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Program completions within the Alberta post-secondary education system


This statistic describes the record count of completions by each institution and academic year within Alberta's publicly-funded post-secondary education system. Completions represent the status of the learner, at the program level, at the end of a given session. The data tables presented are related to program completions in approved credential programs at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions within Alberta. Separate data files exist focusing on the system level, or for subsets that focus on either international or self-identified Indigenous learners.


February 16, 2024

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Publicly funded post-secondary enrolments - program completions

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Advanced Education

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  • See the Dictionary tab within the file(s) for definitions and additional context related to the data.

  • All data in this document has been sourced from Alberta Advanced Education's Learner and Enrolment Reporting System (LERS).

  • The enrolment data presented relates to ministerially approved credential programming only.

  • The Banff Centre does not offer standardized approved programming and therefore enrolments at The Banff Centre are NOT included in these datasets.

  • All rows with no corresponding data have been suppressed.

  • Program completions include completions in certificate, degree and diploma programs only.

  • Students completing their final instructional portion in their apprenticeship program are included, as the Journeyman Program Type is a Certificate credential.

  • Enrolments are reported by academic year, which for most institutions is May 1 to April 30 or July 1 to June 30.

  • The values in each file focus on enrolments in provincially-approved programming at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Separate data files exist focusing on the system level, or for subsets that focus on either International or self-identified Indigenous learners.

  • All values for Indigenous learners are related to those that self-identify at time of application, and are a subset of the total system. These values are anecdotally lower than actual Indigenous learners.

  • All values related to international learners are a subset of the total system. International learners are related to foreign learners that are granted permission by the federal government (i.e. through a visitor visa, study permit or other status) to study at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in Alberta. The following are changes that may impact comparison with prior versions of this file. Additional changes that occur from year to year within this file can be found in the Reporting Changes by Year section of the Dictionary file. The following reporting changes occurred in the 2022-23 reporting year:

  • Grande Prairie Regional College updated its name to Northwestern Polytechnic and moved from the CCC sector to the Poly Sector. For longitudinal reporting purposes, the cubes will use the new name and sector allocations.

  • Northwestern Polytechnic and Lakeland College have updated their LERS reporting period to align with its updated fiscal year for 2022-23 forward. This resulted in their LERS reporting year moving from July 1st to June 30th to a May 1st to April 30th reporting period. As a result, Spring 2022 enrolments have been reported in both 2021‐22 and 2022‐23 LERS reporting periods. Due to this change, caution should be used for longitudinal analysis.

  • In 2021-22 and 2022-23, Portage College includes enrolments related to public-private partnership agreements. The inclusion of these enrolments result in significant increases in both FLE and learners reported in these years.  With the college teaching out these programs, it is expected that these enrolments will decline over the next year.


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Advanced Education. System Data and Analytics Unit

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