Advanced standing

Applying for advanced standing

An application for advanced standing is available for individuals who wish to apply for admission to a program at an entry point beyond the first semester. This option is available for applicants who wish to earn credits for courses completed at another post-secondary institution or within another program at Durham College.

To facilitate this process and provide all the required admission documentation in a timely fashion, applicants will be required to adhere to the following process:

  • A $60 assessment fee will be applied to the tuition fee upon registration in any Durham College full-time post-secondary program within one year of the assessment.
  • Achieved a minimum grade of 60 per cent or a ‘C’ in all subjects for the advanced standing credit applied for. Please note: some programs require a minimum of 70 per cent.
  • Submit a transcript of marks or grade reports for all subjects requested.
  • Submit a subject outline for each subject for which the applicant is seeking credit standing. Course descriptions from the academic calendar will not be accepted.
  • Subjects completed at another institution must match in such areas as content, number of hours of instruction, and evaluation process by a minimum of 80 per cent of the Durham College subjects. Courses completed more than four years prior will not be considered for advanced standing.

In some subjects the content changes rapidly as new information emerges. Applicants may be required to update/repeat subjects in which significant change has taken place.

Important information

Approval is dependent upon availability of space in the program.

Some programs may require additional information, such as proof of valid CPR certification, immunization, medical, criminal reference check and a portfolio.

Due to summer vacation schedules, there may be a delay in processing advanced standing applications that are submitted after June 30.

Advanced standing packages submitted less then 15 working days prior to the end of the first week of classes, may not be processed.

Subject credit or exemption

Students requesting credit for courses taken more than four years prior to the time of the request must have approval from the appropriate dean or his or her designate.

External credit

Credit for equivalent courses completed at other educational institutions may be granted at the discretion of the appropriate program dean or his or her designate. A minimum grade of 60 per cent is required to obtain most credits. Some programs require a minimum of 70 per cent or higher.

Where students have been granted credit for courses completed at other educational institutions, these credits will not be included in calculating their GPA, but will be applied towards a certificate or diploma.

Courses granted as credits will be designated as CR on the student’s grade report and transcript.

Credits will be processed only for students who are currently registered at Durham College. An administration fee will apply.

Internal credit

Equivalent courses completed at Durham College will be accepted as credits toward post-secondary certificates and diplomas. The grades will be included in calculating a student’s GPA. In most cases, 50 per cent is considered a passing grade. Students are advised to consult with their dean or his or her designate for possible exceptions.

Application for credit

Applications for credit may be obtained in the Registrar’s office or downloaded from www.durhamcollege.ca. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation, including official transcripts and course outlines, to support an application for credit.

Application for credit should be completed at the time of registration and no later than four weeks from subject commencement.

Note: This process may take at least two weeks to complete. Students are advised to remain in specific classes until approval is obtained. Approved/denied documentation must be picked up by the student from the Registrar’s office approximately two weeks after submission.

Exemptions

At a dean’s discretion, exemption from a course may be granted to a student who has demonstrated related and comparable academic achievement at the post-secondary level. A course for which an exemption has been granted will be designated as CR on the student’s grade report and transcript.

Continuing education credits

Students are permitted to enrol in equivalent continuing education credit courses while taking a full-time post-secondary program. Additional fees may apply. Students may apply the grades achieved toward the certificate/diploma requirement. Prior to registering, students must consult with their program dean or his or her designate, to obtain academic counselling to ensure that they are making course selections that are appropriate to their career and educational objectives.

Note: This process may take at least two weeks to complete. Students are advised to remain in specific classes until approval is obtained.

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