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In Canada there are different types of diplomas and courses, and in Quebec this variation is even greater. We work with language courses that do not have prerequisites and with technical courses AEC, DEC and DEP  which has the prerequisite of having completed high school and advanced knowledge in the chosen language, which can be done by any age.

the definition of  each one:  

DEC  abbreviation for " Diplôme d'études collégiales"  (French)

The duration varies from  2-3 years, and there are two variations in this category:

1-  Pre-university Programs: This two-year course prepares students for university. 

Ideal for: students who do not yet have an academic background and who would like to prepare for college. 

2- Technical training programs:  lasting for  three years, this program allows the student to work as soon as he finishes the course. 

Ideal for: students who do not yet have an academic background and who would like to learn about an area of study or already work with it after the course.


AEC   abbreviation for "A ttestation d'études collégiales"  (French)

Duration ranges from: 4 months to 2 years

It is a program that is more focused on the labor market, like a graduate program in Brazil, but there is no need to have a degree as a prerequisite.

They are generally more flexible than DEC courses and have more course options.


Ideal for students who already have an academic background and wish to specialize in a specific area.



DEP  abbreviation for  "diploma of vocational studies"  (French)

The duration varies from: 600 to 1800 hours , around a year to a year and a half.

This category of technical course is designed to prepare the student for the job market in a short period of time. Therefore, the course is very condensed and professional.

Ideal for: students who want to have a profession and enter the job market as soon as they finish the course.  



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The advantages of taking a technical course  (DEC/AEC/DEP) instead of a college is to be:


  • Easier to be admitted

  • faster than  to graduate  

  • faster than  enter the labor market

  • More economical

  • Recognized across Canada

  • Prestigious  worldwide

Since June 2014, a  new Canadian government law went into effect and language courses no longer allow work permits. Only full-time technical or vocational courses that are part of the government program allow the student to have a work permit.


That's why we believe that technical courses are a great option to start a life in Canadian lands, open doors to enter the labor market, immigration and add the professional part to live anywhere in the world. 

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