Regulations and Policies
Recognition of prior learning through course work completed elsewhere, or through work and life experience, may be awarded in one of three ways; Advanced Credit, Challenge Exams, or Prior Learning Assessment. Please refer to the academic policy on Advanced Standing on the College website.
Application Forms for Advanced Standing are available from Student Services. All Advanced Standing decisions are coordinated through Student Services and are based upon the policies listed below.
Credits earned through advanced standing may not be included in a current credit load for purposes of maintaining full-time student status. If you are applying for a student loan or award and need to be in full-time attendance, it may be necessary for you to substitute other courses. Please check with Financial Aid. Credits earned through advanced standing will not be included in computation of your grade point average (GPA) with Grande Prairie Regional College.
Advanced Standing granted by Grande Prairie Regional College is for internal graduation purposes. Students transferring to other educational institutions are reminded that transfer credits awarded to any student for previous learning are subject to authority of each respective receiving institution.
Advanced Credit will normally be considered for courses in certificate and diploma programs. The authority to grant advanced credit for courses within the university transfer system belongs to the university awarding the degree.
Advanced credit may be granted for courses completed at another institution. If you are applying for advanced credit, you will need to provide copies of all academic transcripts. You may also need to provide course outlines for all courses in which credit is sought or calendar descriptions if course outlines are not available.
Only courses in which you have received a passing grade will be considered for Advanced Credit. The College reserves the right to determine the minimum passing grade required for transfer credit approval. While the College may accept for transfer credit a course with a minimum passing grade as determined by the sending institution, individual program progression or course prerequisite criteria may exclude you from the next level of study. Statute of Limitations may apply.
If Advanced Credit is granted, this will be noted on your Grande Prairie Regional College transcript. Normally, the maximum advanced credit that may be granted is one half the course load of a given certificate or diploma program. Departments may consider exceptions.
Some programs will allow students who demonstrate knowledge in the subject matter of a particular course to seek credit through challenge exams. Normally only courses currently offered may be available for challenge. The department will determine whether credit may be earned by challenge exam in a specific course.
There is a fee payable prior to completing a challenge exam. The grade obtained shall be recorded on the student’s official transcript for the academic session in which the challenge exam is completed. Unsuccessful challenge attempts will not be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Normally, the maximum number of courses that may be challenged is one half of the course load of a given certificate or diploma program. Departments may consider exceptions.
Credits and grades earned through challenge examinations will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the academic session in which the assessment has been completed and will appear on the transcript with the grade remark of E, Grade Awarded by Special Assessment. Grades awarded by special assessment are not included in the calculation of your GPA.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prior learning obtained through work, non-formal education, or self-studies may be relevant to some of our certificate or diploma programs. Once application has been made to Grande Prairie Regional College, a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition application may be completed and submitted to the appropriate department.
If the department approves an application for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), the student will be assessed a non-refundable fee. Approval of an application for Prior Learning Assessment does not guarantee credit will be given.
Assessment may take the form of challenge exams, portfolio assessment, interviews, oral examinations, practical, and laboratory demonstrations.
PLA credits and grades received shall be recorded on the student’s transcript for the academic session in which the assessment has been completed and will appear on the transcript with the grade remark of “E”, Grade Awarded by Special Assessment.