About the credit transfer process
Applications for transfer credit and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) may take up to five weeks to process. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their request 60 days prior to the start of the program. This will allow sufficient time to complete the assessment and make changes to course registration (if applicable). Only completed applications with all required documentation and payment will be processed. Please consider this timeline when submitting your application and documentation, as this may impact your ability to select courses during registration.
Please note: To pay the application fee for Credit Transfer, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Letter of Permission applications, the payment method is through online banking. Simply log in to your bank and set up your payment as you would a utility bill or cell phone bill. The payee name is “Georgian College TUITION” and the account number is your nine-digit student number. Due to remote delivery of services, credit card and other methods of payment cannot be taken at this time. Please feel free to contact our Credit Transfer team for any questions.
Interested in coming to Georgian from another postsecondary institution?
Use the new transfer equivalency tool to find out how courses taken at another accredited institution might transfer towards your education at Georgian College. Whether you are thinking about applying, or have already been accepted, this self-service tool is designed to make the transfer process easier and more transparent.
Prospective applicants, current students, or former Georgian graduates can use the online transfer equivalency tool to understand how their previous education can be transferred towards their desired program at Georgian College.
Faculty can also use this tool when working with students to determine how credits from other institutions can be applied to Georgian’s degree requirements.
Please note that courses entered in transfer equivalency tool are for your self-evaluation only and will not be accepted without an approved transfer credit form. Review transfer principles and information about transfer credit to Georgian.
Not all courses will transfer and/or apply to every major. Speak with an academic advisor for additional information about transferring credit to your chosen major.
Transferring into Georgian
Students who have previously attended another accredited post-secondary institution may be eligible for transfer credit towards their program at Georgian.
Types of transfers
- Block transfer: Completed at least one full year of study at another accredited postsecondary institution.
- Individual transfer: Individual courses completed at another accredited institution may be transferred towards your education at Georgian College. These may include General Education, Communications, or core courses.
- Advanced Standing: Transferring into the same or similar program at Georgian College and have completed at least one full semester of studies. If you are transferring from or previously attended an Ontario College, please visit ONtransfer for course equivalencies and transfer pathways.
Transfer credit assessments are done at the time of admission. Once you accept your offer, please complete the transfer credit form and submit along with official transcript and course outlines to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, official transcripts in a sealed envelope by the sending institution can be sent to:
Georgian College, One Georgian Dr.
Barrie ON L4M 3X9
Please note: Students must take a minimum 25 per cent or one semester (whichever is greater) of the program requirements at Georgian College. Refer to graduation residency requirements for more information.
For course-to-course equivalencies, including core courses, general education or communications courses, a student must have:
- attended a recognized and/or accredited postsecondary institution
- achieved an overall course GPA of 60 per cent (some Georgian courses require a higher course GPA than 60 per cent)
- taken the course in the last 10 years (some courses have a longer or shorter expiry date)
Please note: course outlines or syllabus are required to determine if the learning outcomes match at least 80 per cent. Some exceptions apply.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Students have the opportunity to challenge program requirements based on relevant work or life skills and knowledge gained prior to starting your program at Georgian.
If you are planning to study in a program where you have relevant work or life experience in that field, you may be eligible to receive credit through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Challenge methods include:
- Portfolio: A group of documents that shows record of your experience as it relates to the course. This may include resumé, cover letter, certifications, performance appraisals, employer letter, job descriptions, hours worked, etc.
- Challenge exam: Developed by the subject matter expert (lead faculty) who evaluates your knowledge against the learning outcomes.
To confirm if a course is eligible for credit through PLAR, please contact the Credit Transfer team. You will need to complete a PLAR form and submit to the Office of the Registrar along with payment. The Credit Transfer team will confirm your registration with the academic area and the lead faculty member will contact you to schedule an evaluation date and time. The lead faculty will send results to the Credit Transfer team and will confirm results with the student.
Please note: Georgian does not record unsuccessful PLAR results on a student’s transcript and you will need to register for the course when it is next available. Results are not subject to appeal. Students can receive credit for up to 75 per cent of a certificate or diploma through PLAR depending on the relevancy and extent of your work experience. For degree programs, a maximum of 50 per cent can be obtained through PLAR.
Transferring within Georgian
The Georgian Pathways Program creates many pathway opportunities for transfer students or diploma-to-degree pathways within Georgian College.
CYCA (fast-track): Graduates of a diploma or degree in a related field may receive up to a year of advanced standing in Child and Youth Care (fast-track)
BAPA (fast-track): Graduates of Police Foundations, Community and Justice Services and Protection, Security and Investigation may receive up to two years of advanced standing toward the Honours Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies).
BBGM: Graduates of Golf Facilities Operation Management may receive up to one year of advanced standing toward the Honours Bachelor of Business – Golf Management.
BBAA: Graduates of Automotive Business may receive up to two years of advanced standing towards the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management.
BBML: Graduates of a two- or three-year business studies diplomas at an accredited institution may receive up to two years of advanced standing towards the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Management and Leadership).
