International Students

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Elevated Learning Academy is registered as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Our Designated Learning Institution number is O112565603857.

Both of our programs, Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma and the Applied Nutrition Science, are authorized to receive foreign nationals on a study permit. When applying for your study permit, please ensure to include our DLI number on your application form along with our Acceptance letter.

To verify Elevated Learning Academy’s DLI number on the CIC website, click here.

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How to Apply

Step 1.

Select the program you intend to study

  • Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma


  • Applied Nutrition Science Diploma
  • and/or

  • Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma

Step 2.

Download and complete the Application Form 

Step 3.

Submit application along with fee

The application form and documents must be mailed or emailed to Elevated Learning Academy’s Calgary address at least 30 days prior to the program’s start date

Along with sending of the application form and documents, students must pay the application fee (non-refundable) of $75 for it to be reviewed. Payments can be made using one of the following options:

  1. Over the phone using Visa or MasterCard
  2. In-person using Visa, MasterCard, cash, debit, cheque, money order
  3. Email money transfers with the password  ”international”. to:
  4. Mailing of a personal cheque, certified cheque, or money order (do not send cash through mail) to Elevated Learning Academy’s Calgary address, payable to “Elevated Learning Academy Inc.” 

Mailing address:
Elevated Learning Academy
305-4014 MacLeod Tr SE

Calgary, AB, T2G 2R7

Step 4.

Receive confirmation of receipt of application and take Scholastic Level Exam

  • On receiving the application form and payment, Elevated Learning Academy will send applicants a confirmation email and provide the log-in information for the Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)
  • The SLE is a requirement for all students who do not have a Canadian High School or Post-Secondary Diploma
  • Students are encouraged to prepare for the test by reviewing online samples such as This Practice Sheet. If students require additional resources, we encourage them to contact their Student Relations Coordinator and they will be supplied with those. 

After Acceptance

All International applicants on receiving an Acceptance letter and are preparing to come to Canada must do the following

1. Receipt of the Acceptance Letter 

  • After passing the Scholastic Level Exam, applicants will receive an Acceptance Letter along with a Student Handbook from the college
  • Upon receipt of the Acceptance Letter, applicants will need to confirm the offer to enroll by sending the signed Student Handbook (to be supplied via email) by the deadline stated in the Acceptance Letter.

2. Payment of Program Fee

  • All International applicants must pay $425 when accepting the offer to enroll
  • Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, cheque, money order or cash/debit (in person) 
  • On receiving the payment, Elevated Learning Academy will issue the student a payment receipt and Confirmation of Enrollment
  • The remainder tuition fee of $7,470 must be paid on the first day of classes

    Fee Structure

    • Application Fee: $75
    • Enrollment Fee: $425
    • Tuition: $7,470 .
      • All student books and materials (ebook and software)
      • Learning tools and supplies
      • Lectures and labs (340 hours of instruction time)
    • Total: $7,970

3. Apply for a Student Study Permit (optional)

  • Those international applicants that choose to apply for a study permit, must go online to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website in order to do so
  • Applicants have the option of either completing an online application form or downloading a paper application form
  • Additional information on obtaining a study permit and arrival to Canada can be found here.

 4. Orientation

  • Orientation takes place on the first day of classes, where students learn about the program outline, schedule, and get an introduction to the instructors, administrative staff and other students

 5. Insurance

  • It is mandatory for all international students outside of Canada to ensure that they purchase health insurance for the duration of the program, prior to arriving into Canada
  • An insurance policy can be purchased from any number of reputable organizations, including: Ingle International and Manulife financial

6. Travel

  • To get around the city, students can make use of the public transit (buses and LRT)
  • Public transit is accessible to everyone. Please refer to the following links to know more about the bus routes and schedules
    1. Calgary Transit
    2. Edmonton Transit

7. Housing

  • International students who do not have family in Canada and plan on living alone must arrange for accommodation for their duration of stay in Canada
  • Students can find accommodation in Calgary or Edmonton using website such as, and
  • Students can also contact the Elevated Learning Academy office for assistance in finding a suitable accommodation, by emailing us.

8. Additional Support

  • Our staff members are familiar with various cultures, themselves having been born elsewhere and/or having visited many places worldwide
  • The language spoken by our team are English, Russian and Urdu
  • Our support staff are available to assist international students daily, during our regular office hours of M-F 9:30am – 6pm
  • Our instructors are available for the assistance of struggling students, daily, a half hour before classes and half hour after class
  • Career guidance and employability training is provided to all students

9. Counselling Services

10. Refund Policy

Please note that the $75.00 CDN International Student Application Fee is non-refundable.

