Course Exemptions

  • You may be exempted from a specific George Brown College course in a certificate (or other program) or from a prerequisite requirement if you have completed an equivalent course at another accredited post-secondary educational institution.
  • To request a course exemption, follow these steps.
    1. Ensure that the course for which you wish to get credit meets the department requirements.
      Business Studies Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Business Studies department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 80% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Community & Health Services Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Community & Health Services department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.
      • you must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 80% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Emergency Management Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from an Emergency Management department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Fashion & Creative Arts Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Fashion & Creative Arts department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of B (73%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 90% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Hospitality & Culinary Arts Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Hospitality & Culinary Arts department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post‑secondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Legal Studies Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Legal Studies department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 80% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Liberal Studies Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Liberal Studies department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (there are no time limits for General Education (GHUM, GSCI and GSSC) courses; for other courses, contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Makeup and Esthetics Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Makeup and Esthetics department course, you must make your request to the School of Makeup and Esthetics in person. Contact the department co-ordinator for further details.
      Nursing Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Nursing department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade in the equivalent course that is equal to or higher than the passing grade of the George Brown course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Technology & Trades Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Technology & Trades department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited postsecondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of B- (70%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 90% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      Visual Arts & Design Department
      To be eligible for an exemption from a Visual Arts & Design department course, you must meet the following requirements:
      • You must have completed the equivalent course within three to five years of the application for exemption, depending on the subject (contact the department co-ordinator for further details).
      • You must have taken the equivalent course at an accredited post-secondary institution.
      • You must have obtained a grade of C- (60%) or higher in the equivalent course.
      • The equivalent course must have approximately the same number of hours as the course from which you wish to be exempted.
      • The equivalent course must have at least 75% content overlap with the course from which you wish to be exempted.
    2. You must apply for a course exemption in writing. You should complete an Application for Course Exemption PDF form. Alternatively, you can provide a letter/email that includes your student ID number; your date of birth; your full legal name and address; your home and business phone numbers; your main email address; the name of the certificate/designation or diploma you are pursuing; the relevant details (course code, course name and class section course reference number [CRN]) of the course from which you wish to be exempted; details about the equivalent course you completed; and your signature.
    3. Attach a copy of the transcript and/or grade report for the equivalent course you have taken.
    4. Attach a copy of the course outline for the equivalent course. Course outlines include details about course content, course outcomes and credit hours (if applicable).
    5. Submit your request (with supporting documents) to the department responsible for the course from which you wish to be exempted. You can submit your request by mail, by email or by delivering it to the department office in person. Department addresses and locations can be found in the Continuing Education Contacts list. You must allow about six weeks for your request to be processed.
  • If your exemption is granted, your grade in the exempted course will be EX. Exempted credit courses will be excluded from any grade point average (GPA) calculations (if applicable).