In-Person Non-Credit Professional Certificates

SAIT Continuing Education currently offers two Professional Certificate programs:

Program Dates

Term 1: February 6 to May 22/23
Term 2: June 5 to September 22/23

Applications for the first intake of both programs – February 2023 start – opened June 1, 2022, through designated agents only.

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2023 Program Dates

February 1, 2023 Term 1 starts
February 6, 2023 Term 1 Classes start
February 6, 2023 Term 1 drop deadline
May 6, 2023 Term, 1 withdrawal deadline
May 26, 2023 Term 1 ends
June 5, 2023 Term 2 starts, tuition due
June 5, 2023 Term 2 drop deadline
September 6, 2023 Term 2 withdrawal deadline
September 22, 2023 Term 2 ends

Tuition and Fees

Charge Amount Due Date
Application fee $150 CAD* When submitting an application
Tuition deposit $1,750 CAD* 15 business days after receiving an offer letter, applied towards the first-term tuition payment
Term 1 Tuition $7,250 CAD Paid in full one month before term start date - January 2
Health and Dental Fee $262 CAD** With Term 1 tuition - January 2
Student Technology Fee $200 CAD** With Term 1 tuition - January 2
Campus Recreation Fee $196 CAD** With Term 1 tuition - January 2
Term 2 Tuition $9,000 CAD Paid in full by Term 2 start date - June 1
Total $18,808 CAD

*Non-refundable (see ‘Refunds’ section for details)

** Mandatory fee

Not included above is the cost of books and supplies which can range from $200 to $1,500 depending on the program. The above fees also do not include accommodation. Off-campus, one-bedroom apartments can cost between $600 to $1200 a month depending on the area. Students may also want to consider applying to live in SAIT Residence. In addition, the Continuing Education Centre will be providing transit passes for the first month of the program (February 2023). However, students will be responsible for their own transportation costs for the remainder of the programs.

Mandatory fees are applied as part of the tuition and fee. Charging these fees allows us to provide services to benefit all students. Students are unable to opt out of the following fees.

  • The Student Health and Dental fee is facilitated by the SAIT student association (Saitsa). International students will have coverage with the Saitsa health and dental plan. It provides coverage for day-to-day needs, including prescription drugs, counselling, select dental services, massage therapy, and more. This is a comprehensive insurance plan designed to secure student’s health and financial well-being from possible medical emergency treatment costs while they are pursuing their education. Students may add dependents for an additional fee. For more information, please contact coned.international@sait.ca
  • The Student Technology Fee supports improvements to cybersecurity to protect student and institutional information, access to learning material outside the classroom and technology to enhance the student experience.
  • The Campus Recreation fee is a mandatory non-instructional fee assessed to all students. This fee is used to support the provision of recreation and fitness facilities, movement classes, wellness programs, student events, intermural activities, varsity sports programs and a variety of student engagement initiatives offered throughout the academic year.

 

The following payment options are accepted:
  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard) - preferred payment method. Payment can be made through the Continuing Education Student Account (login and click on the “My Invoices” tab).
  • CIBC International Student Pay portal - available for select payments. Please contact coned.international@sait.ca for more information.

While we do support payment via CIBC International Student Pay portal, we HIGHLY recommend students pay using credit card payments when possible to avoid processing delays. Please note: at this time, we cannot accept payment via Visa Debit, Pre-Paid Visas, or PayMyTuition for these programs.

Students can view their account fees, payments, and receipts through the Continuing Education Student Account. Please note that these are not official receipts for tax purposes.

The Application Fee is non-refundable.

The Tuition Deposit is non-refundable. SAIT will consider refunding the tuition deposit less a $250 administration fee only if the study permit is denied or not received by the tuition payment deadline – 1 month before the start of the program. Applicants must request a refund and forward a copy (PDF) of their Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) denial letter to coned.international@sait.ca. SAIT will not register students for courses until they have a study permit in place.

The Tuition Payments may be refundable. However, dates are critical in determining whether students receive a refund. The following refund procedure applies to students dropping from a program:

  • If a student cancels prior to the tuition due date, they will receive a full refund of any tuition money paid excluding the non-refundable tuition deposit. The student must provide the Continuing Education Advising team with a cancellation notice — in writing or verbally — before this deadline. Note: The tuition deposit is only applicable to new students starting the first semester.
  • If a student withdraws after the drop deadline, they will not receive a refund unless there are extenuating circumstances, agreed on by the Continuing Education Advising team. The student must contact the Continuing Education Advising team in writing of their intent to withdraw prior to the withdrawal deadline. If there are extenuating circumstances, the student must include a letter indicating the reason for the withdrawal and include supporting documents, such as a doctor's note. The student will get a W grade on all their courses.

 

Expulsion

Any student expelled from SAIT for any reason is not eligible for a refund.

Program Cancelled by SAIT:

SAIT reserves the right to limit registration, cancel, postpone, or combine courses, alter course content, dates or times, and substitute instructors. Full refunds will be issued should the program be cancelled.