Every student is given a 4-day cooling off period, where you can change your mind without penalty. If you choose to cancel your Alberta Student Enrolment Contract on or before the 4th business day after you signed it, ELA will refund any tuition or other fees you’ve paid (including enrollment fee).

There will also be no refunds issued for the $425.00 CDN Enrollment Fee if an International Student terminates their enrollment prior to applying for their Student Visa OR if an International Student terminates their enrollment after receiving their Student Visa.

However, a refund of $425.00 CDN will be issued if an International Student applies for a Student Visa and gets denied, given that the student sends ELA a copy of their denial letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Refund of Tuition – after training begins

If a student contract is terminated after the vocational training begins, the following amounts of the tuition fees will be charged:

- When 10% or less of the vocational training has been provided, 25% of the tuition fees;

- When more than 10% but 50% or less of the vocational training has been provided, 60% of the tuition fees;

- When more than 50% of the vocational training has been provided, 100% of the tuition fees.

Incidental Fees: There are no refunds for incidental fees, such as: textbooks, lesson materials, supplies, printing, parking or equipment.

For more information, please email or visit


11. Health/Social Support Services

Health/Social Support Services are available to help those in need in our communities.

Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 services for seniors, people with disabilities, job seekers, parents and families, homelessness, financial assistance, abuse, and family violence prevention.

Students can also call Alberta's Health Link 8-1-1 for 24/7 health advice or visit to learn more about available resources and support.


12. International Student Handbook

All international students are required to read and sign the International Student Handbook at the time of enrolment. The handbook includes valuable information such as: Student Dispute Resolution Policy, Grade Appeal procedure, Attendance Policy, Privacy Policy and Academic Rules and Regulations/Dismissal Policy. The International Student Handbook is publicly available here.

Monselito BunyiMonselito Bunyi
15:15 18 Aug 21
I just finished and graduated in Diploma for Personal Fitness Trainer. I have learned so much and my brain got full knowledge from the best instructors in school. Crystal, Jarred and Leah are really the best! They have established credibility in their knowledge and they really care about the students. The excellence in their teaching styles have different strokes but have the same goal, and that is the CARE to share their knowledge to us and make us to become the excellent fitness professional.For those who are still thinking about starting a fitness career, this school is my HIGHLY recommended for your guys. Your tuition fee is all worth it. You will not be disappointed and you will finish this school with a smile in your heart and full of knowledge in your brain and you will become successful!
22:44 17 Aug 21
Took the personal trainer course and it was easily the best educational experience I've had by far. The instructors are unreal and just a fountain of knowledge. I would do it all over again if I could. If you're considering your options for any certifications they offer just pick ELA, you wont be disappointed.
Pengwen (DJ Pengwen)Pengwen (DJ Pengwen)
19:59 12 Mar 20
I was enrolled (and completed) the personal fitness trainer program. It's also worth noting that I'm a massage therapist, with a strong knowledge of muscles and their movement, and I still found this program challenging. But it's also worth it.The instructors genuinely want to see people succeed, both in the program and out in the real world, and although the course requires you to be quite self-driven, they will provide you with the resources and assistance where able to ensure you succeed.I would also like to point out, ensure you can structure a healthy work/school/life balance before enrolling. It'll help a lot. :)
Bonnie LangBonnie Lang
20:11 29 Jul 19
I cannot recommend working with ELA enough! I spoke to one of their classes and received a warm welcome, great questions, and lots of interest for a practicum. I was impressed with their level of professionalism but also "real" nature and honesty around the personal training industry.From the class, I was able to work with a practicum student and loved how she was always ready to watch, interact, and even take over on the spot. I appreciated her enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and great people skills - she made people at ease and jumped right into their sessions with them.I'm grateful for a fun experience with ELA and would recommend connecting with them for any personal trainer/business owner in the fitness industry.
Erin GaboraErin Gabora
00:17 27 Mar 19
After much research I came across Elevated Learning Academy. I decided to enroll in the Personal Fitness Teainer Diploma program and I am so glad I did. The instructors, Leah and Daniel were extremely knowledgeable and prepared me for the industry I was entering into. I would recommend anyone interested in becoming certified to check them out. You get the practical work along with the textbook work!

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Applied Nutrition Science Diploma

Next Virtual Delivery: April 22, 2024 - August 28, 2024

Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma

Next Virtual Delivery: February 5 - June 6, 2024
Next Calgary In-Person: March 18 - July 18, 2024
Next Edmonton In-Person: April 15 - August 13, 2024

Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma

Next Virtual Delivery: March 4, 2024 - July 8, 2024


Enroll Early & Save on Your Tuition

Must enroll by November 30 for classes starting between Jan and March.

Must enroll by February 28 for classes starting between April and May.

Must enroll by April 30 for classes starting between June and August.

Must enroll by July 30 for classes starting between Sept and Dec.
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