School of Distance Education

Before You Register

  • Accessible Learning Services is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities receive reasonable and effective academic accommodations and support services in order to be able to participate fully in their academic environment.
  • If you are a person with a disability (Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing; learning disability; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]; acquired brain injury; mental health concerns; blindness or low vision; medical disability; mobility disability), it is important to register with Accessible Learning Services as early as possible in order to receive accommodations in time for your first class.
  • When you register, you will meet with an accessibility consultant who will assist you in determining the appropriate accommodations for your program and learning needs.
  • Accommodation supports may include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, admission, placement and test-taking accommodations, large-print, electronic or Braille materials, adaptive technology, note taking, learning strategist support and more.
  • These services are free to anyone registered in a George Brown College course. To register for any of these services, you must complete an intake form and submit it and your disability documentation to the Accessible Learning Services office at your campus. For a copy of the intake form and details about how to register for services, visit the Accessible Learning Services web page.
  • For more information, contact Accessible Learning Services at letstalk@georgebrown.ca, at 416-415-5000, ext. 2622, or 1-877-515-5559 (TTY) or by visiting their offices.
    • Casa Loma Campus Accessible Learning Services 
      LOCATION: Casa Loma Campus, 160 Kendal Ave., Building C (CLC), Room 317
    • St. James Campus Accessible Learning Services 
      LOCATION: St. James Campus, 200 King St. E., Building A (SJA), Room 582C
    • Waterfront Campus Accessible Learning Services 
      LOCATION: Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Dr. (WF), Room 225
  • Many George Brown College distance education courses can be applied toward George Brown College distance education certificates. In all casescertificate requirements are clearly outlined in the descriptions published on the School of Distance Education website.
  • Some Continuing Education courses can be applied toward designations awarded by external professional or licensing bodies. The information provided about these designations on the School of Distance Education website may not represent the extent of the designations' requirements. The qualification requirements are set by the external professional or licensing body, not George Brown College. In order to qualify for the designation, you must follow the process of that external body and meet the requirements applicable to you.
  • In most cases, you do not register for a certificate. Instead, you register for individual courses that make up the certificate requirements. Compulsory courses provide the foundation while electives (if applicable) permit you to select courses best suited to your interests and goals.
  • It is your responsibility to request a certificate once you have completed all the requirements.
  • In some cases, Continuing Education courses lead to diploma completion. However, in those cases, formal admission is generally required. Additionally, the process for obtaining a diploma once you have completed the requirements is different than the process for obtaining a certificate. For more information, contact the department co-ordinator.
  • Students who have completed Continuing Education certificates are not eligible to attend the college's convocation ceremonies. These ceremonies are for full-time George Brown College program graduates only.
  • For related information, visit the Certificate Requests web page, the Certificate Requirements web page and the Replacement Certificate web page.
 
  • You may be exempted from a specific George Brown College course in a certificate (or other program) or from a prerequisite requirement if you have completed an equivalent course at another accredited post-secondary educational institution.
  • To request a course exemption, follow these steps.

1.  Ensure that the course for which you wish to get credit meets the department requirements:

Business Studies Department To be eligible for an exemption from a Business Studies department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have at least 80% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.

Emergency Management Department To be eligible for an exemption from an Emergency Management department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
  • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.

Fashion Department To be eligible for an exemption from a Fashion & Creative Arts department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
  • You must have obtained a grade of B- (70%) or higher in the equivalent course.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.

Legal Studies Department To be eligible for an exemption from a Legal Studies department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have at least 80% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.

Nursing Department To be eligible for an exemption from a Nursing department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • You must have obtained a grade in the equivalent course that is equal to or higher than the passing grade of the George Brown course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.

Public Health Department To be eligible for an exemption from a Public Health department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • The equivalent course must have at least 80% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.

Technical Training To be eligible for an exemption from a Technical Training department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have been completed the equivalent course within 5 years of the application for exemption.
  • You must have obtained a grade of “B” (73%) or higher in the equivalent course
  • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • You must complete a minimum of 60% of the modules within the GBC Program

Technology & Trades Department To be eligible for an exemption from a Technology & Trades department course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
  • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
  • You must have obtained a grade of B- (70%) or higher in the equivalent course.
  • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
  • The equivalent course must have at least 90% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.

2.  You must apply for a course exemption in writing. You should complete an Application for Course Exemption PDF form. Alternatively, you can provide a letter/email that includes your student ID number; your date of birth; your full legal name and address; your home and business phone numbers; your main email address; the name of the certificate/designation or diploma you are pursuing; the relevant details (course code, course name and class section course reference number [CRN]) of the course from which you wish to be exempted; details about the equivalent course you completed; and your signature.

3.  Attach a copy of the transcript and/or grade report for the equivalent course you have taken.

4.  Attach a copy of the course outline for the equivalent course. Course outlines include details about course content, course outcomes and credit hours (if applicable).

