Designation for Student Loans and Grants
- Introduction to Designation
- Canada and Alberta Acts and Regulations
- General Program Designation Requirements
- Pan-Canadian Designation Policy Framework
- Obtaining Designation Status
- Requirements for Alberta Educational Institutions and Programs
- Alberta Private Career Colleges (PCCs)
- Change of Ownership
- Accredited Indigenous Post-Secondary Institutions in Alberta
- Accredited Divinity Programs
- Requirements for Programs at Educational Institutions Outside of Alberta
- Additional Requirements for Programs Delivered Online
- Maintaining Designation Status
- Contact Information – Designation Process and Policy Inquiries
Requirements for Alberta Educational Institutions and Programs
Approval of Programs at Public Post-Secondary Institutions
Before a program is eligible for designation, programs offered at public post-secondary institutions in Alberta must first be approved by the Minister as required under the Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Programs of Study Regulation.
This includes the following:
- new certificate, diploma and degree programs,
- new specializations in already-approved programs,
- changes to existing approved programs, such as:
- program suspensions or terminations,
- changes in program of study, program or specialization nomenclature, program loads and lengths.
For more details regarding the program approval process or to contact the Post-secondary Programs Branch, visit the Post-secondary Program Standards and Oversight website.
After a new program and/or specialization is approved, Alberta Student Aid receives an internal request to review the program and/or specialization for designation. A newly approved program and/or specialization will be assigned designation status provided the program and/or specialization meets the Standard Program Designation Requirements.
For Alberta public post-secondary institutions, the General Designation Requirements detailed above apply.
If a program is delivered online, additional designation requirements must be met. See the Online Designation section for more information.
A brokered specialization is a ministry-approved specialization from one institution that is offered at a host institution for a limited period of time. The agreement is made between two institutions, a credentialing institution (who owns the specialization) and a host institution (who temporarily offers the specialization), to deliver the specialization and to split the enrollment.
After the brokered specialization is approved by the Post-Secondary Programs branch, Alberta Student Aid receives an internal request to review the brokered program/specialization for designation status. The brokered program/specialization will be approved for designation under the host institution provided the program/specialization has met the relevant Alberta designation requirements for the specific program or institution type listed above.