Credit Transfer Centre

Come talk with us if:

  • you have attended another college or university
  • you have life or work experience related to your Georgian program
  • you want to take a course at another school and use it toward your Georgian program
  • you are in a Georgian program and want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Canada or abroad

What we do

The Credit Transfer Centre works together with academic areas and other postsecondary institutions to grant course exemptions to students based on their past coursework and/or previous life and learning experience. Specifically we:

  • promote and provide information regarding transfer services
  • create and improve transfer options and services for students
  • ensure college transfer policies and processes are followed and applied consistently
  • process exemptions granted by academic areas

In other words, we are the information, service and policy people.

Our services

  • advanced standing
  • articulation and transfer agreements
  • credit transfer
  • letters of permission
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
  • course exemptions
  • program and institution transfers

Role of the academic areas

For exemption and transfer purposes, academic areas:

  • assess past coursework for the granting of course exemptions
  • assess prior life and learning experience for the granting of exemptions
  • advise with regard to partnerships with other postsecondary institutions

Program areas are the content/subject matter experts.

Transfer principles

Georgian College endorses the Colleges and Institutes Canada principle regarding the benefits of multi-directional mobility for students. Georgian is committed developing procedures to:

  • support the objective that students transferring among member institutions should not have to repeat formal learning experiences
  • award transfer credit for current equivalent postsecondary learning and permit students to apply that learning to fulfill appropriate credential requirements
  • consider awarding credits assessed through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) from another member college or institute
  • provide students with access to transparent and consistent information and practices regarding course equivalencies, program prerequisites, transfer credits and credential recognition as well as PLAR
  • work with Colleges and Institutes Canada to share information on student credit transfer between member colleges and institutes in order to help inform future decisions related to student transfer

Contact information

Address

  • Georgian College, One Georgian Dr., Barrie ON Canada L4M 3X9

Office hours

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – open year-round unless the school is closed (e.g., statutory holidays)

Contact

Pathways Officer
Brad Delion
705.728.1968, ext. 1773

Credit Transfer Assistant
Rosa Santaera
705.728.1968, ext. 1447

Get started with your incoming transfer

You are an incoming transfer student if:

  • you have attended another college or university and would like to transfer your relevant, previously completed credits to your Georgian program
  • you have relevant life or work experience that you would like to use toward your Georgian program
  • you want to take a course at another recognized school and use it toward your Georgian program

These “how to” sheets provide step-by-step instructions on how to get started as an Incoming Transfer Student to Georgian College:

  • if you are applying for PLAR and/or credit transfer for a course(s) in which you are currently enrolled, you must continue to attend classes until your exemption(s) have been processed
  • an exemption is processed once it appears on your Banner unofficial transcript
  • drop your course once your exemption has been processed – students are graded in all registered courses
  • we encourage students to submit all exemption requests for the duration of their program at the same time
  • see FAQs for more information (including info on fees)

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Get started with your outgoing transfer

You are an outgoing transfer student if:

  • you are in a Georgian program and want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Canada or abroad
  • you would like to transfer from Georgian College to another institution
  • you want to take a course at another recognized school and use it toward your Georgian program

These “how to” sheets provide step-by-step instructions on how get started as an outgoing transfer student from Georgian College:

ONTransfer can help you find transfer options across Ontario including contact information for Transfer Advisors at other institutions.

  • see FAQs for more information (including info on fees)

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Explore Georgian’s many pathway opportunities:

Additional pathway opportunities at Georgian are coming soon…

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Advanced standing

How do I apply for advanced standing?

You can apply for advanced standing when submitting your application through Ontario Colleges. You will have to indicate on your application that you are applying for advanced standing. International applicants should apply for their program through Georgian College. Be sure to indicate on your application that you are applying for advanced standing.

How do I know if I should apply for advanced standing?

You should apply for advanced standing if:

  • you are transferring to the same or similar program at Georgian College and have completed more than one semester of studies
  • you have completed a program that is similar in nature to the program for which you would like to apply at Georgian College
  • you have significant life/learning/work experience in a field relevant to the program to which you would like to apply
  • you have a combination of all of the above

How will I know if my exemptions have been processed?

You can view whether your exemptions have been processed in your student Banner account under your unofficial student transcript:

  • Course exemptions will be marked with an “EX”�
  • PLAR exemptions will be marked with a “P”�
  • A grade will be entered for challenge exams

What is the difference between advanced standing and an exemption?

Advanced standing involves using a number of postsecondary credits from a recognized and accredited institution and/or PLAR experience (life/work/learning) toward exemptions in your Georgian College program that would place you in a semester beyond your first. Exemptions do not always result in advanced standing.

Can I be exempt from my entire program?