5.  Submit your request (with supporting documents) to the department responsible for the course from which you wish to be exempted. You can submit your request by mail, by email or by delivering it to the department office in person. Department addresses and locations can be found in the School of Distance Education Contacts list. You must allow about six weeks for your request to be processed.

  • If your exemption is granted, your grade in the exempted course will be EX. Exempted credit courses will be excluded from any grade point average (GPA) calculations (if applicable).
  • Course information includes the total fee (which includes HST, if applicable).
  • If a course is part of a certificate/designation or other recognized program, HST does not apply to its fee.
  • The fee for every course includes a $4 technology fee that funds the open access computing facilities at the Library Learning Commons. The fee for every course of 20 hours or more includes a $21.03 campus service fee and a $20 infrastructure upgrade fee. Some courses also include materials fees.
  • The college reserves the right to share your information with a third party for collection purposes in the event that you fail to settle outstanding fees owing to the college.
  • Some courses require you to purchase a textbook. Unless otherwise indicated, the cost of textbooks is not included in the course fee.
  • For related information, visit thRefunds web page.
  • Funds may be available for select School of Distance Education courses for students in financial need through the George Brown College Student Assistance Fund. Available assistance includes funds for tuition. To be considered, you must demonstrate financial need. The deadline for applying for the Student Assistance Fund is six weeks before the course start date. (This information may be subject to change as a result of new government policies.) For application forms, visit one of the Financial Assistance Offices, which are located in the Student Service Centres. For more information, call 416-415-5000, ext. 2476.

The College is regulated by The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Act – R.R.O. 1990, Reg.771.
For further information on the status of George Brown Colleges as an approved post-secondary education institution, please access the Province of Ontario – Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development site at: www.edu.gov.on.ca.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet prerequisite requirements. Certificate and course prerequisites are outlined in full on the School of Distance Education website
  • Prerequisites are required for your academic protection. Course content and teaching methods are based on the assumption that you are academically prepared. If you do not have the proper prerequisite(s), no special consideration will be given if you find the course material too difficult, and you may be asked to withdraw or transfer by the teacher (or department co-ordinator). If you are asked to withdraw or transfer, you will be charged an administrative fee as per the withdrawal or transfer policy.
  • You may be asked for proof that you have completed the prerequisite(s) at your first class.
  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that gives you the opportunity to obtain academic credit for a George Brown College course or courses in a certificate (or other program) by demonstrating that you have acquired necessary skills and knowledge through life experiences. These experiences may include work, training, independent study, volunteering, travel, hobbies and family experiences. PLAR is not equal to a course exemption.
  • PLAR is done on a course-by-course basis. If you want to pursue PLAR for a course, you can request an assessment of your knowledge. Your learning may be assessed by one or both of the following methods:
    • Testing through written or orals exams, interviews or case studies
    • Review of a portfolio of your work that demonstrates your skills
  • Your learning will be evaluated and you will receive a grade for your assessment. This grade will appear on your transcript and will be included in any grade point average (GPA) calculations (if applicable).
  • To apply for PLAR, you must have a secondary school diploma or be at least 19 years old.
  • To request PLAR, follow these steps:
    1. Obtain the course outline from the department co-ordinator. The co-ordinator will tell you if the course is eligible for PLAR. (Some courses do not qualify for PLAR.)
    2. If the course is eligible, use the course outline to complete the  PLAR Self-Assessment Word form. T his tool will help you and the department co-ordinator to determine whether you meet the course learning outcomes through your prior learning. If you are confident that you can meet these outcomes after completing the self-assessment form, contact the department co-ordinator to book an appointment.
    3. Complete an Application for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) PDF form. Alternatively, you can pick up a copy of the form at a Student Service Centre or at the PLAR office (St. James Campus, 200 King St. E., Building A (SJA), Room 264D).
    4. Bring your completed PLAR self-assessment form and application form to your appointment. You are also encouraged to bring a copy of your current resumé with you. (Note: You can also submit your request (and supporting documents) by mail, email or by delivering it to the department office in person. Department addresses and locations can be found in the School of Distance Education Contacts list. 
    5. If the department co-ordinator confirms that you are eligible for PLAR, the co-ordinator will sign your application form. Take your signed application form to a Student Service Centre to pay the administrative fee (payments must be made in person). Payments will not be processed without a signed application form. (Note: PLAR fees are non-refundable. The employee discount cannot be applied to PLAR.)
    6. Return your signed application form and receipt of payment to the department co-ordinator. The co-ordinator will advise you on how to complete your PLAR assessment (such as through a portfolio or challenge exam) and will establish a timeline for completion.
  • If your credit is granted, you will receive a grade for the course based on your portfolio and/or challenge exam.
  • For more information, visit the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) website or contact the PLAR office at plar@georgebrown.ca