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Assessing the Block to be Transferred

In preparing for a block transfer agreement, the sending institution submits all relevant documentation to the receiving institution for evaluation. The receiving institution assesses all the material it has received, and makes a determination as to the appropriate transfer arrangements.


Who is Responsible


Requesting Articulation

The programs participating in the block transfer agreement

Usually a block transfer agreement is initiated by a program seeking to establish block transfer arrangements with programs at other institutions. A representative of the sending program will contact the representative of the receiving program, and collectively they will determine the specific conditions of the block transfer agreement. The sending and/or the receiving institution may require the terms of any block transfer agreement to be internally approved before a formal agreement is proposed or established.


Institutional Contact Person (ICP) or Transfer Credit Contact (TCC) at sending institution


Forwards program description and course outlines for all courses in the program to the relevant receiving institution(s) with a request that the program be considered for block transfer credit. The request may include desired amount of credit, desired level of credit, and/or specific program for which block transfer credit is sought.

Awarding Credit

Course evaluator at receiving institution

Evaluates block transfer request and determines whether program is transferrable and, if so, the amount and type of credit that will be awarded. If, in the evaluator's opinion, the program as a whole is not appropriate for block transfer credit, the evaluator may award course-by-course transfer credit. The evaluator may also award block transfer credit and establish additional criteria (e.g., completion of additional courses) that must be met by the student to be admitted to the program at the receiving institution and to receive the block transfer credit. 


Institutional Contact Person (ICP) or Transfer Credit Contact (TCC) at receiving institution

Submits the completed evaluation, including details of evaluation, to BCCAT via the TCES.  



Reviews and publishes block transfer agreement in program-specific transfer guide section of BC Transfer Guide.

Some variations on this assessment process are:

  • Transfer is based on informed assumptions about the content of the diploma and no real assessment of programs at individual institutions is attempted. For example, some institutions accept applications from graduates of any Business Management diploma program from a BC institution and award block transfer of two years towards a business degree completion program.

  • Transfer is based on an in-depth assessment of individual courses within the diploma. The receiving institution is satisfied that the courses are substantially comparable to its own lower division requirements or offerings.

  • Transfer is based on an in-depth assessment of the entire diploma. The receiving institution is satisfied that, while individual courses do not match its own courses exactly, similar curriculum content is covered in the program.

  • Transfer is based on a holistic assessment of the diploma or its outcomes. The receiving institution is satisfied that, while the content of the diploma may be quite different from its own lower level curriculum, graduates are likely to have the knowledge and abilities to be successful at the third-year level.

In each of the above cases, where differences are identified in the content or structure of the sending and receiving programs, receiving institutions may stipulate how and when students transferring with block transfer credit must acquire the missing content needed for the receiving institution's credential.