load. This is the minimum number of credits you must complete at NorQuest in order to graduate and obtain your credential.

Shelf life

All courses are subject to time limitations for awarding transfer credit, as up-to-date knowledge and skills are essential to student success. Five years is the standard shelf life for a program’s discipline-specific subjects (e.g. Nursing, including Anatomy and Physiology courses), and 10 years is the standard shelf life for more general courses (such as English or Psychology). NorQuest College reserves the right to determine the shelf life, and these requirements may vary by faculty.

Internal credit

If you have previously taken courses at NorQuest (e.g. through Open Studies), you may be able to use those credits towards another/new NorQuest program. Note that shelf life rules will be imposed on internal credit. You do not need to fill out the Transfer Credit Request form or supply course outlines and transcripts. To request a review email admissions@norquest.ca. Ensure that you provide detailed information in your email:

  • Your name
  • Student ID number
  • Your current program
  • A list of completed NorQuest courses you want reviewed for credit towards your new program.