No. The following residency requirements must be met to be eligible for a Georgian credential:

  • for certificate of achievement programs, normally comprised of six courses, the student must complete a minimum of four out of six courses; for those programs having total graduation requirements of other than six courses, 75 per cent of the program courses must be completed
  • for certificate and diploma programs which are one to three years in duration, the student must complete a minimum of one semester OR 25 per cent of the program courses, whichever is greater, at Georgian College
  • for degree programs which are four years in duration, the student must complete a minimum of 25 per cent of the program courses at Georgian College; this means a student may be exempt from up to 75 per cent of their degree program, up to 50 per cent of the exemptions may be obtained by using PLAR and the remainder may be obtained through credit transfer

For all of the above, to meet residency, these must be different courses than those already taken for credit toward previous certification. For co-op programs, you must complete a minimum of one co-op in your program at Georgian College.

Articulation and transfer agreements

Can I receive credits at another institution (university) if I have not finished my program at Georgian College?

If you have completed at least one year of your diploma, you may be able to transfer credits. The new institution will review your transcript to assess for transfer credits for the courses you completed at Georgian College. Contact the new institution to learn more about transfer credits and the process there.

Can I receive credits if I transfer to a school not listed on the articulation and transfer agreement website?

Probably. If the school is in Ontario, visit the Ontario Council for Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT). Under the “How can we help”� tab, select “Find a Transfer Policy/Advisor.”� Here you will find all Ontario university names and their contact information. Search their websites and/or contact your institution of interest for information about transfer opportunities. If the university is outside of Ontario, contact the school directly to find out about transfer credits and the process there.

Does my program have an articulation/transfer agreement?

Likely, but to be sure, search your program on the articulation and transfer agreement webpage.

I want to complete a degree online after I finish my program at Georgian. Can I do this?

Yes, you can. Start with Athabasca University, Thompson Rivers University, Davenport University or University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT); all offer online programs. In addition, some programs at other universities may be available online but check the university website to be sure.

What is an articulation/transfer agreement?

An articulation agreement is an official agreement between two or more institutions (usually, a college and a university) that defines the terms and conditions of transfer from one institution to the other. The agreement enables students to transfer seamlessly between specific programs with transfer credit so that they do not have to repeat courses and they may finish a degree faster.

Credit transfer

How do I find Georgian College course descriptions?

Find current Georgian College course descriptions on your program outline.

How will I know if my transfer credits have been processed?

Transfer credits that have been processed can be viewed in your student Banner unofficial transcript:

  • course exemptions will be marked with an “EX”�

What communications exemptions can I get in my Georgian College program if I have university credits?

If you have completed a minimum of five university credits from an English-speaking institution in a country where English is the primary language, you will be granted your college COMM 1016. If you have been awarded a university degree from an English-speaking institution in a country where English is the primary language, you will receive both your COMM 1016 and COMM 1017. NOTE: You must still fill out a request for assessment of previous learning and go through the exemption process. For information on the exemption process, please visit the Credit Transfer Centre or email CTCRegistrar@GeorgianCollege.ca.

What grades must I have in each class taken at university/college to be eligible for course exemptions?

Normally, credit will be granted only for courses taken at accredited and recognized institutions with a grade of 60 per cent (C) or better; some program exceptions apply (see program outline).

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) exemptions

How many credits can be granted with PLAR exemptions?

The following residency requirements must be met to be eligible for a Georgian credential:

  • for certificate of achievement programs, normally comprised of six courses, the student must complete a minimum of four out of six courses; for those programs having total graduation requirements of other than six courses, 75 per cent of the program courses must be completed
  • for certificate and diploma programs which are one to three years in duration, the student must complete a minimum of one semester OR 25 per cent of the program courses, whichever is greater, at Georgian College
  • for degree programs which are four years in duration, the student must complete a minimum of 25 per cent of the program courses at Georgian College; this means a student may be exempt from up to 75 per cent of their degree program, up to 50 per cent of the exemptions may be obtained by using PLAR and the remainder may be obtained through credit transfer

For all of the above, to meet residency, these must be different courses than those already taken for credit toward previous certification. For co-op programs, you must complete a minimum of one co-op in your program at Georgian College.

How will I know if my PLAR exemptions have been processed?

PLAR exemptions that have been processed can be viewed in your student Banner unofficial transcript:

  • PLAR exemptions will be marked with a “P”�
  • a grade will be entered for challenge exams

Is it possible that a PLAR challenge may be unsuccessful?

Yes. If there is not enough evidence that a student has met at least 80 per cent of the learning outcomes in the course for which they are seeking exemption, the PLAR challenge can be deemed unsuccessful. A failed challenge exam is also considered an unsuccessful PLAR challenge.

