Credit transfer in postsecondary education refers, at the most general level, to the ability of students to move from one institution to another and receive appropriate credit in one institution for learning achieved in another. The primary goal of credit transfer frameworks and policies is to support student mobility while, at the same time, maintaining the integrity of educational programs and credentials. How the process works varies from province to province and is directly related to the structure of the postsecondary education system, the degree of alignment between college and university programs and the level of institutional autonomy, especially with regard to curriculum design and institutional policies. Agreements among institutions with regard to credit transfer are often published in a central database accessible by students and potential students.
In order to understand credit transfer in Ontario, see Postsecondary Education in Ontario, Postsecondary Credentials in Ontario, Credit Transfer in Ontario and the Ontario Government's Policy Statement for Credit Transfer. For information about credit transfer pathways among Ontario colleges and universities, see The Ontario Postsecondary Transfer Guide.