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Academic Requirements for International Applicants

*This page is part of the official Academic Calendar

In order to gain admission into an Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) program, international applicants must meet the academic requirements for their program of choice. International applicants should select their program of choice from the Academic Calendar and review the information in the “Requirements” section. The Office the Registrar will assess whether the courses an international applicant has taken throughout their educational history are recognized and international equivalencies for the described academic admission requirements. 

Assessment of International Documents 

Determine whether RDP can assess your international documents and what official documents are required, per this list.  If you have attended secondary or post-secondary education in a country that is not on this list, or if your documents are not in English, you must obtain an Educational Assessment from International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS).   Please note that there is a fee to receive an IQAS assessment, this is the applicant’s responsibility.

List of documents that RDP will assess for admission, by country.  Updated March 15, 2023.

Document Type


Caribbean Secondary Education Council Certificate
Caribbean Examination Council
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam








  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Baruda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Virgin Islands

British-Patterned Curriculum GCSE or GCE O-level:

General Certificate of Secondary Education
General Certification of Education Ordinary Level
Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level
Certificate of Secondary Education
International General Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon (English System only)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius 
  • Northern Ireland
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • The United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

British-Patterned Curriculum GCE AS or A-level:

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level
General Certificate of Education Advanced Subsidiary
Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education

  • Brunei
  • Cameroon (English Systems only)
  • Falkland Islands 
  • Mauritius 
  • Northern Ireland
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe

West African Examination Council (WAEC) Exam Certificate

National Examinations Council (NECO)

  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia


Required Document(s)


Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Queensland Senior Certificate (QSC)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victorian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Western Australian Certificate of Secondary Education (WACE)


Higher Secondary Certificate




Certificate of Graduation from Senior Secondary School
Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate
Zhuanke Certificate of Graduation
Benke Certification of Graduation
Please Note: High School transcripts may also be needed.



Secondary School Leaving Exam

Ethiopian University Entrance Examination

Ethiopia Higher Education Entrance Qualification Exam

Hong Kong


Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE)




Senior Secondary School Exam Certificate
Higher Secondary School Certificate
All India Higher Secondary Examinations Pt II
Any Form XII Exam Certificate


Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogaka Sotsugyo Shomeisho) and Transcript of Marks



Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

GCE/IGSE Examinations


Bachillerato general (General Baccalaureate)


Higher Secondary Board Academic Transcript

National Examinations Board Academic Transcript

New Zealand


National Certificate of Education Achievement
Higher School Certificate


Higher Secondary School Certificate


High School Transcript
Post-Secondary Transcript of Records


Scottish Qualifications Authority National Qualifications Certificate

Scottish Certificate of Education

South Africa

Senior Certificate


Certificate of Education
Advanced Certificate of Education

United Arab Emirates Secondary School Certificate

United States

High School Transcript


Certificate of Upper Secondary School Graduation (Giấy Chúng Nhân Tốt Nghiệp Trung Học Phó Thông)

Study Book (Học Bà)


The Office of the Registrar will accept “unofficial” or scanned documents in order to admit you to a program and provide a Letter of Acceptance; however, you must provide official documentation to the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of classes. This is a vital step in the admission process and you will not be granted “clear” admission until this step has been completed.  

Common International Course Equivalencies 

Common international course equivalencies for grade and subject levels in other countries that are accepted by RDP. Review the common equivalencies for the United States, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Australia, and China on RDP’s International Course Equivalencies.  

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