Transfer Credit, Challenge Exams and Prior Learning Assessments

Whether you’re transferring from another institution, thinking of changing your program at Northern or are continuing your academic career with credentials in-hand from us, we are here to help you navigate Northern and beyond.

 

Transfer Within Northern – Internal Transfer Credits

Students who completed courses at Northern College may not need to repeat courses successfully completed at Northern College when transferring to a new program internally.

To have the credit(s) recognized for your new program:

  • Meet with your Program Coordinator who will verify the course equivalency
  • Complete the Request for Advanced Standing (Internal) application by logging in to your account in the online Northern College Student Portal. Use only one application for each transfer credit you are requesting. There are no fees for applying for internal transfer credits.

Important Notes: Minimum grade requirements and currency of curriculum will be considered in the decision. Normally, transfer credit will only be granted for courses completed within the last five (5) years. The grade achieved in the original course will be calculated in your GPA. Decisions will be communicated to the student by the Pathways Officer.

 

 

 

Transfer Into Northern – External Transfer Credits

Thinking of transferring schools or expanding on your career? We’ve got opportunities for you! Advanced standing could be attainable. Transfer your earned credentials and experiences, or challenge your knowledge with Northern.

 

External Advanced Standing Transfer Credits

Transfer of credits from Ontario Colleges and other public colleges and universities will be considered on a course-by-course basis. Transfer credits will be granted when, in the opinion of the college, the work covered is equivalent in objectives and evaluation standards to the corresponding course of study at Northern College.

To have the credit(s) from another institution recognized for your new program, complete the Advanced Standing – Transfer Credit (External) Request Form and submit it along with the additional required documentation, listed below, to pathways@northern.on.ca.

Additional Required Documentation:

  • Course outline from each previous successfully completed course you wish to use for a transfer credit
  • Official transcript from your previous institution
  • Receipt of payment

Please use only one form for each transfer credit you are requesting and pay the required Transfer Credit fees. Currently, fees are $25.00 per transfer request with a maximum of $200.00. Payment can be submitted at Student Services on campus or through your online student account. Consult with the Pathways Officer if you need assistance or direction.

Processing of the Request for Advanced Standing will not proceed until payment, course outlines and official transcript have been received. Our Pathways Officer will work in conjunction with your Program Coordinator for Assessment. Normally, transfer credit will only be granted for courses completed within the last five (5) years. Decisions will be communicated to the student by the Pathways Officer. The approved Transfer Credit is recorded as “TC” on your transcript and will not be factored into your GPA.

For general information about Credit Transfers in Ontario visit ONCAT. For previously granted course equivalencies for Northern College go to ONTransfer.

 

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Knowledge and skills gained through life experiences may be assessed for credit through the process of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Assessment may take form of written portfolios, demonstrations, testimonials, tests, projects, and other methods of assessment.

To apply, complete the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) Request Form (PDF, 457 KB) and submit it to Services Office at your campus. Please use only one form for each PLAR you are requesting and pay the required Prior Learning Assessment Recognition fees to the Student Services Office.

Student Services will then direct the student to the College designated PLAR staff member. Credit obtained through PLAR will be recorded as “CR” on the student’s transcript and will not be factored into the GPA

For more information on Prior Learning Assessments & Recognition (PLAR), please review the PLAR Reference Guide (PDF, 136 KB).

 

Challenge by Exam

Students who feel they have the required knowledge (through audit, informal studies, OAC’s, experience, etc.) to address the course outcomes, may apply for Challenge By Exam.

Complete the Challenge By Exam – Request Form (PDF, 218 KB) and submit it to Services Office at your campus. Please use only one form for each Challenge Exam you are requesting and pay the required Challenge By Exam fees to the Student Services Office for signature approval.

Bring the signed Advanced Standing Form to your Program Coordinator who will schedule an exam date. The grade achieved on the challenge exam shall be recorded on the student’s transcript. A student who fails a Challenge Exam may not challenge the course again until one full academic semester has passed. Students may not challenge a course more than twice. If unsuccessful after two challenges, you will have to retake the course.

 

Pre-Admissions Testing

Mature learners who 19 years of age (or older) or were home schooled and do not meet the admissions requirements, have several options for Pre-Admission Testing. Please note that fees do apply for Pre-Admission Testing.

Option #1 – Write your English Grade 12 equivalency and/or write your Math Grade 11 or 12 equivalencies with Pre-Admissions Testing.

Option #2 – Academic Upgrading offers Chemistry or Biology courses. (These cannot be taken as a test option). Preparatory courses also available for English and Math testing.

 

Fees

Applications fees for Transfer Credits, Prior Learning Assessments and Challenge Exams are non-refundable. Deadline to apply for Advanced Standing is day 10 of the academic semester. Please refer to the Academic Calendar.

 

Important Information for All Advanced Standing Requests

  • Students MUST continue to attend classes in the course until a decision has been made.
  • The decisions and/or grades assessed by the Academic staff are final and are not subject to appeal.
  • Should a student’s status drop from full-time to part-time, as a result of transfer credits, they are encouraged to meet with their program coordinator to select other courses (if possible) to add to their timetable. A change in status can affect funding from OSAP.
 
 
Transfer From Northern

You’ve worked hard, now let’s see where your education can take you! Check out all your options ay ONTransfer and to apply to the institution that appeals to you.

To request your course outlines and transcripts to apply to another institution, please complete the Course Outline Request Form (PDF, 76 KB) and submit to Student Services.

Transcripts can be requested by logging into your account in the Student Portal.

 

Contact

pathways@northern.on.ca
705-235-3211 ext. 2190

 

Policies

For Transfer Credit, Prior Learning Assessment and Challenge Exam policies, please refer to Advanced Standing Procedure – Academic Policy #A-29 PR-2.