Graduation Requirements

Alternative Ways of Earning Credits

Students are encouraged to consult with their school counsellors for more information on any of the alternatives listed below. Note that fees may be charged for some of the following alternatives, depending on local school or school division policies.

Credit for Employment

Credit for Employment (CFE) allows students to earn high school credit for paid work experience, to encourage and recognize the skills development and experience gained through employment. Students may earn a maximum of 2 CFE credits towards graduation. Visit Career Development for more information.

Career Development Internship

The Career Development Internship (CDI) credit option is intended to recognize and encourage the skills development and experience students acquire through internships. Student may earn up to 2.0 high school credit(s) for an unpaid internship. Visit Career Development for more information.

Distance Learning Course

Distance learning is a method of accessing courses of study even though learners and their teachers, instructors, or tutor/markers may be in different physical locations. Print-based Independent Study Option (ISO) courses, Teacher Mediated Option (TMO) courses and Web-Based Courses (WBC) are available to students in Manitoba. For more information visit Distance Learning.

High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)

HSAP allows students to begin apprenticeship training while in high school. It combines regular high school instruction with paid, part-time, on-the-job apprenticeship training. Students may earn up to eight credits toward graduation and collect apprenticeship hours. View the HSAP Brochure (PDF Document 239 KB) for more information.

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School-Initiated Courses (SICs) and Student-Initiated Projects (SIPs)

School-initiated Courses (SICs) are curricula developed by school divisions/schools to meet local needs and interests. Student-initiated Projects (SIPs) are curricular projects that students develop based on their interests. Students may obtain credit for a maximum of eleven SICs and three SIPs across their Senior Years. For more Information visit SICs and SIPs.

Special Language Credit Option

Students may be awarded up to four special language credits through two pathways:

  • By presenting recognized credentials (transcripts, report cards, certificates of standing, etc.) that demonstrate prior instruction or proficiency in languages other than English or French.
  • By successfully completing special language examinations. Arrangements are made through the school principal for a qualified examiner to assess the student's oral and written skills.

Visit the Special Language Credit Option for more information.

Transfer to Manitoba

Students may transfer to the Manitoba school system from another jurisdiction. They can have their high school courses evaluated and accepted as Senior Years credits by local school principals. For more information see the Evaluating Non-Manitoba Course Completions for Senior Years Credits document.

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Adult Learning Centres

Registered adult learning centres offer a range of high school credit courses for adult learners. In exceptional circumstances, students as young as 16 may attend an adult learning centre to work on their 30 credit high school diploma. Visit the Directory of Certified Adult Literacy Programs & Adult Learning Centres for more information.

Recognizing Post-Secondary Courses for Dual Credit

Post-secondary courses can be offered to students while they are attending high school or an Adult Learning Centre (ALC). Upon the successful completion of a post-secondary course, a student earns a post-secondary credit which counts toward fulfilling the credit requirements for high school graduation.

Starting in the Spring of 2017, all school divisions will be required to use the Policy for Recognizing Post-Secondary Courses for Dual Credit and the updated Post-Secondary Course Registration Form for Dual Credit in order to offer this opportunity to students attending high school or an ALC in the Fall of 2017.

  • Registration forms are due one month prior to the start of a course. Each course must be renewed annually.
  • The form below must be completed using Adobe Reader software.
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    Post-Secondary Course Registration Form for Dual Credit (PDF Document 72 KB)

International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Courses

Students may take Grade 11 and Grade 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for credit. Schools offering IB and AP courses must ensure that students do not receive credit for similar courses based on Manitoba curricula. Students must write the applicable Manitoba Grade 12 Provincial Tests in language arts and mathematics. These tests are based on the Manitoba curricula.

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Challenge for Credit Option

The Challenge for Credit Option offers students the opportunity to apply prior knowledge in a particular subject area by demonstrating learning in that course/specialty and receiving credit for it. The challenge process must be based on the policy established by the school/division/district.

Substitution of Credit

Principals may substitute a maximum of two compulsory credits in Grade 9 through Grade 12 when there is a strong case for doing so, and when it is in keeping with local school division policies.

Private Music Option

Beginning in September 2017, students can obtain up to four additional credits beyond the minimum 30 credits required for provincial graduation upon successful completion of Royal Conservatory of Canada or Conservatory Canada exams. For more information visit the Private Music Option.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB)

High school students can earn credits when they are registered in the senior levels of the RWB professional program.


Students can earn up to two credits for successful completion of the Cadet basic and advanced training programs. The Cadet credits are recognized only as additional credits beyond the minimum 30 credits required for high school graduation.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

The hours that Manitoba students accumulate through their participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program can be used towards high school credits.

Summer School

Students take summer school courses for a variety of reasons. They may attend summer school to improve a grade in a particular course, to earn extra credits or to repeat a course and gain the credits.

Credit Recovery

Credit recovery programs help students stay in school and graduate on time. Credit recovery is not intended to replace programs that already exist; rather, it helps students succeed by providing them with an in-school alternative to achieve learning outcomes they previously attempted to achieve in the classroom.

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