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AEC Programs

AEC (Attestation d’études collégiales) programs are designed to provide adult learners with the training they need for today's job market.

AEC programs are shorter than DEC (Diplôme d'études collégiales) programs, putting graduates in the workforce sooner. The following is a list of AEC programs offered at Dawson College:

You can find program dates, application deadlines, eligibility criteria, prerequisites, etc. by following the links above. Some programs are offered in collaboration with Emploi-Québec. Once you have all the information you need, you can:

Apply online for an AEC program


Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for AEC programs vary and are indicated on each program's page. Applications are accepted after the deadlines, but are only considered if there is space remaining in the program.

Please contact the AEC Program Office at (514) 931-8731 ext. 3210 if you need more information


AEC Admission Requirements

Ministerial Requirements

A person who has received instruction considered sufficient by the college and meets one of the following conditions may be admitted to a program of studies leading to an attestation d’études collégiales:

  1. the person's studies have been interrupted for at least two consecutive terms or one school year
  2. the person is covered by an agreement entered into between the college and an employer or by a government program of studies
  3. the person has pursued postsecondary studies for at least one year

College Requirements

The College considers sufficient instruction to be one of the following:

             a) Québec Secondary School Diploma (DES) or equivalent

             b) Québec Diploma of Professional Studies (DEP) or equivalent

             c) A combination of experience and/or training deemed appropriate
                for the program. 

  1. English language skills equivalent to placement at Preparation for college English or higher. Applicants may be required to take an English placement exam.
  2. A letter of intent explaining the applicant's reasons for seeking admission to the program and demonstrating his or her interest in developing a career in the field.
  3. An interview may be required to assess the applicant's ability, motivation and communication skills.
  4. Some AEC programs may require applicants to submit a portfolio.

Note: Some AEC programs may have specific admission requirements in addition to those listed above. Check program descriptions on program pages. 


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AEC Program Orientation

New students in AEC programs will be informed directly of the date of their orientation. Orientation dates vary according to each program’s starting date.


AEC Office

For more information, please call or drop by the AEC Program Office:
(514) 931-8731 - Ext. 3210

4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montréal, Québec
Room 3H.1

Hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday:   8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday:   8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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