In order to receive a certificate, you must successfully complete the requirements published at the beginning of the academic year in which you began taking courses toward the certificate.
Generally, you are required to complete the certificate requirements within three years. However, that time frame may vary, so be sure to check with the department co-ordinator about the requirements for your certificate.
Occasionally, changes may occur that make the courses you require unavailable or available for only a limited time. In such cases, you should contact the department co-ordinator to discuss your options (including possible course substitutions).
The credit value of Continuing Education courses that are not equivalent to post-secondary courses is identified using Continuing Education Units (CEU). CEU are used at many educational institutions to define value or contribution toward a full program of study.
One unit is granted for every 10 hours of instruction, rounded to the nearest tenth. So, if you are transferring credits to another educational institution, a 42-hour Continuing Education course equals 4.2 CEU. (This number is not included in any calculation of grade point averages.) However, George Brown College does not guarantee that its courses will be accepted by other educational institutions.
Some Continuing Education courses have equivalent academic standing to courses offered within George Brown College post-secondary diplomas. Although the Continuing Education course code and the post-secondary course code differ, the learning outcomes are the same. You can determine if a Continuing Education course is equivalent to a full-time course by checking the web page for the Continuing Education course. (You can get to the course web page quickly by adding the course code to the end of our website URL as in this example: coned.georgebrown.ca/COMM1008). You must also consult with your full-time department co-ordinator to confirm that your chosen course meets the full-time course requirement prior to registering.
If you are transferring credits to another educational institution, a 42-hour Continuing Education course that has a full-time equivalent is equal to three credits. However, George Brown College does not guarantee that its courses will be accepted by other educational institutions.
Copying directly from texts, the Internet and other sources without acknowledgment or using another's ideas as one's own is defined as plagiarism and is penalized as cheating. Plagiarized assignments are given a grade of F (0%), which may lead to a grade of F (0–49%) in that course. For more information, visit the You Quote It, You Note It interactive tutorial.