1. Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement for all certificate, diploma and degree programs is a high school diploma. Some programs require the successful completion of specific high school courses with a minimum average. Check the detailed program sections of this calendar for program-specific admission requirements.

Mature learners

Learners not meeting the program admission requirements may be accepted as a mature learner. A mature learner is an applicant for full-time admission to the College who:

  • Is age 19 (nineteen) or older;

  • Does not have the required academic qualifications for a particular program; and,

  • Has been out of the K-12 school system for a minimum of one year.

Applicants for mature learner status will be required to submit:

  • Proof of age

  • At least two letters of reference from persons able to assess the candidate’s ability to proceed with postsecondary studies, and

  • A personal letter outlining the grounds for requesting mature learner status.

  • Official transcripts, documents showing formal and informal academic qualifications, and information about related work experience. An interview may be required.

Where there is uncertainty regarding academic readiness applicants will be required to write a College placement test. Since admission as a mature learner is not on the grounds of age alone, the College reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant or offer the option of enrolling in a College Adult Basic Education or College Preparatory program where available.

Adult Basic Education Programs



Nunavut Arctic College Placement Assessment


Out-of-Territory Canadians and University of the Arctic learners


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants to the Adult Basic Education Program should be at least 17 years old and have been out of the public school system for at least one year. While there is no educational prerequisite for entering the ABE program, placement in courses is based upon an assessment of English, Inuktitut, and mathematics.


If you have not completed high school, or if you graduated from a non-academic stream you will be required to write the College’s placement assessment. The assessment may be written at any Regional Campus or Community Learning Centre. Regional Campus Assessments may be written any Wednesday afternoon except during holidays.

To schedule your assessment contact your regional registrar. Applicants in the communities can contact the Adult Educator to write the assessment. The assessment covers vocabulary, reading in both English and Inuktitut, and mathematics 


Nunavut Arctic College welcomes applications from qualified out-of-territory Canadians and learners of any participating institution in the north2north program. However, acceptance of non-Nunavut residents will be limited by the maximum learner capacity of the program, the number of qualified applications received from Nunavut residents, and specific program language requirements.


Many learners enter Nunavut Arctic College with work, education, training and life experiences that may reflect sound knowledge of subject matter covered in courses offered for credit by the College. Recognition of Prior Learning is a method of recognizing and accrediting the demonstrated knowledge that results from these experiences.

Recognition of Prior Learning is the identification, documentation, assessment, and recognition of learning acquired through these life experiences. It is based on the premise that all learning is valid and can be recognized, regardless of where and how it was gained.

Nunavut Arctic College will assess and grant credit for prior learning that is equivalent to the learning outcomes of identified College courses or programs. Recognized prior learning will be applied toward the requirements of College programs. The RPL process will be administered in a way that ensures that the assessment of prior learning is valid, reliable, equitable, efficient, and transparent.

The assessment of prior learning for recognition is determined by course or program staff and can happen in many different ways. Some common methods are:

  • Portfolio development

  • Interviews

  • Demonstration of skills and abilities

  • Challenge exams

  • Self-evaluation

  • Review of work samples, evidence of leaning, certificates, etc.

For more information or assistance regarding how to apply for credit for prior learning, visit our website at or contact your regional RPL Coordinator.

Kivalliq and Kitikmeot Regional RPL Coordinator
Phone: 1-867-645-5500
FAX: 1-867-645-2387

Qikiqtani Regional RPL Coordinator
Phone: 1-867-979-7212
FAX: 1-867-979-7102

2. Application Procedures

An application form must be filled out and submitted to the campus or community learning centre which offers the program or courses of interest. Application forms may be downloaded from our web site: or obtained from the Registrar’s office at any campus, or from any community learning centre in Nunavut.

It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure that all information required for the admission is sent to the College. Official transcripts of an applicant’s previous education must be sent directly to the College. Letters of reference, medical forms, security checks and letters explaining a learner’s interest in a field of study are requested for certain programs. If requested, this information should be submitted with the application for admission. Applications are not reviewed until all required documents and information have been submitted.

Many programs are filled on a first-come basis, so it is advisable to apply as early as possible.

Housing allocation is assigned based on acceptance into the program. Learners who have submitted their complete application packages by the deadline of April 15 will be considered a priority.

Learner Success Week

The week before registration is designated Learner Success Week at most campuses. Attendance is compulsory for new learners. This orientation week is organized into workshops on learner concerns, study skills, campus organization, as well as activities to get acquainted.

Learner Success Week provides new learners with an opportunity to become familiar with the community, the campus and the instructors before their programs begin.  It also presents a variety of coping and adaptation skills for  learner life.