Anyone wishing to take certain professional or personal development courses may do so at their own expense, regardless of place of residence. These courses are non-credited. This is the case, for example, for the course Du français sans fautes.
Yes, if you are enrolled in a Québec school board, they have exactly the same value as courses taken in an adult education centre.
Yes. To obtain the credits for courses that lead to a Secondary School Diploma you must sit for a supervised examination approved by the Ministère. Once you have passed the exam, you will receive a transcript from the Ministère.
For popular education courses, you will receive an attestation of studies from the school board.
The answer is yes for those courses that lead to a Secondary School Diploma. These courses are recognized in the same way as courses taken in adult education centres or secondary schools in Québec.
In adult general education, all compulsory courses (from Secondary I to V) and a wide selection of optional courses leading to a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) are available through distance education in the school boards.
Courses in the Administration, Commerce and Computer Technology sector, as well as certain professional development courses are also available through certain school boards.
Not all courses are offered by every school board. In order to know exactly which courses are available at which adult education centre, you must contact a school board.
Note that some school boards may also offer courses other than those on the SOFAD course list. You must contact the school board in question to find out about registration procedures.
The school boards' adult education centres provide consultation services (e.g. information and referral, counselling). Counsellors in these centres can assess your situation, evaluate your prior learning and identify your educational needs.
Yes. Nearly 200 education centres offer vocational education programs. You will find the list of school boards that offer vocational education and professional development courses by clicking here..
Yes. For example, if you are missing a secondary-level course that is a prerequisite to a course you wish to take in CEGEP or university, you may take this course through distance education.
In fact, any person who wishes to take any course may do so by paying the required fees, even if he or she has already passed this course in secondary school. No examination may be taken a second time.
In general, you can register at any time during the year. Services may, however, be interrupted for a few weeks during the summer. Contact the school board of your choice to find out about registration dates.
By calling a school board, you may consult a counsellor who will help you establish a study plan.
You may also have to do certain placement tests to determine exactly which French, English, Social Sciences or Science and Technology courses you should take to obtain a Secondary School Diploma (SSD).
In general, you will have up to eight months to complete your courses. This depends on the school board’s education centres and the courses you are taking.
The amount of time you will need to complete a course depends on the number of course credits involved and your own personal work pace. You will agree on a study plan with your instructor or tutor.
Québec school boards are in charge of registration and all matters related to instruction. There are four adult education centres that offer English distance education courses in Québec. Contact the centre directly in order to find out which courses it offers and the procedure for registering.
You may contact the instructor or tutor assigned to you. The school board will inform you of the procedure for getting in touch with you him or her.
For courses leading to a Secondary School Diploma, once you have successfully completed the assignments, you must sit for a supervised exam in an adult education centre.
However, if you wish to take a course for your own personal interest or for professional development purposes and you do not need to earn secondary-level credits, you do not need to sit for the supervised exam.
Yes. Once you have earned all of the required secondary school credits, you will receive a Secondary School Diploma from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
The time frame can vary considerably, depending on the number of courses to be taken and your own work pace.
Yes, there are registration fees. In certain cases, fees are also charged for a placement test or an assessment of your academic records. Moreover, you will be required to purchase additional materials for some courses (e.g. science and technology).
Costs may vary and are set by the school board offering distance education courses. You should contact a school board to find out the cost of the courses that are of interest to you.
You are eligible for financial assistance under the Ministère's Loans and Bursaries Program only if you are enrolled in vocational training.
In general, you must be studying full time; your status as a full-time student is determined by the rules in force in your educational institution.
If you are a part-time student, in certain circumstances, you may be "deemed to be pursuing full-time studies" and consequently be eligible under the Loans and Bursaries Program.
If you are a part-time student, and only if you are enrolled in vocational training, you may be eligible for financial assistance under the Loans Program for Part-time Studies.
Yes. You can decide to take some courses through distance education and others in a school.
Yes, you can do so in different ways.
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Only institutions with a customer account may use the carrier services of SOCADIS. The delivery charges are based on the total amount of the invoice before taxes. The minimum delivery fee in Quebec is $8.00 or 1.6% of the total amount, before taxes. These rates differ by province.
Delivery periods are from 24 to 48 hours for schools and from 5 to 7 business days for individuals.
The SOFAD policy on returns is as follows:
Claims regarding incomplete or incorrect deliveries (wrong items or quantities) must be submitted to our customer service department within 10 days of the delivery date, with proof of purchase. Any learning guides returned to us must be in perfect condition for resale and free of labels or stickers.
Claims for exchanges of defective or damaged articles must be communicated in writing to our customer service department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SOFAD will not accept claims or returns for any other reasons than those mentioned above.
Sales of digital products are final. No refunds or exchanges will be accepted.