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This institution has signed on to Ontario’s Principles for Credit Transfer.

Transfer Advisor

General Information

Provides students with the main website(s) containing general credit transfer information.

Check out the following resources to learn more about credit transfer at Northern College: 

Required Grades and/or GPA, Level(s) of Completed Previous Education, and Program Prerequisites (Admission)

Provides students with the minimum grades and/or GPA, level(s) of completed previous postsecondary, and program prerequisites required for admission.

Review the admission requirements for all programs at Northern College:

Required Grade and/or GPA (Transfer Credit Eligibility)

Provides students with the minimum grade and/or GPA required for transfer credit eligibility.

The minimum grade required to transfer a course to Northern College is 60% or “C”. Exceptions apply when the minimum grade required for the program may be higher, as indicated in departmental policies.  

Course Equivalencies, Pathways and Articulation Agreements

Provides students with available course equivalency, pathway, and articulation agreement materials for planning purposes.

View Northern College’s transfer agreement opportunities:

Types of Credit Awarded

Provides students with the types of credit awarded and a brief definition of each (advanced standing, block, exemptions, equivalencies, specified, unspecified, generic, etc.).

Northern College awards advanced standing, equivalencies, and General Education and Breadth elective credits in recognition of previous learning.

Residency Requirements

Provides students with the amount of study they must complete in order to be awarded the credential in which they are enrolled.

The amount of transfer credit you can receive is limited by Northern College’s advanced standing policy. The policy states that at least 25% of credits in a program of study must be completed at the College.

Currency/Timing of Previous Postsecondary Education

Provides students with an indicator of the currency required to utilize their previously completed postsecondary education for transfer credit.

Northern College will generally consider courses completed within the past 5 years for transfer credit. There are some exceptions depending on the course. 

PLAR Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a PLAR assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your PLAR assessment at Northern College:

  • Identify the specific Northern College credit course(s) in which you are interested in obtaining credit through the PLAR process.
  • Contact the Student Services Office who will direct you to the site-designated PLAR staff.
  • Obtain appropriate course outlines and pay the applicable fee at the Student Services Office.
  • Review course learning outcomes for possible matches to your own learning. A significant majority of the outcomes, as found in the course outline, should be met prior to application.
  • Collect evidence to support your experience-based, college-level knowledge, i.e. resume, work samples, letters from employers, performance appraisals, etc.
  • If you wish to pursue the PLAR process to obtain academic credit, you will need to visit the Student Services Office, complete the ‘Request for Advanced Standing’ form and pay the PLAR fee by the date stated in the Academic Calendar.
  • Consult with a PLAR staff member for referral to an appropriate faculty assessor.
  • Consult with a faculty assessor.

PLAR Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a PLAR assessment (challenge exam, course challenge, portfolio, etc.).

A PLAR assessment at Northern College costs $151.15, which is the same cost as a Challenge Exam (these costs apply to the 2015/2016 academic year).

Appearance of Awarded Transfer Credit(s) on Transcript

Provides students with the code(s) used to record transfer credits on their transcript and an indication of whether these credits will be included in GPA calculation.

Transfer credits will be recorded on your Northern College transcript as "TC" and will not be included in GPA calculation.

Key Point(s) of Contact (Transfer Advisor and/or Service Area)

Provides students with a contact to discuss common credit transfer inquiries (Transfer Advisor, service area, etc.).

Contact a Northern College Transfer Advisor to discuss your credit transfer inquiries:

Official Credit Transfer Policies (Academic Regulations/Directives Documents, Calendars and Handbooks)

Provides students with a reference to official credit transfer policies outlined in academic regulations/directives documents, calendars, and handbooks.

Familiarize yourself with Northern College’s official credit transfer policies:

Transfer Credit Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a transfer credit assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your transfer credit assessment at Northern College:

  • If you have any questions, consult with the Pathways Office. 
  • Complete the application form and submit it along with the required documentation to the Student Services Office.
  • Use only one form for each transfer credit you are requesting.
  • Pay required transfer credit fees to the Student Services Office and retrieve the form with the payment section completed. Processing of your application will not proceed until payment has been received. 
  • Attach a course outline to each application.
  • Attach an official transcript if one was not sent to OCAS when you applied to your program. 
  • Bring or scan and e-mail your completed form and course outlines and transcript to the Pathways Office.
  • Decisions will be communicated to the student by the Pathways Office.

Transfer Credit Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a transfer credit assessment (advanced standing, exemption, etc.).

A transfer credit assessment at Northern College costs $25.00 per course up to a cap of $200.00 per two consecutive semesters (these costs apply to the 2015/2016 academic year).

Transfer Credit Required Documentation

Provides students with a listing of the documentation they must submit to have their previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit.

The documentation required to have your previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit at Northern College includes: 

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Course outline(s)
  • Completed 'Request for Advanced Standing-Transfer Credit (External)’ application form

Transfer Credit Application Form(s)

Provides students with a copy of the transfer credit application form or link to the online submission tool (where applicable).

Complete the application form at Northern College: 

Deadline(s) for Application

Provides students with the deadline by which they must apply for transfer credit.

Apply to transfer credit at Northern College anytime prior to the deadline noted in the Academic Calendar, available online. There are three deadline dates identified, one per semester.

Timing of Transfer Credit Decisions

Provides students with an expectation regarding the time it takes to process a transfer credit decision.

A transfer credit decision at Northern College will take approximately 1-3 weeks to process from the date the application is received at the Pathways Office, assuming all required documentation is included.

Review/Appeal Procedures

Provides students with the process for appealing a transfer credit decision.

A transfer credit decision cannot be reviewed/appealed at Northern College. However, students may apply to write a Challenge Exam or complete a Prior Learning Assessment request. endeavours to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding credit transfer; however, changes and updates to transfer opportunities happen on an ongoing basis. Students MUST check with the institution directly before applying to any program.