Thanks to some government initiatives, in collaboration with the CEGEPs, follow a short-term training program, leading to a diploma, while receiving financial support. You could improve your skills or find a stimulating job in a field where labor needs are great!


Become an accomplished early childhood educator!

A new paid work-study program for the qualification of early childhood educators will be offered in several CEGEPs everywhere in Quebec starting in the fall of 2021.

This short-term training program (national COUD program), offered in work-study option and certified by an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC), will enable you to be paid for studying, while learning and / or improving your job skills in a part-time childcare environment.

If necessary, you will have access to training to acquire the basic skills required to obtain an AEC. Also, three skills will be recognized by a process of Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) at the end of the program so that you can quickly integrate your childcare workplace full-time.

Be part of the qualified workforce in « early childhood education » :
A simplified online registration portal for childcare workplace and applicants will be available from August 2021.

To be among the first informed during the launch, go to: https://www.travailetudespetiteenfance.ca/en/


A short-term training program could quickly lead you to your next career!

Thanks to the Information and Communication Technology Requalification and Training Program (PRATIC), you could follow qualifying training while receiving financial assistance of $ 650 per week or an increase in your current financial assistance.

More than 125 Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) offered by CEGEPs are eligible for this measure:

  • from software development to web programming;
  • from network management to cybersecurity;
  • from artificial intelligence to augmented virtual reality;
  • from automation to industrial robotics;
  • through everything related to 3D animation and modeling, game programming and design, visual effects and interactive media production;
  • and many others!

Eligibility for PRATIC is not systematic and varies depending on the training and the situation of the participant. To benefit from it, you must meet the participation criteria and consult an Employment Assistance Agent from a Service Québec Office or a Local Employment Center (CLE) in your region prior to your training at a cegep.

However, CEGEPs Continuing Education Services in your region are there to offer you winning strategies to seize training opportunities. Consult them!


Types of
Programs Available

Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC)

AEC programs are short technical training programs designed for adults. They are developed by the CEGEPs in collaboration with labour market partners to ensure they meet the needs of your current or future employer.

Approximately 350 AEC programs are offered by CEGEPs every year on either a full- or part-time basis.

Search now for the program that meets your needs.

Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC)

Diploma granted by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) for technical or pre-university studies. The programs leading to the DEC include general and program-specific training. They can be taken on either a full- or part-time basis. If you have already obtained a DEC or completed the general training courses for a program, it is possible to register in another program in order to only take the program-specific training. You can also earn a technical DEC by taking intensive sessions spread over two years instead of three.

Corporate training

Advisors and instructors from the 48 departments offering custom training will visit businesses to help employers identify their training needs and suggest solutions adapted to their specific requirements and circumstances (classroom training, on-site training, training of in-house instructors, online training, coaching, self-learning textbooks, and more.)

Training certificates are awarded by the CEGEP for workshops or custom- training programs.

NEW / PILOT PROJECT – Attestation of Technical Training (AFT)

The AFT is a new way of organizing DEC and AEC programs to recognize the qualification of individuals at different stages of training during its completion. First offered as a pilot project, its overall objective is to promote success, perseverance and graduation from technical college programs. The programs are thus subdivided in successive training segments, attesting for each of them the acquisition of certain transferable skills or skills corresponding to work functions. With the possibility of being recognized by employers, AFT more particularly aims to meet the specific skills needs of individuals, workers or companies, in addition to contributing to the increase of training and qualification in labor shortage context, to ultimately help reduce this shortage.

For the moment, an AFT offer is being developed for 5 DEC programs and 6 AEC programs across Quebec. Come back and visit us regularly to see the evolution of this training offer:

NEW - Credited Career Advancement Courses

Credited Career Advancement Courses are new training programs offered at CEGEPs to address pandemic unemployment. They are aimed at unemployed people that have already accumulated a certain professional background and that wish to enhance or update their skills in order to returning to work in the near future. This initiative, which falls under « lifelong continuous training », aims to provide individuals and workers with better tools to face the many current and future challenges of the labor market.

For the moment, an offer of Credited Career Advancement Courses is available mainly in CEGEPs in the greater Montreal area. To view this training offer: CLICK HERE (you will be redirected to a partner's site : Services Québec - Île-de-Montréal)

Information Sessions about Training Programs

Information sessions about DEC and AEC programs are organized by CEGEPs on a regular basis. Consult the calendar of events at your local CEGEP and register to have access to all the information you need for your return to school.

Training Schedules

Schedules can vary according to types of training and the CEGEPs providing it. Not only can you take courses and workshops during the day, but also in the evening and on weekends. Ask at the continuing education department of your CEGEP of choice.

Financial Support

Loans and Bursaries Program

Depending on your situation, you can receive government financial assistance with a loan or bursary to help you return to school. Ask at the student services department of the CEGEP of your choice or see Ministère l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST)'s Aide financière aux études website.

Admission Fees

DEC programs: admission fees range from $30 to $35 and cover the costs of processing the application. These fees are not refundable.

AEC programs: similar fees are charged.

Ask at the CEGEP of your choice.

Registration Fees

Full-time registration in a DEC or AEC program is free. For registration in a part-time program, fees are $2 per course hour.

Registration fees for custom-designed training courses vary according to the type of training and its duration.

Other Financial Support Measures

  • If you receive employment insurance or are on a social assistance program, you may be eligible for one of Emploi-Québec's workforce training programs. Ask an agent at your local employment centre (CLE).
  • If you are currently employed and looking to upgrade your skills, ask your employer if training support measures or programs are available.

Continuing education has options for you

Whatever your career plan or schedule, there's an option for you—on campus or at a distance.

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