Frequently Asked Questions

What's the deadline to register?

For the Winter 2021 semester, you have until 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 to register and to finalize your registration. However, please note that from one year to the next, the dates may change. You will know that you have finalized your registration once you see your confirmation number.

How much are my fees and how can I pay them?

The amount owed depends on the number of course hours (see the course description), the number of courses, and your status (Quebec resident or not, in a program or not). Your fees will be indicated when you finalize your registration and you are encouraged to pay your fees immediately. If you do not choose this option you will receive a statement of fees payable upon receipt. For further details regarding fees, please refer to the Continuing Education timetable or go to: Student Fees
Please note that the fees do not include textbooks and/or materials and these can cost in the area of $100 or more per course.

How much time do I have to pay my fees?

Fees must be paid in full upon registration.  Students who do not pay their fees will have their course registration cancelled and will remain liable for nonrefundable fees.  Access to Omnivox services and waitlists will be blocked.  If a student registration is cancelled for nonpayment of fees, the student must reapply in order to return in a subsequent semester.

Registration Procedure

The Ministry of Education requires that courses offered by CEGEPs enable students to follow a specific and well-defined academic path. New Continuing Education Students must apply online and be admitted prior to registration in order to receive a student ID and an Omnivox password. Returning Continuing Education Students last registered in Fall 2020 can register through the Internet Registration system without completing a new application form online.

What is a permanent code?

The Quebec Permanent Code is a government ID number created by the Quebec Ministry of Education. It is a unique identifying code assigned by the Ministry to all students who attend an educational institution in Quebec regardless of where they come from and regardless of their residency status.

How do I create a temporary permanent code?

In order to access the registration system you will need your Dawson I.D. number and your Permanent Code. If you have not studied in a Quebec high school or CEGEP, you will not yet have a Permanent Code. You can use the following as a “temporary” Permanent Code: Enter the first three letters of your last name, the first letter of your first name and your birthday (day/month/year). For students born in the year 2000 or later make sure to add 62 to the day of birth.


John Smith 09-05-86 = SMIJ090586

Alex Smith 09-05-00 = SMIA710500


Women must add 50 to the month.


Joanne Smith 07-09-90 = SMIJ075990

Melanie Smith 07-09-00 = SMIM695900

How many courses can I register for?

When registering, please keep in mind that a minimum of one hour of study time is recommended for every hour of class time. As an example, a 75-hour course would require typically five (5) hours of class time and five (5) hours of study time, i.e. a total of 10 hours weekly.

Can I register for a course if I completed the prerequisite at another school?

If you are unable to register for a course because we do not have a record of the completed prerequisite, please fill out a REGISTRATION HELP FORM found in the MyDawson Portal, under “My College Services/Continuing Education Registration Help Form”. An operator or advisor will contact you as soon as possible and no later than two working days after your request is submitted.

Begins Monday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m. and ends Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:30 p.m.

In order to maximize your chances of successfully completing a course, it is essential that you have the proper prerequisite(s).

What can I do if the course for which I wish to register is full?

If no seats are available in a given section of a course, try another section, if applicable.
To be added to a waiting list please complete the REGISTRATION HELP FORM found in the MYDAWSON Portal, under “MY Ommnivox Services / Course Registration”.

Can I register for a course I've already passed?

In exceptional circumstances you may be given permission to repeat a course. If you feel you have a valid reason to do so, please fill out a REGISTRATION HELP FORM (see above).

Can I register for a course in the day division?

In general, students in Continuing Education may not register for day division courses. In special circumstances (e.g. a required program course is not available in Continuing Education), students in programs can request a day-division course by completing a form. You may request this form by sending an email to These requests will be considered, space permitting.

Can I graduate from my program by completing courses in Continuing Education?

Yes, if the required courses are available and you are registering as a program student.

Do I have to take a placement test (English or French)?

English: If you plan to register for an English course this semester and you have not completed an English course at Dawson or an English course at the 101, 102 or 103 level at another English CEGEP, you must write a placement test before you register.

French: Students who have passed their Secondary V French (Language of Instruction or Second Language) in a Quebec educational institution in the last three years, will automatically be placed in a French level according to their grades. French placement results will be available on the Dawson website prior to registration.

For further details on placement tests, please refer to:

How do I get an I.D. card?

Click on the link below for information about obtaining a new I.D. card. or validating an already existing I.D. card.

Dawson ID Card

When do classes begin?

The date classes begin differs from one year to the next. Please refer to the Academic Calendar (course change, course withdrawal, admission deadlines etc.) in our timetable or online.

When do classes end?

Ending dates vary and some courses have final exams. Please refer to the Academic Calendar in our timetable or online.

Who is the teacher?

Unless indicated on your schedule, you will have to wait until your first class to find out the name of your teacher.

Can I buy my books in advance?

If the textbook is indicated in the course description, you may purchase the book in advance from the College bookstore located on the Metro level. Otherwise you must wait until the first class to find out which book to purchase.

How do I get help if I have a problem registering?

If you are having difficulty with your online registration, please fill out a REGISTRATION HELP FORM found in the MyDawson Portal, under “My College Services/Continuing Education Registration Help Form”. An operator or adviser will contact you as soon as possible and no later than two working days after your request is submitted.

Begins Monday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m. and ends Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:30 p.m.

Last Modified: November 6, 2020