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Niagara College

Transfer Advisor

Office of the Registrar
(905) 735-2211 x 7538


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

  • The minimum grade required to transfer a course to Niagara College is a passing grade at the source institution.

    For advanced standing, you must have earned the following grade point average in the transferring program and the transferring program must be the same level of learning as the receiving program: 60% for advanced standing to a diploma program and 65% for advanced standing to a degree program. Advanced Standing is not granted to a college graduate certificate program.

  • View Niagara College’s transfer agreement opportunities:

  • Niagara College awards advanced standing, specified credits (equivalencies), and General Education and English elective credits.

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

  • Niagara College will consider courses completed within the past 5 years for transfer credit, with the exception of courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Science and the School of Academic Studies (excluding Computer Literacy courses), which will be considered if completed within the past 10 years.

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

    • Your first step is to call, e-mail, or meet with the PLAR Facilitator to discuss your educational plans. The Facilitator will help you identify the course(s) or program(s) in which you may be eligible for prior learning credits and will provide you with detailed course information.                
    • You will be required to complete a PLAR application, attach appropriate supporting documents and pay the required assessment fee.
    • You will then be required to demonstrate your learning through one or more of the following challenge methods: demonstration of skills(s), competency testing(s), submission of assignment(s), challenge exam, portfolio, or a structured interview with a designated subject expert.
    • Method will be determined by the subject expert.
  • A PLAR assessment at Niagara College costs $52.25 for a non-credit or one credit course, $78.00 for a two credit course, and $104.50 for a three or more credit course. All fees are non-refundable.

  • Transfer credits will be recorded on your Niagara College transcript as "EX" for specified individual courses, "AS" for advanced standing, "GNED" for General Education electives, and "ENEL" for English electives. Transfer credits will not be included in GPA calculation.

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

  • Familiarize yourself with Niagara College’s official credit transfer policies:

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

    • Submission of a valid postsecondary transcript will trigger the transfer credit process.
    • Print and complete the application form, attach the required documents, and mail to:
      Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology
      Office of the Registrar (SE105)
      300 Woodlawn Road
      Welland, ON L3C 7L3
    • In order to be granted credit, the learning outcomes of the course(s) must correspond to those of the Niagara College course(s) as evaluated by Niagara College. For more information visit:
  • There is no fee required for a transfer credit assessment at Niagara College.

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

    • Official transcript(s)
    • Course outline(s) (learning outcomes and length of course in hours)
    • Type(s) of assessment used to demonstrate learning
    • Completed 'Transfer Credit Request’ application form
  • Apply to transfer credit at Niagara College 90 days prior to the start of the current semester. Applications received after the deadline may not be processed in time for the start of the semester, although often can be completed prior to the start of the upcoming term.

  • A transfer credit decision at Niagara College will be processed as quickly as possible. A complete submission including official course outlines and postsecondary assessments will be of assistance.

  • A transfer credit decision can be reviewed/appealed at Niagara College by contacting the Transfer Credit Office for clarification. In some instances, special consideration may be given. In the case of currency, you are welcome to request credit based on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. 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.