Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are established for all approved programs. They are stated on each program's official web page and published in official print materials. The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. A small number of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs are designated as competitive, involving a specific competitive admission process and requirements.

The established admission requirements consider the academic rigor, curriculum content, industry standards and other factors directly related to a student's success in the program.  Admission requirements may change in accordance with Sask Polytech Policies and Procedures.

Admission requirements may include grade levels, grades, averages, scores, skill proficiency, work experience, licenses, membership, criminal record checks, age or special admission provisions.

When you are applying to a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program, you must arrange for your final, official high-school transcripts to be sent to Saskatchewan Polytechnic Enrolment Services directly from the institution or organization maintaining official records at the time of application. If you are still in high school, your final official transcript must be received 30 days before the start date.

To be eligible for admission based on post-secondary credits, related post-secondary transcripts must be submitted within 60 days of the date of application.

To be eligible for transfer credit, related post-secondary transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by international students, or at the time of applying for transfer credit for domestic students.

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Where Saskatchewan Polytechnic requires a specific grade level standing as an admission requirement, the following may be used (or approved equivalents from another province or country), as applicable:

  • Saskatchewan Regular grade level
  • Saskatchewan Adult 10 or Adult 12
  • Saskatchewan GED 12 *
  • Modified Saskatchewan grade level subjects (11, 21, 31)
  • 15 passed credits (includes apprenticeship level) from a recognized post-secondary institution

* GED 12 is accepted in lieu of the grade level for all competitive programs for which an overall average is not required.

Where no specific prerequisite subjects and no overall average are required, an applicant may generally present regular (10, 20, or 30 level), or modified (11, 21, or 31 level) courses. Alternate courses (18, 28, or 38 level) are not acceptable. Check specific program web pages for any additional exclusion concerning modified courses.

Where specific subjects or an overall average are required, only regular (10, 20, or 30 level) courses are accepted.

Where Saskatchewan Polytechnic requires a specific grade level standing plus a specific overall average, the following subjects are used in the overall average calculation:

  • English Language Arts A30
  • English Language Arts B30
  • highest grade in 20 or 30 level social studies*
  • highest grade in 20 or 30 level mathematics*
  • highest grade in a 20 or 30 level science*
               *  A maximum of two 20-level subjects will be used in the overall average calculation

Some programs require minimum grades in specific courses, or a minimum average in specific courses.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic approved post-secondary alternatives to high-school admission requirements (pdf) have been established for some specific programs.

Lists below show acceptable courses for the subject area.

History 20 Native Studies 20 Social Studies 20
History 30 Native Studies 30 Social Studies 30
 Economics 30 (completed prior to September 1999)
Calculus 30 Mathematics C30
Foundations of Mathematics 20 Pre-calculus 20
Foundations of Mathematics 30 Pre-calculus 30
Mathematics 20 Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 20
Mathematics A30 Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 30
Mathematics B30  
Biology 20 Environmental Science 20
Biology 30 Geology 20
Chemistry 20 Geology 30
Chemistry 30 Health Science 20
Computer Science 20 Physical Science 20
Computer Science 30 Physics 20
Earth Science 30 Physics 30

Applicants are considered qualified when the application is complete, the application fee is paid and there is evidence that all admission criteria have been met (or are being satisfactorily met) and have been received by Enrolment Services.

Some Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs include a keyboarding requirement. Testing is available through Testing Services, and is administered at Test Centres on each Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus. The fee for service is set in accordance with current Tuition and Fees. Results are submitted to Enrolment Services directly from the Test Centre.

Applicants may also arrange to have results submitted directly from another invigilating test centre. The required test length is indicated on the program web page. Results must include gross words per minute, net words per minute, and the percentage of accuracy. To be valid, testing must have occurred within the last 12 months.

Permanent Residents must submit a scanned copy of their Permanent Resident card to maintain eligibility as a domestic student. Cards can be submitted to Enrolment Services after you have applied.

The language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic is English. Proof of English language proficiency is required of all applicants whose first learned language is not English or do not have academics in an exempt country. See English Language Proficiency Requirements. Visit our Language Centre or other ways to meet your English language requirements at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Domestic applicants with foreign documents are required to pay a non-refundable Foreign Credential Assessment Fee for the assessment of transcripts from other countries, as needed. Payment can be made by contacting Enrolment Services after you have applied. International students pay this fee with their application.

To meet admission requirements, all relevant documents, including transcripts, must be submitted to Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Assessors may require documents to be sent directly from the related institution(s) as listed at our international document requirements.

Scanned copies of documents are accepted from applicants for initial assessment. Once you have applied to the program, you may submit scanned coloured documents by email to internationaldocuments@saskpolytech.ca with a Foreign Document Submission Cover Page. Ensure that the scanned documents are submitted as unprotected PDF attachments, are in colour and are entirely readable. Remember to provide proof of legal name change if applicable.

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must submit translated versions for verification. If you require that your documents be translated into English, we recommend the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Saskatchewan (ATIS).

Students are permitted to register as unclassified students (application is not required) in selected courses of a credit program for personal interest or future credit without being admitted to that program. Saskatchewan Polytechnic determines the point when unclassified students must apply for admission.