What are the benefits of PLAR?

Benefits to students:

  • validates learning gained through learning/work/life experience
  • encourages applicants to pursue education
  • eliminates duplication of learning
  • may reduce the cost of education – tuition, books, supplies, etc.
  • may shorten the time to complete a college program
  • increases access to postsecondary education
  • helps with career development and future educational planning

Benefits to college:

  • increases student recruitment and retention
  • increases accessibility to a wide range of learners
  • allows for opportunities to improve connections with business and industry

Benefits to society:

  • fosters workplace partnerships with industry and institutions
  • acknowledges lifelong learning and the importance of continued growth
  • recognizes various types and ways of learning and gaining skills

What counts as PLAR experience?

PLAR is for learners with significant learning/life experience that may be equivalent to a college credit. It involves the assessment and evaluation of acquired comparable knowledge and skills that match at least 80 per cent of the learning outcomes of a Georgian College course. The focus of assessment is on evaluation of learning using a variety of techniques. Learning is assessed on an individual basis and should be current and relevant to the program, with sufficient depth to meet college-level learning. Individuals gain college-level learning and skills through learning/life experiences such as:

  • work experience
  • community involvement
  • professional associations
  • volunteer experience
  • self-directed study
  • travel
  • non-credit courses
  • hobbies

For an evaluation, program co-ordinators may ask you to provide evidence of your experiences such as:

  • portfolio of experiences
  • course/workshop outlines
  • job descriptions outlining duties and activities
  • letter from your employer
  • certification
  • writing a challenge exam

Providing such evidence will contribute to a proper evaluation of your experiences.

What methods are used to assess prior learning/life experience at Georgian College?

Prior learning/life/work experience can be assessed in a number of ways. Some methods include examination, performance observation, skills demonstration, documentation review, interview and/or portfolio evaluation. Failed credit courses do not qualify for PLAR challenge unless documentation to support learning/life experience is provided and the acquired learning has taken place after failing the course. For an assessment, program co-ordinators may ask you to provide evidence of your experiences such as:

  • portfolio of experiences
  • course/workshop outlines
  • job descriptions outlining duties and activities
  • letter from your employer
  • certification
  • writing a challenge exam

Letters of permission

How will I know if my courses completed on a Letter of Permission have been processed?

Courses completed on a Letter of Permission that have been processed can be viewed in your student Banner unofficial transcript:

  • course exemptions will be marked with an “EX”�

I would like to take a course at Georgian College on a letter of permission and the course has prerequisites, will I have to get exemptions for those prerequisites?

Yes. You must go through the exemption process to be exempt from any prerequisites to the course you are going to take on your letter of permission. Otherwise you will not be able to register for your desired course. For information on the exemption process, please visit the Credit Transfer Centre or email CTCRegistrar@GeorgianCollege.ca.

Exemptions (credit transfer/course/PLAR exemptions)

Can I be exempt from an entire program?

No. The following residency requirements must be met to be eligible for a Georgian credential:

  • for certificate of achievement programs, normally comprised of six courses, the student must complete a minimum of four out of six courses; for those programs having total graduation requirements of other than six courses, 75 per cent of the program courses must be completed
  • for certificate and diploma programs which are one to three years in duration, the student must complete a minimum of one semester OR 25 per cent of the program courses, whichever is greater, at Georgian College
  • for degree programs which are four years in duration, the student must complete a minimum of 25 per cent of the program courses at Georgian College; this means a student may be exempt from up to 75 per cent of their degree program, up to 50 per cent of the exemptions may be obtained by using PLAR and the remainder may be obtained through credit transfer

For all of the above, to meet residency, these must be different courses than those already taken for credit toward previous certification. For co-op programs, you must complete a minimum of one co-op in your program at Georgian College.

How long does it usually take for exemptions to be processed?

Once the program co-ordinator has evaluated/assessed the exemption request, it has been sent to the Credit Transfer Centre for processing and all documentation has been provided, it should take approximately one week.

I have different types of exemptions. How will I know if they have been processed?

All types of exemptions that have been processed can be viewed in your student Banner unofficial transcript:

  • course exemptions will be marked with an “EX”�
  • PLAR exemptions will be marked with a “P”�
  • a grade will be entered for challenge exams

How will PLAR exemptions and/or course exemptions be awarded on my transcript?

PLAR exemptions can be viewed in your student Banner account under unofficial transcript. They will be marked with a “P”� and will not count toward your GPA calculation. Unsuccessful PLAR challenges are not recorded on the transcript. PLAR exemptions that are strictly gained through challenge exams can also be viewed in your student Banner account under unofficial transcript. They will show the grade achieved on the challenge exam and will count toward your GPA calculation. A failed challenge exam will not be recorded on your student transcript. Course exemptions can also be viewed in your student Banner account under unofficial transcript. They will be marked with an “EX”� and will not count toward your GPA calculation. Unsuccessful credit transfer attempts are not recorded on the transcript.

