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Challenge Credits

A challenge credit grants Ryerson students  an academic credit  for a Ryerson course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained outside the traditional post-secondary school environment e.g. through work experience. The experience gained replicates the subject matter of the course material.

Challenge Credit Conditions
  • Not all courses may be challenged.
  • Students must be formally enrolled into a degree or certificate program at Ryerson to be eligible to apply for a challenge credit.
  • Most degree programs allow a maximum of five single-term challenge credits.
  • The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education certificate programs allow a maximum of two single-term challenge credits.
  • Only courses that are applicable to meeting Ryerson program requirements will be considered for challenge credit.
  • Courses already completed at Ryerson University or another post-secondary institution may not be challenged.
  • Courses that have been unsuccessfully challenged at Ryerson, are not eligible for challenge credit consideration.
  • The Ted Rogers School of Business Management does not allow Challenge Credit for courses taught by the School.
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, and the Faculty of Science do not allow Challenge Credit for courses taught by their Faculties.
  • The Teaching Department Challenge Credit application decision is final and may not be appealed.
Getting Ready to Apply
  • Confirm you are eligible.
  • Contact the Teaching Department of the course you wish to challenge to determine if the course may be challenged.
How to Apply

The Challenge Credit application form [PDF] is available online and at the ServiceHub POD 150.

For information on the status of your Challenge Credit application please contact  Please include your student ID number in the message.


Office Hours & Location


Mailing Address:

Ryerson University, POD 355
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5B 2K3


Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Phone: 416-979-5151
Fax: 416-979-5207

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