RAC makes it possible to receive academic credits for skills and knowledge gained through training, life, or workplace experience.
RAC provides people with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned through workplace or life experiences. At the cégep level, RAC is open to people who have not had the opportunity to complete a college education.
RAC allows you to:
If you believe you have skills and knowledge comparable to those listed in a college level program, assess your skills and knowledge against the competencies of the program. A competency is a set of skills, knowledge and behaviour that enables an individual to perform a specific role or function.
Once you have completed your self assessment, The College reviews your file and analyzes all your documents. If your learning is considered sufficient, your application for RAC is accepted and you are contacted by a RAC counsellor.
Cégep Heritage College offers RAC services for both DEC (Diplôme d’études collégiales) and AEC (Attestation d’études collégiales) programs:
It is possible to receive RAC for some competencies and then pursue the remaining competencies through further training.
To receive a diploma (DEC) or attestation (AEC) you will need to acquire all the competencies listed in the program. A DEC also requires successful completion of an English Exit Exam.
Note: Cégep Heritage College may consider offering RAC for other programs and general education courses on a per case basis.
Your application is to be completed through a secure online system or in person, as applicable.
RAC requires you to provide evidence of your skills and knowledge for each program competency. Evidence can be presented in many forms: certificates, job description, employer letter, video, etc.
Depending on your particular situation, the entire RAC process may take anywhere between 6 months and 3 years to complete.