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Chemical Technology

Diploma
Chemical Technology

Program Overview

Are you good at math and science? If you’re looking for a program that takes advantage of your strengths and can launch you into a good career in just two years, check out the Chemical Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Chemical technologists are involved in quality control testing, environmental analysis, product R&D and more. You could work in a variety of settings—industrial plants to commercial and government labs. The mining and resource sectors are big employers, but you’ll also find opportunities in agriculture, food, forestry, health and manufacturing.

Chemical Technology is a two-year diploma program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. You’ll get a well-rounded foundation in scientific principles and analytic practices—essential building blocks for a flexible career. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

  • analytical instrumentation
  • basic, organic, physical, analytical and environmental chemistry
  • chemical plant operation and chemical engineering
  • handling and manipulating chemicals
  • laboratory quality control and assurance
  • recording, processing and reporting data

Learning is hands-on—you’ll spend almost as much time in labs as in the classroom. And you’ll apply what you’ve learned during a four-week industry training session.

Ladder into a Degree

Turn your Chemical Technology diploma into a university degree in just two years. Saskatchewan Polytechnic has transfer agreements with the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. You can also transfer into programs at Athabasca University (Alberta), Memorial University (Newfoundland) and Royal Roads University (B.C.).

 

High Employment Rate

Because the program is designed with input from industry, your education matches real-world needs. And that’s why Saskatchewan Polytechnic Science graduates are so highly sought after by employers. A recent survey shows that six months after graduation, 9 out of 10 Chemical Technology graduates are employed in a training-related field.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Chemical technologists can choose from a variety of job possibilities. Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are working as laboratory analysts, laboratory technologists, research technical assistants and sales managers.

The mining industry is a major employer, particularly potash and uranium mining companies, but also many smaller exploration companies and agriculture, oil and gas, chemical production, environmental protection, ethanol production, food research, occupational health and pulp and paper industries. Look for jobs in commercial, industrial or government laboratories, or for positions in chemical product sales.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Chemical TechnologistChemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)$26,400 - $74,900
Laboratory Technologist/TechnicianChemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)$26,400 - $74,900
Quality Control/Assurance Technologist/TechnicianChemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)$26,400 - $74,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 72 weeks: 

Year 1 - 36 weeks; Year 2 - 36 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum 60% in each of the following subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Chemistry 30 and Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum of 60% in a 30-level math

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 85 Reading
  • 85 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $6,400
Year 2 - $6,800

International Students

Saskatoon

Year 1 (36 weeks) - $12,300 tuition only (estimated)

