WISDOM families with funding available may use a Purchase Order number to shop at specific vendors. This PO number is given to the vendor at the time of purchase along with your name and the fact that you are with WISDOM. The vendor then bills WISDOM directly.

For returning WISDOM families, Purchase Order numbers may be requested a month before the funds are available (eg. September and April rather than October and May), as vendors have a 30-day pay period. Remember, your Educational Program Plan must be approved by your facilitator before your funds will be released, including for Purchase Orders. For program plan templates and samples, please click here.

Click here for a current list of vendors who accept POs. This list is subject to change (please make suggestions of vendors we can add).

The deadline for requesting and using POs is the last business day of May.

How to use a Purchase Order Number

Each purchase order (PO) is for a particular vendor (store) for specific items. Because a purchase order is a “promise to pay” it can be issued only for resources approved by the AB Home Education Regulation. See our Funding Policy for details. For items that are only partially covered, purchase orders cannot be used.

Using a Purchase Order In-Store:

Option 1

Preferred (if you know in advance what you intend to purchase):

  1. Call the vendor.
  2. Tell them you will be using a WISDOM purchase order.
  3. Give them the list of items that you will be purchasing, your name, and WISDOM’s contact information.
  4. They will tally your items and contact the WISDOM office with the list and total.
  5. WISDOM will give the vendor a PO number, and your order will be waiting for you to pick up.
  6. Go to the store, present your identification, and pick up your order.
  7. The vendor will bill WISDOM out of your available funding.
Option 2

Time-consuming (if you’re not sure what you intend to purchase, use the customer service check-out, as this will take some time):

  1. Shop between 9:00 and 4:00. Gather your items, and tell a clerk that you will be using a Purchase Order from WISDOM.
  2. Give them your name and the WISDOM phone number (780-741-2113).
  3. The vendor will call WISDOM, communicating the list of items to us.
  4. Once your items are approved, WISDOM will issue a PO number to the vendor.
  5. Your transaction is complete, and you may take your materials home.
  6. The vendor will bill WISDOM out of your available funding.

Using a Purchase Order Online:

Select a website that allows you to use a home education PO (eg: Canadian Home Education Resources).

  1. Fill your shopping cart with the items that you intend to purchase.
  2. Select Purchase Order as your payment method. When you get to the page that requires entry of the PO number, you will also see your totals, including shipping.
  3. Now either take a screen capture of the total or take a picture of that page with a smartphone. (For more information on how to take screen captures, click here.)
  4. Email the image to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. We will review the email, verify the approval of items, and reply to you with a PO number.
  6. The vendor will bill WISDOM out of your available funding, and ship you your purchase.

If you wish to expedite this process, you may call us at 780-741-2113 and let us know that you are sending the email, so we can deal with it right away.

You may also call us at the office to request a PO number 780-741-2113. One PO number is only good for one specific purchase, but you may use more than one through the year.