Douglas College recognizes that many students should be granted formal recognition for knowledge and skills already acquired. Such students may receive advanced standing, which permits them to omit some introductory or prerequisite courses. They must, however, still complete the total number of credits required for a credential, but the total number of optional credit hours of instruction is increased.
The decision to grant advanced standing rests primarily with the teaching department. Application may be made directly to the Registrar, who refers it to the department concerned.
The Department Head and one faculty member from the department evaluate each applicant's knowledge and skills and then notify the Registrar regarding the student's eligibility to receive advanced standing.