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Register in Courses

Register in coursesOnce you have applied to attend RDC and are admitted into a program, the next step in your journey to begin your time as a student at the College is to register in courses. 

View RDC's Timetable of courses, labs and seminars.

You may also require information or have questions about:

Registration in Certificate, Diploma or University Transfer Programs

In some programs, registration in courses may be automatically completed by the Office of the Registrar.  In other programs, you may need to take an active role in course planning and registering yourself in courses.

You must register for courses online. To learn more about RDC's web registration system, including various web resources, current students can log into the TheLoop and look at the Registration section. You can also visit our webpage that outlines how you can prepare for being an RDC student. 

Please also review additional details about Registration Information and Communication Testing.

Continuing Student Registration

You are a continuing student if:

  • You are registered in the current academic year and will continue in the same RDC program for the next academic year
  • You are registered in the current academic year and you are admitted to a new RDC program for the next academic year

Continuing Student Registration for the next academic year generally begins in mid-March. For the exact dates, refer to the important dates identified in RDC's Academic Schedule.

New Student Registration

For purposes of course registration, you are a new student if you are beginning classes at RDC for the first time, or if you have previously attended RDC but have not taken any classes within the last academic year.

To identify which date new students can begin registering for courses, refer to RDC's Academic Schedule.

Apprenticeship and Trades Student Registration

Apprentice students who have completed a contract with their employer and have received their blue Alberta Apprentice Identification card are able to register in courses at RDC.

The first day of registration for Apprentice students, as well as the schedule of training dates, are set by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Division. To register in Apprenticeship courses, students can log on to your MyTradesecrets accountcall 403.342.3100 (toll-free: 1.888.475.1101) or visit the Office of the Registrar. 

Full tuition payment is due at the time of registration into the course.

For more information on these programs, contact the RDC Apprenticeship Registration line at at 403.342.3100 or 1.888.475.1101. Additional information regarding apprenticeship programs can be found at

Tuition and Fees for Domestic Students are as follows:

  * Per Billing Credit
Tuition $110.50
Students' Association (SA) Fee $5.75
Service Fee $10.00
TOTAL** $126.25





Additional Fees Per Term as follows:

Activity and Wellness Fee $22.00
SA Health and Dental Plan Fee (full-time students)*** $71.00

View more details about RDC's program cost estimates for domestic students. We also have information about tuition and fees for International Students. 

*For a listing of billing credits by course, please see the Program and Course Guide.
**Additional Course and Materials Fees may apply, based on course.
***Students with comparable healthcare coverage (e.g. through employer or parents) are eligible to waive this fee.

Learn more about options at RDC for funding, as well as available scholarships and awards.

How to Change Your Program of Study or Major

If you are a current RDC student and want to change your program for the following term or year, you can submit a Change of Program Application online through your RDC Loop account or submit a Change of Program or Major Form in person at the Office of the Registrar.

If you have any questions, you may contact Red Deer College's Office of the Registrar by admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) or call 403.342.3400 (toll-free 1.888.732.4630).

Adding and Dropping Courses

Courses may be added or dropped from your student schedule on or before the last day to add/drop classes. Refer to the Academic Schedule for this date for each term. There are some courses that may have non-standard drop dates. Check your course outline given out at the first class or contact your program Chairperson or Associate Dean for more information.

You may request a refund from the Cashiers’ Office. Refunds will be processed back to the original form of payment. The processing of refunds does not start until after the last day of the drop period. It may take up to two weeks to process your refund.

Implications When You Drop Courses

Before dropping from a course, consider the following implications:  

  • Will this affect your funding?
  • Will this affect your full-time or part-time status?
  • Will this affect your eligibility to graduate?
  • Will this affect your eligibility to transfer to another institution?
  • When will the course be offered again if you want to retake it?

If you are unsure of the implications, contact an Academic Advisor.

How to Add or Drop a Course

You may also add or drop courses through your personal student web account. Refer to the Web Registration Instructions for details on how to do this.

 If you miss the deadline to drop a course, you are still eligible to withdraw from the course until a certain date.  

Questions? Please contact an Academic Advisor.

Auditing Courses

Individuals can audit a course at RDC allowing them to explore the subject matter. To audit a course means that you register for a course but that you are not graded and that you do not receive credit for that course. 

To enrol in a course at RDC on an audit basis, a student must:

  • Apply and be admitted to Red Deer College.
  • Complete a course registration form indicating "audit" in the comments section.
  • Request instructor responsible for the course to provide a signature on the form.
  • Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar no sooner than the last two days to register in classes as indicated in the Academic Schedule.

Students enrolling to audit courses must pay the application fee and will be charged 50 per cent of all tuition and fees assessed for that course, including Students' Association, Material or Special Fees and International Student differential.

Students will not receive a refund of any fees once registered as an audit.

Students who are 65 years of age or older can audit courses without paying the tuition portion of the audit fee.

Waitlisting in Courses

For Course Waitlist Instructions, current students can log into the TheLoop and look at the Registration section or visit our webpage that outlines how you can prepare for being an RDC student. 

Withdrawing from Courses

For instructions on how to withdraw from an RDC course, after an add/drop course deadline has passed, current students can log into the TheLoop and look at the Registration section. You may also visit our webpage that outlines how you can prepare for being an RDC student. 


If you have any questions, you may contact Red Deer College's Office of the Registrar by admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) or call 403.342.3400 (toll-free 1.888.732.4630).

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Contact Us

RDC Main Campus 
Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

RDC Main Campus Location
100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5