If I am receiving exemptions, and I want another one, do I need to fill out the form again and pay the fee?

A form must be filled out for any new exemption request. For course exemptions, the fee is $50 per course up to a cap of $100 per semester. If you are applying for the additional exemption(s) in a new semester, you will have to pay the fee. If it is the same semester and you have capped at $100, you will not have to pay the fee again. For PLAR exemptions, the fee is $138 per course with no cap.

When does the exemption process need to be complete?

You should get started on the exemption process as soon as you think you might be able to receive exemptions. Ideally, all requests for credit transfer should be made prior to initial registration. If you have not done this, you should do your best to go through the process before the last day to add/drop courses in the semester (see important dates) you are to take the course(s) for which you are seeking exemption. If the course(s) for which you are seeking exemption applies to a future semester, get started as early as possible. NOTE: The exemption process may take longer in the summer term.

Who do I contact to get information about exemptions and determine if I can transfer any of my credits?

The Credit Transfer Centre provides information about course exemptions and credit transfer, and facilitates the process based on policy. Program co-ordinators (sometimes with the assistance of instructors) evaluate and assess whether a course exemption is warranted based on content.

General and process inquiries

Credit Transfer Centre, Office of the Registrar, C170, Barrie Campus, CTCRegistrar@georgiancollege.ca

Communications (COMM) exemptions

General Education (GNED) exemptions

Program-specific exemptions (core course exemptions)

Contact your program co-ordinator:

Why do so many co-ordinators/people sometimes sign-off on my form?

The person signing off on your exemption form depends on who is a subject matter expert in the course(s) from which you would like to be exempt. At times, program co-ordinators will rely on course instructors for their expertise in assessing an exemption.

Program and institution transfers

Where do I start if I want to transfer to another Georgian College program?

If the program you would like to transfer into is similar in nature to your current program, you will have to fill out a request for change of course/program/section form and speak with the applicable program co-ordinators. If the program you would like to transfer into is not similar in nature, you may have to apply for admission into the program. To find out, speak with the applicable program co-ordinators or contact the Office of the Registrar. You can find program co-ordinator contact information on the program outline. NOTE: If transferring programs, discuss your credit transfer/course exemption possibilities with the program co-ordinator of your new program and/or the Credit Transfer Centre.

Where do I start if I want to transfer to another institution in Ontario?

If you are looking to take advantage of an articulation and transfer agreement, you may visit our articulations page and search for opportunities relevant to your program. For more information you may also contact Brad Delion, Pathways Officer, at 705.728.1968, ext. 1773 or brad.delion@georgiancollege.ca. Another good place to search is Ontario Transfer. You can use the search function to find various pathway opportunities and/or find a transfer policy advisor at the institution to which you would like to transfer.

Where do I start if I want to transfer to another institution outside of Ontario?

If you are looking to take advantage of an articulation and transfer agreement, you may visit our articulations page and search for opportunities relevant to your program. For more information you may also contact Brad Delion, Pathways Officer, at 705.728.1968, ext. 1773 or brad.delion@georgiancollege.ca. If you would like to transfer to an institution outside of Ontario with whom we do not have an agreement, it is best to contact that institution to see what transfer credits and/or life/learning experience they would accept. You will likely be required to provide your official transcript and supporting documentation such as course outlines, syllabi, resumé, job description, etc.

Fees

Fees

Advanced standing: $100
Articulation and transfer agreements: fees are based on the institution to which you will be transferring
Letter of permission: $50 per course
Course exemptions and credit transfer:

  • $50 per course up to a cap of $ 100 per semester
  • COMM 1016, no charge

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR): $138 per course

Academic Pathways Fair (formerly Transfer and Degree Fair)

2017 Academic Pathways Fair (formerly Transfer and Degree Fair)

Jan.19, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Barrie Campus gymnasium

43 representatives from local, regional, national and international universities, colleges and agencies were on hand to answer questions about bachelor’s degrees and graduate studies, including master’s degrees, graduate certificates and Bachelor of Education programs.

2017 registered institutions list

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articulation partner campus visits

Throughout the year our transfer partners visit our campuses to speak with our students about pathway opportunities. Transfer agreements allow Georgian graduates who wish to continue their studies elsewhere to transfer credits to programs at other institutions so that they do not have to repeat courses. Currently, 98 per cent of Georgian programs offer over 660 pathway opportunities with more than 59 institutions in Ontario, elsewhere in Canada and around the world.