Student Info

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of January 2024, students who have a Destiny One (OPEN_X) account will receive a NetID if registering for a course that requires access to additional Dalhousie resources. Your NetID gives you access to the Dalhousie Libraries, all Information Technology (IT) services at Dalhousie, campus wireless networks, and the online learning platform, OpenDal.

If your course does not require that you have a NetID, you can use your OPEN_X account to access the online learning platform, OpenDal.

How to Register For Courses If....

I am a new student

You will need to create an OPEN_X account by entering your email address under "I'm a new student." Once your account is created, you can proceed with registering for your course. 

I am a current student with a NetID

You can use your NetID username and password to register for courses. 

If you've previously taken a course through the Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development, please double-check that your NetID is activated. To do this, go to and submit the form to claim your account (NOTE: you will need to enter your date of birth). You will also need to register a Password Reset Email in case you forget your password.

When your NetID has been activated, you will be able to log in to the registration system using the "I have a NetID username and password" option.

I am a current student without a NetID

You can use your OPEN_X account to register for courses if you do not have a NetID. 


Benefits We Offer Our Learners

Get recognized for your learning at the Faculty through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program. Or, you can earn a microcredential by completing a competency assessment during one of our courses. 

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and how can it benefit me?

RPL assesses learning that you have gained through work and life experience or from non-recognized institutions.

Learners should contact the RPL Office at the Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development to discuss their eligibility to apply for RPL, and information and guidance on the RPL process.

You can contact the RPL coordinator to make an appointment by email at or review the RPL policy (178 KB). 

RPL is for adult learners who have significant previous work and life learning such as:

  • Independent/self-study
  • Engaging in online self-directed learning (LinkedIn Learning, edX, Coursera, etc.)
  • Volunteer activities
  • Being coached, mentored, and receiving feedback
  • Workplace training
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Professional development events
  • Non-accredited certificates (IT Certificates, Project Management Certification, licenses, etc.)
  • Continuing studies courses or programs

What are microcredentials and how can they benefit me?

Microcredentials can be a powerful tool to help you get noticed and land that job in your desired field. They are evidence of a skill or competency that has been demonstrated by you, our learner. They are represented by a digital badge that can be added to your social media sites, such as LinkedIn, the footer of your emails, or your digital resume. Potential employers can click on those digital badges and see a record of what you had to do to earn that microcredential.

Click here to see a listing of the microcredentials we offer. 

How to Access Your Tax Receipts

For step-by-step instructions on how to access your tax receipt, please go to our Access your tax receipt video on YouTube.

When can I access my tax receipt?

Tax receipts are now available through the Student Portal.

Where do I access my tax receipt?

Visit the Student Portal and log in using the Student Login link in the top right-hand corner.

I don't see the tax receipt in the Student Portal. What is the issue?

Once you have logged in to the Student Portal, update your Social Insurance Number (SIN) by going to My Profile and scrolling down to Personal Information. You are required to either add your Social Insurance Number or decline to provide it; if you decline, you will not receive a T2202.

Your tax receipt will be available through this site after you enter your SIN. Just go back to Student Home and select “Tax Receipt”. If you do not see a tax receipt in this section of the site by mid-March, your course(s) were not eligible. See more details below regarding eligible courses. 

For more details on tax receipts, please see below.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires all designated educational institutions in Canada to issue a T2202, Tuition and Enrollment Certificate, for qualifying students enrolled in a specified educational program.

What is a qualified student? Someone who is:

  • Enrolled in a specified educational program**
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Has spent 12 hours per month on courses in a program

**Course eligibility (in a specified educational program):

  • Course(s) are at least three consecutive weeks in length
  • Course hours in a program totals at least 12 hours per month
  • Tuition fees paid equal or exceed $100
  • Student personally paid the tuition fees. (If your employer or company paid on your behalf or you were reimbursed, you are not eligible to claim your T2202)

Courses that are considered preparation to post-secondary education are not eligible for reimbursement, including courses taken through English Language Studies, the Academic Refresher Series and University Preparation.

I have a Dalhousie NetID and Password

If you have a Dalhousie NetID, you can use that to log into your student account with the Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development.


Our Policies

If you have questions about our policies on registering for courses, withdrawals, transfers and deferrals, please refer to our Policies (2.12 MB).

Invoices & Payments

If you have invoicing questions or are unsure about how to pay for courses, please email the Registration Team directly. 

Support for Students, Staff & Faculty Members

The Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development is one of many learning and training pathways available to you at Dalhousie University. We have a range of courses and certificates available to you through our tuition waiver program, on a complementary basis or for a fee. Learn more about our pathways available to you.

Getting Started With Online Platforms

Before you begin any online course at Dalhousie, you will want to familiarize yourself with our online platforms. Learn more about the platforms that you’ll be required to use

Do You Have More Questions?

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