Advanced Standing

Students with prior CEGEP studies will have their credits transferred automatically. This process is done generally before a student registers for their upcoming semester at Dawson, but can sometimes take longer.

Students who have attended a post-secondary institution other than a CEGEP may request that previous courses be evaluated for equivalent credit for advanced standing in their program. There is a non-refundable fee of $10, for each equivalence requested, to a maximum of $50. Applicants requesting advanced standing must ensure that the Admissions Office receives all official transcripts and course descriptions (along with translations to either English or French, if necessary) before the evaluation of credits pertinent to the chosen program can be considered.

Regardless of the number of credits granted by equivalence or the number of credits transferred, a minimum of six courses must be successfully completed at Dawson College before the College will consider the student for the Diploma of Collegial Studies (Diplôme d’ études collégiales, DEC).

Before embarking on the process to request a course credit evaluation, we recommend that you review our course descriptions and competencies to determine if you have taken a similar course. Having a university degree does not guarantee you will get equivalences for your general education courses.

To access our course descriptions




Physical Education

Complementary Courses

Concentration (Program) Courses – you should also consult with your program coordinator or chairperson.


Credit Equivalency

Credit EQ Form

To fill out this writable form, please download first.

Please read the F.A.Q. If you have additional questions please contact us at

Credit EQ F.A.Q.

Only Dawson students who are currently registered in a DEC program may apply for a credit equivalency.

Courses at the following educational levels are eligible:

  • Grade 12 courses outside of Quebec
  • College-level courses outside of Quebec (CEGEP courses are not eligible.)
  • University-level courses
  • Some AP-level courses may be eligible.

For every course you are requesting the evaluation for a credit equivalence you must include:

  1. If not on file, an official transcript showing the course number, the course title, the year or semester taken, the grade obtained and credits earned, if applicable.
  2. The full course description provided by the institution where you took the course. This can be a official course outline or an official course description available from the institution’s Registrar’s Office or downloaded from its website.


Unfortunately, if you do not have an official copy issued by the educational institution (or a copy downloaded from the institution’s official website), your request will be deemed incomplete and will not be processed. This information is included in your Institutional Student Evaluation Policy (ISEP).


The evaluation is done by members of the faculty and is based not only on a comparison of content and topics covered but also on competencies and the grade achieved. The evaluation process is less focussed on the level of education as with the actual course content.


This process is only for university-level courses in Quebec, or for Grade 12, college or university-level education outside Quebec. If you have courses from another Quebec CEGEP that you wish to have considered for your current program of study, you must consult an Academic Adviser to see whether you are eligible for a course substitution.

English and/or French

All documents must be provided in either English or French. Certified translations into either English or French along with a copy of the documents in their original language are also accepted. Translations of documents made by the student will not be accepted.

Requests can take up to one full semester

Processing times will depend on faculty availability. For requests that have been properly completed, including all required supporting documents and the payment, a request may take up to one full semester to process and evaluate.

We therefore recommend that you register for all the courses that are proposed to you next semester, to ensure that you take the course in the event your credit equivalence is denied.

There is a non-refundable fee of $10.00 for each course that you are requesting an evaluation for, up to a maximum of $50.00.

Example 1: If you are requesting 3 different courses to be evaluated with the expectation of receiving 3 credit equivalences, the fee will be $30.00

Example 2: If you are requesting 5 or more courses to be evaluated, with the expectation of receiving a credit equivalency for each course, the fee will be $50.00.

Example 3: If you are combining 2 courses with the expectation of receiving 1 credit equivalency, the fee will be $20.00

Payment can be accepted at the Registrar’s Office – currently located in 2D.6.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their requests via email address that we have on file.

You must then take the course.

If the credit equivalence is denied for a specific course in your program, you will need to take said course. The fees that you have paid for the evaluation are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the evaluation.


The credit equivalence granted for a specific course will have the remark “EQ” in place of a grade on your CEGEP transcript. The credit equivalence may or may not be recognized by other CEGEPs.

Last Modified: May 12, 2020