Student Information

The details you need to get started

Find all the information you’re looking for on our continuing education programs, including technical requirements, course fees, cancellation policies and more. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Costs and discounts

Course fees are listed on each course page. Registrants who pay for all modules of the online technical certificates in advance are eligible for a discount. See individual certificate pages for details.

Group discounts are available for participants from the same organization who register for the same course and pay at the same time:

  • 2 participants: 10%
  • 3 participants: 15%
  • 4 participants: 20%
  • 5 or more: 25%

Dalhousie alumni, students, staff and faculty are eligible for a discount of 15%.

Note: Discounts cannot be combined. The highest single discount available will be applied.

International student fees

All students pay the same tuition fee. We do not charge a fee differential for international students.

Course cancellations and withdrawals

If you withdraw from a course up to 10 business days before its start date, we will fully refund all fees. After that date, a 20% administrative fee will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be issued after the course start date.

Alternatively, someone else can attend in-class courses in your place at no additional charge.

If a course is cancelled for any reason, we will provide a full refund for all registrants. Dalhousie’s liability is limited to the return of the registration fee. We recommend out-of-town participants call to confirm their course is running before booking travel and accommodations.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

One CEU is equivalent to 10 classroom hours or 10 professional development hours (PDHs). The CEU is an internationally accepted unit of measurement in qualified continuing education courses.

Engineering Institute of Canada

The College of Continuing Education is a participating partner in the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) National Registry of CEUs.

Our instructors

All of our instructors are professionals and experts in their subject area. Most run their own consulting practices and teach part-time online or in person. Biographies can be found on each certificate page.

Online learning

Online learning doesn’t mean you’re alone—we’re here to support you, every step of the way.

Course access

Seven to 10 days before the course start date, you’ll receive an email requesting payment (if you haven’t already paid course fees). Just before the course start date, you’ll receive an email with your username, password and instructions for course access. Generally, courses are accessible on the morning of the course start date.

If you’re a Dalhousie University employee taking a program hosted at Dalhousie, you can access courses using your NetID and password.

Textbooks and software requirements

Some courses require textbooks or software. Visit the course web page for specific details. Required books and software can be purchased through Amazon or Chapters.

About the online learning platform

Dalhousie uses Brightspace, developed by D2L (Desire2Learn). A “Help” section is available within Brightspace to help with navigating the learning platform. Dalhousie’s Help Desk is also available to help you with technical and access issues. You’ll receive information about these resources along with your username and password.

Online technical certificate program structure

Most of our online technical certificates require that you complete three to four “modules,” which are set up much like an in-class course would be. The weekly syllabus may include readings, assignments, quizzes, pre-recorded sessions and/or a weekly live online session.

Live sessions are usually one hour long and held at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), unless otherwise indicated (the day of the week varies by course). Live sessions are with the instructor and other participants. Attendance is not mandatory, but the sessions provide an excellent opportunity to ask the instructor questions and to meet other participants. Live sessions are recorded and available for review throughout each module.

Live sessions

Live sessions are run using a real-time video conferencing tool, Collaborate Ultra. You will not have to install any additional software.

Quizzes and exams

Online quizzes and exams are part of all certificate programs. You’ll receive specific details at the start of your program, and the syllabus will be available online.

Time commitment

Most past participants find they need 7 to 9 hours per week to complete readings, take in live sessions, complete assignments and study for quizzes and the final exam. Please keep in mind this is subjective; you may find you need more or less time to complete all requirements successfully.