Sep 29, 2023  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog

Academic Upgrading

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Program Description

SAIT academic upgrading courses prepare students for admission to SAIT career programs. For SAIT program admission requirements, refer to the appropriate sections of the SAIT Academic Calendar. SAIT academic upgrading courses are Alberta high school equivalency courses, not Alberta Education courses. They may be accepted for admission purposes by other Alberta post-secondary educational institutions. Check the current Alberta Transfer Guide published by The Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer for a listing of all formalized transfer agreements among Alberta post-secondary institutions.

SAIT academic upgrading courses provide students with a flexible approach for their transition into post-secondary studies. Courses can be taken part-time or full-time in the day, evening or online. Students become accustomed to the SAIT environment and culture and develop successful strategies for learning.

Government grant funding may be available for eligible students. For more information on funding, please check the following website:  Student loans are not available for upgrading courses.

It is recommended that all students have access to a personal computer.

Program Overview

Your Career

Students complete upgrading courses in order to meet the admission requirements for programs at SAIT and most other post-secondary education institutions in Alberta.

Student Success

Attendance and punctuality are directly related to academic success. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests. Students are encouraged to access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist, and student counselling services. Learn more about these services on

Credentials and Accreditation

No Credential Awarded


Students must pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. Admission to SAIT and other post-secondary programs can be highly competitive. Grades higher than a minimal pass improve opportunities for admission to post-secondary programs. For information about course sequencing and prerequisites, go to Academic Upgrading.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. Academic Upgrading accepts a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of level 8 (or equivalent). For more information, please see English Proficiency.

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