Many Continuing Education courses can be applied toward George Brown College certificates. Others can be applied toward designations awarded by external professional or licensing bodies. In all cases, requirements are clearly outlined in the descriptions published in this course calendar (online and in print). An information session may also be available.
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 permit you to select courses best suited to your interests and goals. It is your responsibility to request a certificate from the department co-ordinator once you have completed all the requirements (refer to Certificates).
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, please speak to the department co-ordinator.
You may attend a course with no requirement to complete assignments or the final exam. If you decide to formally waive the credit value of a course by choosing not to be evaluated or graded, you are considered to be auditing the course.
You cannot register online for course audit status. You must register in person (refer to Registering Online) and declare that you wish to take the course on an audit basis.
Permission of the department chair is required for registration with audit status because of the nature of some courses, class size restrictions, space constraints, possible legal restrictions and safety factors. Priority is given to those enrolled for credit.
The information in this printed course calendar was accurate at the time of publication but may change throughout the year. Due to technical upgrades expected to take place during the 2012–13 academic year, some of the policies and processes listed here may change significantly. To see the most current calendar information, check out the online version of the course calendar.
Certificate/designation and course descriptions are provided as a matter of general information; however, actual certificate/course content, length, location, instruction type, books and materials may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. George Brown College will not be held liable in any material way for difficulties created by changes to published information.
The College reserves the right to alter fees and other charges described in this course calendar (online and in print) and to impose additional regulations, policies or conditions as required. The information that may be impacted includes (but is not limited to) admission standards and prerequisites, promotion and graduation requirements and conditions for continuation of study.
The College reserves the right to change, without notice, any information appearing in this course calendar (online or in print).
Course fees for courses that are part of a certificate/diploma do not have HST applied; course fees for all other courses include HST.
Every course includes a $4 technology fee that funds the open access computing facilities. Every course of 20 hours or more includes a $20.06 campus service fee and a $20 infrastructure upgrade fee. Some courses also include materials fees.
Unless otherwise indicated, the cost of textbooks is not included in the course fee.
Information about refunds can be found on Refunds.
Funds may be available for select Continuing 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 document 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.
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
You must register in a course before the start of the second class or before 15% of the course hours have passed, or you must obtain the permission of the department. Teachers are not responsible for repeating course content covered in missed classes.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet certificate/course requirements and prerequisites as outlined in the certificate/course descriptions published in this course calendar (online and in print).
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 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, you will be charged an administrative fee as per the withdrawal policy.
You may be asked for proof that you have completed the prerequisite at your first class.
Some language courses require pre-registration interviews. Details are provided with the certificate/course descriptions.
Seniors (persons 65 years of age or older by the start date of a course) are entitled to a discount of 20% on tuition for all Continuing Education courses (excluding Distance Education courses). This discount applies to the base tuition and not to materials fees or other related course fees. In order to receive the discount, you must register in person (refer to Registering Online) and show the proper identification; this discount is not available if you register online.
Seniors are eligible to take a maximum of two courses per term, and George Brown College reserves the right to limit the number of seniors enrolling with a discounted tuition in any one course.
There is an active Seniors' Association at George Brown College. For details about courses or upcoming activities for seniors, call 416-415-5000, ext. 2418.
Did you know that you can claim Continuing Education course tuition fees on your income tax? If your tuition fee for a given course is more than $100, you will be issued an official income tax receipt, known as a T2202A form. (Materials and administrative fees are not eligible for tax deduction.) T2202A forms are available online (accessed through your student account) in mid-February of every year for all courses taken during the preceding calendar year. In addition, if your course lasts at least three consecutive weeks and involves a minimum of 12 hours per month, you may be eligible to claim a part-time education amount of $120 per month. A textbook tax credit of $20 may also be available for each month you qualify for the part‑time education amount. For more information, refer to Tax Receipt or visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.