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Evaluations and Transfer Credit Policy


In general, Metropolitan Community College will not grant transfer credit to courses that appear as “transferred credit” from another institution.  The College will review an applicant’s previous post-secondary education towards his/her intended credential following admission into Metropolitan Community College.  In doing so, the institution will:

a)  invoke a one-off non-refundable evaluation fee of CDN$100.00 for this service,

b)  give consideration to the nature of the issuing institution, in evaluating courses,

c)   review the contents of the particular course, comparability of the course outline and study materials, level of student, course clarifications, and finally

d)  determine the application of the course(s) for review to the student’s educational objectives.


Depending on the outcome of the evaluation, one of the following will occur:

a) Block credit to a maximum of 30 credits may be granted and reflected on the student’s transcript of academic record, counting towards the grade point average;

b) Award of credit on a course-by-course evaluation basis, counting towards the grade point average;

c) Courses with less than “C” grade on a 4-point scale, or equivalent are not eligible for transfer credit.

d) Stale courses: courses completed three years or more prior to application for evaluation are considered stale-dated, and will not be evaluated.

e) Course(s) that count towards the completion of a previous credential are not eligible for transfer credit review.


 Non-Canadian Students

Non-Canadian students who wish to present international credentials for transfer credit to Metropolitan Community College are advised to refer to Foreign Transcript Evaluation.  If you choose not to use an assessment agency, you may not obtain a transfer credit for your course work towards a Metropolitan Community College program.

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Prior learning assessment and recognition aims to award credit towards an applicant’s intended qualification at Metropolitan Community College.  PLAR recognizes the knowledge that an applicant has acquired and learning done elsewhere from life experience, job training, workshops, seminars or other experience.


Metropolitan Community College may assess applicants for PLAR recognition who demonstrate learning acquired through practical experience that corresponds to its specific course through the submission of an academic portfolio and/or challenge processes such as:

  • Tests
  • Demonstration
  • Interview

 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process

  1. Obtain the particular course outline of Metropolitan Community College you wish to challenge.
  2. Review the course outline to determine if your knowledge and skills match the course learning outcomes.
  3. Collect documents that support your application for PLAR.  These might include: your resume, a description of your experiences and learning that relate to the course being challenged, work samples, and letters of verification. Include a letter describing your experiences and the learning that relates to the course outline.
  4. Complete the PLAR Application.
  5. Submit this application form, the supporting documents (if required) and the required non-refundable fee of $100.00 per course to the Admissions Office.
  6. This form and supporting documents will be sent to the College Director, who will in turn send them to the course assessor who may contact you to arrange for additional demonstration of learning (personal interview, test or demonstration).


  • Academic credit will be granted if your prior learning experiences are considered equivalent (in both theory and practice) to the level expected from students enrolled in that course.
  • The assessment fee is non-refundable.
  • In order to verify documentation, the assessor may contact references or employers named in the portfolio or resume.
  • Apply early.  Sufficient time is required for completion of the assessment and processing of paperwork before you are informed of the decision.  The process can take up to four weeks to be completed.
  • A successful assessment will give the applicant academic credit in the specific course and will appear on the student record as a letter grade.
  • Granting a credit for prior learning does not guarantee entry into a program of study.  You must follow the normal admission procedure to gain admission into Metropolitan Community College.
  • A maximum of 50 per cent of the requirements for a Metropolitan Community College credential may be achieved through the PLAR process.
  • A learner must earn a minimum of 50 per cent of the required credits through regular study at Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College’s Own Course Transfer Option

Metropolitan Community College courses have been prepared with transfer possibilities in mind.  Courses may transfer individually (i.e., on a course-by-course evaluation basis) or collectively (i.e., on a block-transfer basis) to related higher programs of study (e.g. degree in paralegal, criminology, etc) in other institutions (universities and university colleges alike), depending on the policy of the receiving institution.  Students wishing to explore the transfer option should request from the College Director relevant detailed course outlines of the program at the time of applying for transfer.