Year 2 (36 weeks) - $16,100 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CHEM 178
General Chemistry 1
5
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You will receive an overview of the fundamental chemical theory and properties of the elements and their compounds. The laboratory experiments are designed to help you examine the practical aspects of chemical theory. You will also receive an introduction to laboratory techniques.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 69.0
Equivalent Course(s): CHEM 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMP 174
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
1
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You will study the basic features of Excel. You will learn to create workbooks, format spreadsheet elements, manipulate multiple worksheets, create simple charts and use simple formulas and functions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 117, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 344, COMP 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
COMP 175
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2
1
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You will study the intermediate features of Excel. Using the skills and knowledge you acquired in COMP 174 (Introduction to Excel 1), you will learn to use more advanced spreadsheet functions, create and modify several chart types, and perform data manipulation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 172 or COMP 174
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 344, COMP 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
LABT 187
Analytical Instrumentation 1
5
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You will begin your studies by describing analytical instrumentation and the statistical terms used. You will focus on analytical instrumentation and its application of physical measurements of natural phenomena (such as electricity, electromagnetic energy and particle behaviour to chemical analysis). In the laboratory, you will be provided with an introduction to basic operating techniques in pH measurement, potentiometric titrations, and basic measurements using an Ultraviolet/Visible (UV/VIS) spectrophotometer.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): LABT 184
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MATH 189
Mathematics 1
4
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You will review the fundamental concepts of algebra and trigonometry. Your studies will focus on equations of various types, systems of linear equations, variation, properties of exponents and logarithms, logarithmic and exponential equations, graphing and trigonometry. Whenever possible, problem solving will be directly related to chemistry applications. You will also receive an introduction to calculus.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
MATH 192
Laboratory Mathematics
2
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You will develop the mathematical skills needed to work in a research or diagnostic laboratory. Your studies will focus on the various types of solution calculations and different units of measurement.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
SFTY 185
Laboratory Safety
1
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You will discuss topics related to safe working practices and procedures in the chemical laboratory. Many of these topics are related to government regulations and industrial laboratory guidelines.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
STAT 185
Introductory Statistics and Computer Applications
5
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You will be introduced to basic statistical methods and the use of computers to solve statistical and related problems. You will learn statistical topics including elementary probability, random variables and their distributions, frequency distributions, measures of location and variability, sampling theory and an introduction to statistical applications. You will learn the use of calculators, computer basics and spreadsheets.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 72.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CHEM 179
General Chemistry 2
4
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Building on the knowledge you gained in General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 178), you will continue to study chemical theory and properties of the elements and their compounds. Your studies will focus on chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, stoichiometry and complex compounds.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 67.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 178
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): CHEM 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 191
Organic Chemistry 1
6
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You will be introduced to the chemistry of organic compounds. This includes organic compounds that are composed primarily of carbon (C), hydrogen (H), nitrogen (N), oxygen (O) and a few other elements. You will begin by reviewing the concepts of chemical bonding (including electron orbitals, hybrid atomic orbitals and molecular orbitals). You will use these concepts to examine structure and bonding in typical classes of organic compounds. The names, physical properties and uses of most of the common functional groups will be introduced. You will examine the chemistry of organic compounds in terms of the preparation of typical functional groups, the mechanisms of simple reactions and the synthesis of some industrially and biochemical useful materials.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 178
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 282
Nuclear Chemistry
2
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You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of nuclear chemistry. Your studies will include: radioactivity, rates of decay, nuclear reactions, radioactive isotopes, radiation measurement, radiation units and safety, the biological effects of radiation, and the use of radiation detection devices in the laboratory.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 178, STAT 185
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
LABT 287
Analytical Instrumentation 2
6
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You will be introduced to separations based on distillation methods, solvent extractions and chromatography. You will learn the basic theory behind chromatographic separations. Your studies will focus on instrumentation, column theory, methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis, and the application of these techniques to various separation problems in gas and liquid chromatography. You will perform separations using both a gas and a liquid chromatograph.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Equivalent Course(s): LABT 281
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MATH 289
Mathematics 2
4
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Building on the knowledge you acquired in Mathematics 1 (MATH 189), you will focus on differential and integral calculus. You will learn differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, and applications of the derivative. You will study numerous methods of integration and selected applications of integration. Your studies will also include an introduction to partial derivatives.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 189
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
PHYS 187
Physics
4
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You will be provided with an introduction to physics. Your studies will focus on optics, nucleonics and electricity. You will receive an overview of the behaviour of light, geometrical optics, wave optics and optical instruments (including lasers and fibre optics). You will receive an introduction to the fundamental concept of radioactivity, rates of decay, nuclear reactions and radiation measurement. You will also study direct current measurements and circuitry, alternating current, transformer theory, rectification and filtering. In the laboratory experiments you will use problem solving as an integral part of the course.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 189
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
STAT 281
Statistics and Computer Applications
4
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Building on the knowledge you gained in Introductory Statistics and Computer Applications (STAT 185), you will continue studying statistical and computing topics. You will be introduced to confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation analysis, analysis of variance, experimental design, non-parametric tests, computer basics, application of spreadsheets to statistical applications and standard statistical programs.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): STAT 185
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CHEM 284
Analytical Chemistry
6
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You will be introduced to the basic methods and chemistry of manual analytical techniques coupled with a description of selected methods in sampling, separation and data treatment. The use of precision laboratory equipment and achieving precision and accuracy in scientific measurements will be emphasized in your laboratory work. You will perform acid-base, neutralization, precipitation, complex formation and oxidation-reduction titrations. You will also perform gravimetric analyses and solve problems involving solubility equilibrium.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 179, MATH 192
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 290
Organic Chemistry 2
6
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Building on the skills you developed in Organic Chemistry 1 (CHEM 191), you will review functional groups, nomenclature, simple reactions, stereochemistry and bonding. You will be introduced to procedures for common functional groups. You will discuss methods of separating and analyzing organic compounds (including the use of infrared, ultraviolet and visible, and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques in structure determination). You will study the properties, structures, reactions and industrial uses of several important classes of compounds in detail.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 191
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 292
Physical Chemistry 1