Courses that are shared between different programs at Georgian will have the same course code (in most cases). Course equivalencies are listed on the course outlines.
Please note: In most cases, Communication and General Education courses transfer automatically between Georgian certificate and diploma programs. For degree programs, Liberal Arts electives will transfer automatically between programs (with some exceptions).
Transferring out of Georgian
Georgian College forms agreements with accredited postsecondary institutions to establish clear pathways for graduates who are seeking to continue their education in Canada and abroad.
Students have the option of transferring to another postsecondary institution after completing your Georgian program. This may include diploma, degree and graduate certificate programs.
- While we strive to maintain the most current pathways, it is the student’s responsibility to review the pathway and contact the receiving institution to confirm admission requirements and program details.
- For a list of transfer agreements with institutions in Ontario, please visit ONtransfer.ca. For transfer agreements with other provinces and countries please search our articulation and transfer agreements.
Letters of permission
Are you looking to register for a course offered at another institution and use it towards your program requirements? If so, you will need to complete the letter of permission form and contact your program co-ordinator. If your program co-ordinator approves you to take the course elsewhere, the Registrar’s Office will issue you a letter of permission for your records. In some cases, the receiving institution will need to see the letter so they can register you into their course.
Upon completion of the course, you will need to request an official transcript be sent to the Credit Transfer team so we can apply the transfer credit.
Alumni success stories
Martin Macdonald | Architectural Technology
When I started at Georgian College I wasn’t aware of the articulation agreement pathways that the college offered. Three years ago I started the Architectural Technology diploma, and now I’m currently studying toward a Bachelor of Architectural Design at Griffith University in Australia. Georgian College provided me the foundation to pursue further studies in my field.
I’m looking forward to what comes next. I would definitely recommend this pathway for anyone who is interested in studying in another country, and am excited about a new life experience.
Eunice Odartey | Aviation Management
I always knew I wanted to earn a degree and Georgian made it possible for me. I currently work for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)-Worldwide, Admissions. This all came about because of the Georgian College articulation with ERAU. Right after Georgian, I continued my studies at ERAU in Florida through their articulation agreement and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management in just one year. After completing my undergraduate studies, I furthered my education at ERAU and also earned a Master’s in Business Administration. Thank you so much Georgian for the articulation agreement!
Robyn Glassier | Business Administration – Marketing
After completing my diploma at Georgian, I wanted to continue my education abroad and obtain a degree in marketing. An articulation agreement between a Georgian and the University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK, provided me with this opportunity. Not only did I receive a great education experience, I was able to immerse myself in Welsh culture while meeting students and faculty form all over the world. I would go again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Georgian College, for making this partnership possible!
Todd Palmer | Advertising
Completing the Advertising diploma at Georgian allowed me to pursue an exciting career in advertising and promotions in the radio industry. It also gave me the opportunity to further my studies by completing a degree at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, in just two years through an articulation agreement.
Thanks to this, I was able to move from the radio industry into the home development sector and progress into my current position as Marketing and Sales Director for Barrie’s largest builder since 1890, Pratt Homes. I am proud of my achievements and look forward to seeing where my education can take me from here!
Alison Couch | Aviation Management
Ornge is an air ambulance services provider in Ontario. I oversee compliance to aerodrome standards and operating procedures. I love my job! Despite it being my first position out of college, it has responsibility and is preparing me for further career growth. I am currently in the online Master of Aviation Management program at Griffith University (Australia), which is an articulation agreement with Georgian College. I was intimidated to go to college but when I was finally there it was amazing. I would definitely recommend the program.
Brandon Norrie | Business Administration
I spent two years at Brock University, then transferred to Georgian College where I graduated from the Business Administration advanced diploma program. My educational goal was always to complete a Bachelor’s degree in the same area. While now working as a Business Intelligence Analyst at Georgian College, the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Leadership program was the perfect fit for me to achieve this. The dedicated online options to complete the program have provided me with the opportunity to further my education while working full time. I have the flexibility to complete coursework on a schedule that fits my life. The credit transfer opportunities offered through Georgian College are allowing me to achieve my educational goals and further my career simultaneously.
Contact Credit Transfer team
Our team is always available for questions related to the process of transferring at Georgian.
Please include your student ID and the term in the subject line.
Location: Student Services Centre (Room C120), Welcome Centre
Sending your transcript
You can submit your transcripts to Georgian in a variety of ways.
- Email copy directly from the Registrar’s Office of the previous institution
- Order to have it sent to us directly from OCAS
- With this option, you have to monitor the status of the transcript request on OCAS and send us an email to advise that it has been sent to the institution
Please refer to Academic Regulations 2020-2021 for information regarding fees associated with credit transfers. There are no charges for advanced standing and course exemptions or credit transfers between Georgian programs.
Advanced standing: $100
Articulation and transfer agreements: Fees 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 (first COMM request, no charge)
Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR): $131 per course