Is the content of a course in your program similar to a course, work experience or training that you previously completed? It could count towards your Lethbridge College credential as either a transfer credit or prior learning credit (PLC).

Transfer credit

To determine if you are eligible to receive transfer credit, please visit Transfer Alberta or speak with one of our admissions specialists. To be eligible for transfer credit, courses must be completed from a publicly-funded, accredited post-secondary institution within the last 10 years.

If you are awarded transfer credit, it appears on your transcript as a “TR” grade and is not calculated into your GPA.

Prior learning credit

If you believe you are able to meet the learning outcomes in one or more of your classes based on previous coursework or work/life experience, you may be able to receive course credit by completing our prior learning assessment (PLA).

  1. Contact the program chair/designate of your program to discuss the PLA process. You must be admitted to a Lethbridge College academic program before any prior learning is assessed.
  2. If, after discussion with the program chair/designate, you appear to be a candidate for PLA, you will be given the following information:
    • Guidelines for each course, describing how your prior learning is to be demonstrated or documented. This could include one of more of the following: challenge exam, portfolio, skills demonstration, existing certifications or an oral interview.
    • PLA fee for each course as applicable.
    • Timelines involved.
    • Program-specific information such as contact person, portfolio format, process for setting a time for a challenge exam.
  3. If you decide to proceed, complete the PLA application with the assistance of the program chair/designate.
  4. Demonstrate or document your prior learning as outlined in the guidelines and complete the requirements and/or submit your portfolio with the agreed upon timelines.
  5. Once the course evaluator completes the assessment, you should receive:
    • results and/or feedback
    • materials you submitted, if applicable (i.e. portfolio, videos)
    • communication from the program chair/designate or the Registrar’s Office regarding the final grade

Note: A PLA should be completed a minimum of one term prior to when you hope to be eligible for graduation.

Additional information

PLA is done on a course-by-course basis. Not every course is available for PLA. You must complete at least 25 per cent of the credits required for your program by being registered in the applicable Lethbridge College courses. A successful prior learning assessment appears on your transcript as a PLC grade. The grade PLC does not calculate into your GPA.

If your prior learning assessment is not successful, you may follow the Lethbridge College academic appeal process.

If you are planning on transferring to a university in the future, be aware that some universities may not accept courses awarded PLC or may limit the number of courses completed through the PLA process.