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Short-duration programs

Cégeps also offer short programs, so called because they take 6 to 18 months to complete. Their exact length varies depending on the program and the school.

Usually, the students who choose short technical training are adults who have already acquired work experience or who have completed other training in the past. For them, the short program often consists of courses to bring up their skill level, and requires specific prerequisites.

While there are hundreds of short programs offered at cégeps, they are not always available to international students. Visit your target cégep’s website for a full list of available programs and be sure to verify your eligibility as an international student directly with the school. To see a list of all short programs offered, visit the Back to CEGEP website.

The diploma granted upon successful completion of a short program is the Attestation of Collegial Studies (ACS), also known by its French name, Attestation d’études collégiales (AEC).

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