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Transfer Professionals Course

Essentials in Transfer and Student Mobility Course

Welcome to the Essentials in Transfer and Student Mobility Course, a free course designed to equip transfer professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to support student success in Ontario's postsecondary education system. 

Course Overview

Transfer professionals play a vital role in facilitating seamless transitions for students between institutions. This course delves into key aspects of credit transfer, including historical contexts, current practices, communication strategies, and assessment guidelines.

Course Format and Duration

This course is entirely online, providing flexibility for busy professionals. Each module consists of instructional content, research examples, practical takeaways to reinforce learning.

Because the course is self-paced, participants can progress through modules at their own convenience. Estimated completion time is approximately 4 weeks, though each cohort is given six full weeks from the time they register to complete the course. 

Course Modules

Module 1: Transfer Advising as a Profession

Unit 1: Roles and Responsibilities of the Transfer Professional

Unit 2: Deciphering Credit Transfer and Pathway Terminology

Unit 3: Transfer Process

Module 2: Credit Transfer Histories and Currencies

Unit 1: Ontario's Postsecondary Sector and Credit Transfer System: Looking Back

Unit 2: Current State of Credit Transfer in Ontario

Unit 3: Canadian Credit Transfer Systems

Module 3: Communities and Networks

Unit 1: Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT)

Unit 2: Canadian Sources and Resources

Module 4: Credit and PLAR Assessments

Unit 1: Principles of Credit Assessment

Unit 2: Assessment Guidelines

Unit 3: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Module 5: Engaging and Advising Students

Unit 1: Engaging Students – Initial Information and General Advising

Unit 2: Effective Communication Across Internal and External Departments

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the history of credit transfer in Ontario and compare the transfer environment to that of other Canadian jurisdictions.
  2. Define key terms and concepts used in transfer.
  3. Differentiate course equivalencies, articulation agreements, pathways, and PLAR.
  4. Compare course assessment practices across institutions.
  5. Describe the key attributes and common experiences of transfer students in Ontario.
  6. Discuss how credit transfer works at your postsecondary institution and generate ideas for how to improve the student experience.
  7. Identify the key ingredients of transfer advising and describe how to support transfer students from initial contact through enrolment.
  8. See themselves as essential to transfer and student mobility!

Who Should Enroll

This course is ideal for professionals working in recruitment, admissions, registrars' offices, advising centers, and other relevant departments across Ontario's postsecondary institutions.

How to Sign Up

Ready to enhance your expertise in transfer advising? Sign up for the Essentials in Transfer and Student Mobility Course here. We welcome a new cohort of learners each month, so if you miss the deadline to register for the next cohort, we will place you in the following month’s cohort and let you know when you’ll be able to begin. This means you’ll never be waiting more than a few weeks to take the course.  


Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate recognizing their commitment to professional development in transfer advising. 

Invest in Your Professional Growth! Join us in enhancing transfer student success across Ontario's postsecondary landscape. Enroll in the Essentials in Transfer and Student Mobility Course today!


For inquiries or assistance, please contact Sanja Pavlovic,