Refund Timeline

If a student is eligible for a refund, please contact coned.international@sait.ca for information on the next steps and refund processing times.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a post-secondary degree or diploma
  • Applicants must have at least one year of professional work experience within the last five years
  • Applicants must meet English language proficiency
  • Applicants must meet eligibility criteria for all necessary study and work permits

For Proof of Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma, we require:

  • Post-secondary transcripts, mark sheets, or examination results AND
  • Post-secondary parchment or graduation certificate.
  • If the documents were not issued in English, applicants must provide certified translations and the original documents (in the original language). Refer to the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta (ATIA) to find a certified translator.
  • If the applicant’s name has changed, we will require validation of name change (marriage certificate, etc.).

SAIT also accepts external assessments from IQAS, WES, and others.

For Proof of Work Experience, we require a reference or experience letter from the employer, which:

  • Should be an official document printed on company letterhead, must include the applicant’s name, the company’s contact information, address, telephone number, email, and the name, title and signature of the immediate supervisor or personnel officer at the company.
  • Should indicate all positions held while employed at the company and must include the following details: job title, duties and responsibilities, job status (if current job), dates worked for the company, number of work hours per week and annual salary plus benefits.

 

If the applicant is self-employed, articles of incorporation or other evidence of business ownership, evidence of self-employment income, and documentation from third-party individuals indicating the service provided along with payment details (self-declared main duties or affidavits are not acceptable proof of self-employed work experience) will be considered.

If the work experience is in Canada, proof may include copies of T4 tax information slips and notices of assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (the time period for these documents should reflect the work experience timeframe) e.g., work experience from 2006 to 2008 requires only documents from those calendar years.

If the applicant is not able to get a letter from an employer, they may provide government proof of employment that is translated and certified.

For Proof of English Proficiency, we require one of the following taken within the last year:

Assessment Test Minimum Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • IELTS Indicator is also accepted
  • Must be the Academic IELTS Assessment
5.5 in each skill/category
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • CAEL Online is also accepted
50 overall band
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • TOEFL Home Edition is also accepted
  • MyBest Scores are not accepted as proof of English proficiency
A minimum score of 18 in each category
Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) A score of 7 in each section
Pearson Test of English (PTE) A minimum score of 53
Michigan English Test (MET) A minimum score of 51
Duolingo 115 minimum with at least 95 in each section
Cambridge English B2 Frist, C1 Advanced or C2 169 for each skill
Oxford Test of English with a Level of B2 130 for each module

The Duolingo English Test (online test) will continue to be an option to demonstrate fulfillment of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for all international professional development programs for the 2022/23 academic year (Winter 2023). The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Test and IELTS Indicator test will be accepted in the same way as the regular TOEFL and IELTS tests are today. The tests, which will be available until testing centres reopen, are not available in all countries.

How to Apply

At this time, applications for these programs are only accepted through a designated SAIT Agent. Please contact agent.info@sait.ca to be connected with an agent. Once an application has been submitted, a decision should be made within five to ten business days. Applicant’s will be able to monitor their application status through their Continuing Education Student Account under the ‘My Applications’ tab

Once a student’s application has been approved, they will receive a Letter of Offer via email with further details as well as the deadline to pay the tuition deposit. The tuition deposit is due 15 business days after the Letter of Offer is sent.

If the applicant’s application is not approved, they will receive an email from Continuing Education Advising team explaining the application decision.

Letter of Acceptance

After the student accepts their offer, by paying the tuition deposit, they will receive an email with a secure link to their Letter of Acceptance.

SAIT utilizes the services of ApplyProof to deliver letters of acceptance for international applicants. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) may disclose personal information listed as follows: SAIT ID number, legal names, address, email, agent email (as applicable), phone numbers, and date of birth to ApplyProof. Find out more about Privacy Policies at SAIT.

ApplyProof is a secure method to access and confirm the authenticity of documents quickly. When students apply for a study permit, their acceptance letter can quickly be recognized as legitimate by immigration officers and agents using ApplyProof.

When a student has paid their tuition deposit, they will receive an email to their preferred email address with a secure link to their acceptance letter via ApplyProof. Any problems accessing with accessing letters via the secure link can be directed to ApplyProof at support@applyproof.com.

Students will click on the secure link and enter their passcode. Their passcode is their date of birth in the format YYYY/MM/DD. For example, if the student’s date of birth is Jan. 1, 2000, enter 2000/01/01.

Important: Students should add noreply@applyproof.com to their safe senders list and be sure to regularly check their email spam and junk folders to avoid missing important communications regarding their application.

If a student has been placed on a waitlist, their application status will remain as “Under Review” and they will be notified by a member of the Continuing Education Advising team of their waitlist position. The student will be offered admission to the program if a seat becomes available. Seats may be offered up until one month before the program start date provided there is adequate time to obtain a study permit — students should be prepared by having their funding and living arrangements in place.

Next Steps

Students should begin the application process for their study permit as soon as they receive their Letter of Acceptance. Learn more about applying for study permits here.

As this is a cohort-based program, all students will be registered in the same courses by the Continuing Education Advising team. Students will be invoiced in their Continuing Education Student account. Students will need to pay down the invoice by the payment deadline.

Information on preparing for departure and arrival in Canada will be available shortly.

Disclaimer

SAIT reserves the right to limit registration, cancel, postpone or combine courses, alter course content, dates or times, and substitute instructors. The above information is subject to change.

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