Dual credit programs

Dual credit provides opportunities for students to personalize their high school experience and build on or discover their career passions and interests.

The Government of Alberta identifies dual credit as programming that is authorized and funded by Alberta Education in which grade 10, 11, or 12 students can earn both high school credits and credits that count toward a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, including a journeyperson certificate.

Information for students

Eager to get started on your future right now? Take post-secondary courses in high school – and earn credit for both at the same time!

Dual credit experiences are available at participating high schools in partnership with NorQuest College. Dual credit experiences are available to students that meet entrance requirement and the individual school’s selection requirements. Courses are scheduled with consideration of regular high school courses, programs, and interests, and may include opportunities and experiences with employers outside of regular school hours.

Dual credit students will need to:

Information for schools

Dual credit educational experiences provide high school students with the opportunity to enrol in post-secondary courses and earn credits toward their high school diplomas as well as earning post-secondary credits for the same courses. Dual credit experiences are available to partnering high schools and are planned to fit with students’ high school programs and interests, as well as their post-high school career and educational goals.


Dual credit opportunities are designed to facilitate student engagement, retention, and high school completion. By participating in dual credit experiences students are encouraged to plan for their transition to work and post-secondary education. Dual credit enrolment is recognized as a part of a high school’s credit enrolment count.


Schools are also responsible for providing information about dual credit opportunities to parents and students and assisting students with planning for dual credit experiences in relation to their high school programs and their post-high school career and educational planning.

Schools and school districts must ensure that all relevant Alberta Education policies are followed including those found in the Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12 and the Off-campus Education Handbook.

Delivery options

A variety of delivery options are possible. Courses can be offered on the high school campus. Students may attend classes at the college. Sometimes, high school students take courses with college students on campus or at a community learning centre. Students from several high schools can be grouped together to form one class. Online and video conference deliveries are other options. Several delivery modes can be used in any one dual credit project.

Visit the Government of Alberta website for more information on dual credit.

For more information

If you are interested in dual credit programs for high school students, contact your high school counselor or administrator.