Credit and Learning Transfer System

Research on Transferring Foreign Learning and Credentials

A “learning-transfer” model, that is, a mechanism by which credentials can be valued and traded across Canada, is at the root of any foreign-credential-recognition system.

The subject of credit transfer has a long history in Canada. There are many references and publications by Canadian sources that describe credit-transfer protocols or arrangements among higher-learning institutions.

To date, it is not clear to what extent credit transfer is achieved across disciplines, across Canadian jurisdictions or with institutions outside of Canada. A system that recognizes different forms of learning would encourage further or more specialized training and would foster the development of equivalencies between different types of learners. The system would also increase mobility between occupations as well as inter-provincially, as learning outcomes would be common in “like” programs across the country.

Research into Europass: A Potential Canadian Framework for the Transfer of Qualifications and Competencies

The purpose of this project is to produce research that will guide the formulation of an effective credit-transfer system in Canada. The goal is to increase the recognition of learning, be it formal, informal or non-formal and to support the development of a Canadian model for foreign-credential recognition for non-regulated professions.

This project will include comprehensive research into Europass and the European credit-transfer system as well as credit-transfer work that has already been completed in Canada. The final report will include recommendations toward a potential model for a credit-transfer system in Canada.

Educator Engagement, Foreign-Credential Recognition (October 2005)

Built on a previous study, this research project had two goals. The first goal was to conduct round-table meetings and consult with the education community to explore their practices, issues and needs as they relate to the services they provide to immigrants. The intention was to examine those services in relation to foreign-credential recognition and program accreditation.

The second goal was to define the implications—and the activities that would be required—if a credit-transfer system is established on a national level.