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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Olds College recognizes that learning is a continual process that can be achieved through formal, non-formal, and informal avenues including credit courses and programs offered at other institutions, non-credit courses, on-the-job training, professional workshops and skills gained outside the classroom through life and workplace experiences. 

Olds College is fully supportive of developing ways and means to provide appropriate recognition of a learner’s experiences or education.

There are five (5) ways in which RPL can be undertaken:

-        Transfer Credit
-        Challenge Exam
-        Course Waiver
-        Course Substitution

For a comprehensive breakdown of the policy governing RPL processes reference Policy D13.

Below is an overview of the two most common processes:  

Transfer Credit:

All post-secondary transcripts received from students who have been admitted into a program at Olds College and who have previously attended another post-secondary institution will be automatically reviewed by the Transfer Credit Advisor.  A Transfer Credit fee will be charged to the student account for assessments receiving transfer credit (refer to Current Fee Schedule – Ancillary Fees).

Please note* Transcripts must be submitted two (2) weeks before the semester start date.

For further information, please reference Policy D13.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) of Experiential Learning (work and life experience):   

Experiential learning or non-credit learning is acquired through work experience such as employment, practicums and non-credit courses or through life experiences. The residency and length of time over which the experiential learning was achieved will be a factor during the review or evaluation process. The method of evaluating the student experience and the documentation required to support the learning and knowledge achieved will be recommended by the Instructor or the Program Coordinator/Chair, in consultation with the Transfer Credit Advisor, and will take into consideration the type of learning achieved and the student ability to produce some type of demonstration of the learning experience.

Please note* Applications for PLAR must be submitted at least two (2) weeks before the student semester start date.

A $150 PLAR Assessment fee is required to be submitted with the application. If successful, fees for the course are then charged to the student account at half the tuition of each successful course (refer to Current Fee Schedule – Ancillary Fees).

For further information, please reference Policy D13. 

Olivia Knight

Student Advisor - Transfer Credit
Office of the Registrar

Phone: (403) 556-8281
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 ext 8281
Fax: 1 (403) 556-4711
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre