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.

Purchase Orders may be used between the week after Labour Day through the last business day of May, as long as you have available funding. 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. Complete POs before May 31. This means that you will need to begin the process with the vendor by May 21 in order to ensure the purchase order is finalized before the deadline.

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.

Using a Purchase Order Over the phone & 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

Not advisable at the beginning of the year and during times of heavy purchase order use - wait times can be up to 4 days. Call the office to see if this is a possibility and schedule a time to shop. For select vendors who allow in-store purchase orders. 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 2:00. 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 send the invoice 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.

You may also call us at the office to discuss how to use Purchase Orders at 780-741-2113.