4
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You will learn the basic principles, laws, and theories of the thermodynamic component of physical chemistry. You will develop the ability to derive equations that describe the phenomena being studied, and to solve quantitative problems. Your practical experiments in the laboratory will illustrate some of the concepts you learned during the lectures.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 179, MATH 289
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 191
Communications 1
3
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You will receive instruction and practice in interpersonal and oral communications and business correspondence skills. You will also gain an understanding and appreciation of the organization and planning involved in the job search process. Developing the interpersonal, oral and written skills you will need in your job search will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 120, COMM 164, JOBS 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
COMP 179
Introduction to PowerPoint
1
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You will receive instruction and practice in creating, modifying and delivering a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. You will enhance the presentation by adding charts, tables, visual elements, multimedia, transition effects and animations. You will study how to present, distribute and customize presentations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 138, COMP 120, COMP 173
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
LABT 284
Analytical Instrumentation 3
5
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You will be introduced to a number of advanced techniques utilized in atomic spectroscopy. You will learn the theory and operation of atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS), arc and spark atomic emission spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). You will apply graphical and computer software tools to create calibration curves for data obtained from instrumental analyses. The course content includes the necessary chemical background and the construction and mode of operation of the instruments used in these areas. You will be introduced to basic operating techniques and to explore the effects of operational parameters on data quality and looking at several applications.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
LABT 297
Laboratory Preparation Techniques in Chemistry
2
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You will follow written and verbal instructions in the preparation of laboratory materials. You will prepare chemical solutions, and dilute acids and bases for the program laboratories. You will be involved in properly caring for and maintaining glassware and equipment, inventory procedures and ordering supplies. You will also perform general housekeeping duties required in a laboratory. You will keep accurate records and display effective teamwork skills.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
QC 298
Quality Control in Laboratories
5
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You will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the quality assurance methods used in industries and organizations. You will focus on the statistical and operational aspects of quality assurance in activities (such as sample handling, instrumentation, analysis, record keeping and management). You will discuss the quality assurance protocols used by various international agencies including International Standards Organizations (ISO), the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) and Health Canada (HC).
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): QC 280
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CHEM 293
Physical Chemistry 2
4
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Building on skills you developed in Physical Chemistry 1 (CHEM 292), you will review the principles and theories of physical chemistry in the equilibrium relationships between phase changes of solid, liquid, and vapor states of matter. You will also develop problem solving skills involving reaction kinetics and electrochemical equilibrium.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 292
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 295
Plant and Process Chemistry
4
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You will receive a general overview of the main aspects involved with chemical process industries. You will study the industrial and chemical processes used to process raw material into a variety of products specific to Saskatchewan industries. Tours to various industrial sites will accompany some of the topics you will cover.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CHEM 296
Water Chemistry
5
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You will be introduced to the chemistry of water as it applies to the industrial use of water. You will become familiar with the basic methods used in monitoring the water quality in power plant boilers. You will also investigate the treatment of effluent water from industrial processes to ensure it can be safely returned to the environment. The practical component will include analysis for hardness, pH, sedimentation, etc. as well as industrial site visits.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 179
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 289
Communications 2
3
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You will study technical writing and oral presentation skills for the technologist. You will practice research methods, report writing, and oral presentation skills appropriate to the profession.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 191
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
ENVR 290
Environmental Monitoring
4
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You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the environment, its monitoring and management. You will examine the technology available for environmental soil and air monitoring. You will develop hands-on skills by performing air and soil monitoring analyses as a laboratory component. You will also learn some specific topics in the area of soil chemistry and toxicology.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
HYDR 285
Fluid Mechanics
4
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You will study fluid properties, the behaviours of fluids either at rest or in motion, Bernoulli’s equation, fluid forces and buoyancy. Design problems involve pipe sizing, calculating head loss, friction factors, power requirements and selecting pumps and motors. Your lab work will include performing experiments on pressure measurement, fluid friction losses and piping systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): FMEC 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
LABT 285
Analytical Instrumentation 4
5
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You will be introduced to several techniques used in molecular spectroscopy. You will become familiar with the instrumental techniques associated with elucidating molecular structures. You will learn the theory and operation of the scanning ultraviolet/visible (UV-VIS) spectrometer, the Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectrometer, the mass spectrometer (MS) and the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. Your laboratory work will provide you with the opportunity to investigate the operating techniques of each of these instrumental methods and obtain qualitative information from each instrument.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PROJ 289
Applied Research 1
9
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You will be working in partnership with a government or industrial organization to complete an independent research project. You will work with a chemist, chemical engineer, or chemical technologist to design the experiments and manage the project. You will maintain a logbook, use statistical tools to assess your results and troubleshoot minor equipment problems. You will demonstrate good communication skills and work as a team member. You will demonstrate responsibility, initiative and accountability.
Credit Units: 9
Course Hours: 140.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 175, COMP 179, CHEM 179, CHEM 282, CHEM 284, CHEM 290, LABT 187, LABT 287, MATH 192, MATH 289, STAT 185, SFTY 185, PHYS 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Clinical/Practicum
PROJ 290
Applied Research 2
2
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Building on the work you completed in Applied Research 1 (PROJ 289), you will use computer applications to analyse the data obtained during your project. You will conduct a review of recent literature relevant to your project. You will prepare a technical report and PowerPoint presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 289(concurrent)
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

 

Note

  • Each semester consists of major and minor subjects.
  • Full-time students must take all courses listed plus any other courses deemed necessary.
  • Applicants from industry are eligible to take any semester or part of any semester if they can demonstrate adequate background knowledge (this may require an entrance examination).

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • block credit transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Technology program at the University of Regina, Bachelor of Science degree programs at Royal Roads University, and the Bachelor of Science degree program at the University of Saskatchewan
  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Technology program, Memorial University, Newfoundland (13 courses, totalling 39 credit hours, are required to fulfill the degree requirements; courses are available online)
  • advanced standing toward an engineering degree, Lakehead University (post-diploma programs typically consist of transition courses followed by two years of full-time study

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), valid for 3 years until March 2015.

The Chemical Technology diploma program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). This opens the door to professional certification as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.). And that means greater career credibility, mobility and earning power. Learn more at www.sastt.ca.

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