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Standard Admissions Requirements

For students who have graduated from high school or another educational institute within the past year, and who are applying to our certificate programs.

Education Requirements Students must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • An Alberta high school diploma, verified by transcript
  • A non-Alberta equivalents
  • Successful completion of the AEC Assessment test
  • Canadian Language Benchmark of 5
  • Student must be 18 years or older

Mature Admissions Requirements

Mature Admission Students must meet the following criteria:  

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must complete the Wonderlic academic achievement test or AEC admissions test to demonstrate required competency.
  • Students whose first language is not English must obtain a score of 6 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). Passing score of at least 5.5 each Ability (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) of IELTS Exam.  or equivalent on other assessment tests  or transcripts demonstrating 3 years of full-time secondary education  or one year of post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction

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Full Time Course Load

Student Aid considers you a full-time student if you:
  • are enrolled in at least 60% of what your school considers a full-time course load, or
  • have a permanent disability and are enrolled in at least 40% of a full-time course load
  • are attending a licensed private career college in a program that is 12 weeks or longer and has 20+ instruction/practicum hours per week

Program Length

Student Aid considers the length of your program when determining your eligibility. You are eligible for full-time student aid for the number of years specified for your program + one additional year.

Students with permanent disabilities are exempt from the “program length + one year” limitation. For example, if you’re in a four-year degree program, you can get full-time aid for five years. If you’re in a two-year certificate program, you can get full-time aid for three years.

Learn more about how the length of your program affects your eligibility for student aid.


To continue receiving student aid, you must make reasonable progress through your program. This means you cannot apply for aid for the same program year more than twice. For example, you can receive aid for year one of a four-year degree program for two years. The third time Student Aid will deny your application. Students with permanent disabilities are exempt from this requirement. Learn more about academic progress.

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