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Admissions and registration

Registering for a Continuing Education course

Students may register for a Continuing Education course (provided that all requirements have been met) using one of five registration methods (Please note: course code and payment in full is due at the time of registration:

In person:

Visit one of the following locations:

Oshawa campus:  2000 Simcoe St. North, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (Located in the Student Services building)

Monday, Tuesday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Whitby campus:  1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

By phone (credit card payment only):

To register by phone, please call 905.721.3000. Please have course code and credit card information ready.

By fax (credit card payment only):

Fax your completed registration form to 905.721.3113.

By mail:

Mail your completed registration form to:
Durham College, Strategic Enrolment Services
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4

Please note: Payment by mail must use credit card or money order only (personal cheques are no longer accepted). Please make money orders payable to Durham College.

Online (credit card payment only):

To register online, select your desired course and click “ADD” to add to your shopping cart.

Obtaining a certificate, diploma or graduate certificate

Students wishing to complete a certificate, diploma or post-diploma program by studying part-time may register for and study the courses as their schedule allows. Eligibility requirements will depend on the chosen program. In the case of diplomas or graduate certificates, the admission criteria will follow the post-secondary eligibility guidelines.

Graduation from a diploma or graduate certificate program

Those students who have successfully completed the requirements in a program of studies through Continuing Education and obtained a GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 may apply to graduate by filling out an application in Strategic Enrolment Services. The required GPA is obtainable by achieving a grade of over 60 per cent in most subjects. There will be a graduation fee of  $31.37 payable at the time of application and successful graduating students may choose to participate in the convocation ceremonies.

Admission to post-secondary programs:

College eligibility

The minimum admission requirement for post-secondary programs is one of the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.
  • General Educational Development (GED).
  • Mature student status (see below).

Mature student status

Applicants who are 19 years of age or older as of the first day of school and do not possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), may be considered for admission as mature students. Students lacking specific requirements may have to complete academic upgrading. Mature applicants are considered on an individual basis and should contact the Admissions office as early as possible to determine their eligibility.

Program eligibility

Some programs require that applicants meet additional admission criteria. These may include:

  • Specific academic prerequisites.
  • Completion of an essay, test or questionnaire.
  • Submission of a portfolio or medical form.

The admission eligibility requirements for each program are listed in detail in the program description section of the course calendar. It is the responsibility of each applicant to complete these requirements as part of the admission process.

Students with special needs

The Access and Support Centre (ASC) assists students who require accommodations due to a disability (blind or have limited vision; deaf or hard of hearing; or have a physical, medical, psychiatric or learning disability). Supports may include:

  • Adaptive testing arrangements
  • Access to computers and special software
  • Counselling
  • FM hearing systems
  • Peer tutors
  • Visual aids
  • Much more

To arrange for support or for more information please contact the ASC at 905.721.2000 ext. 2364 or

Studying as a part-time day student

If space allows, a student may enrol in day courses on a part-time basis; however, approval and registration will only occur at the commencement of classes. Formal application for part-time studies may be made through the Admissions office at Durham College by contacting the office at 905.721.3046.

Cancellation of a course or program

Durham College reserves the right to cancel any course or program with insufficient enrolment or any program where employment opportunities do not appear adequate to justify the number of students graduating. Prior to a decision to suspend or phase out a program, the college will give students an opportunity to complete the program.

However, there may be special circumstances where this is not possible or where a transfer of the students to another college would be more practical for all parties. Under such circumstances, Durham College will assist students to enrol in the same program offered by another college located within a reasonable distance from Durham College.

Purchasing your text

Please visit the Campus Bookstore’s online system.

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