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  • Explanation of the AEC

In Quebec, there are different types of programs that can meet your training needs. Among these, the Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) can be an interesting avenue.

We suggest you read the following to demystify what an AEC is. You will also be able to better understand the differences between the Attestation of College Studies and the Diploma of College Studies (DEC).

 Shorter than the DEC, the AEC can allow you to acquire qualifications and obtain your diploma in the space of a few months. It allows you to meet more specific needs that you may have, for example in terms of availability. In College, an AEC program lasts 24 months, sometimes including the summer session. The teaching remains high level and avant-garde.

The AEC is valid for everyone provided you have at least a secondary tertiary level, Also, the elderly and those who have dropped out of school and want to immigrate through a study visa, choose the AEC study program.

What is the AEC !.. and do I get permanent residence with it ⁉️

Attestation of études collegiales = AEC.

Anyone with a tertiary level or above can study AEC. To study AEC in Quebec you must apply for a CAQ (University Level).

The AEC is also good, and you can see it as (Des cours de perfectionnement) in a particular field. For example, you have a diploma in automated media and need formation in the field of sécurité informatique. You can study AEC in Cyber ​​sécurité. This is an example only, and you do not necessarily have a diploma to be able to study in AEC.

The important question: Do you get permanent residency with it !..

Yes, you can obtain permanent residence through the PEQ Travailleur immigration program. on condition:

  1. The duration of the AEC study should be about two years in order to obtain a 3-year study residency. (The same condition exists in DEP).
  2. 2To work for two years in a job where your CNP is at 0, A or B (in DEP, you need a year and a half of work).
  3. Work temps plein = at least 30 hours per week
  4. 3You have passed the B2 French language test (the language requirement is not required in the DEP).

What is the difference between an AEC and a DEC?

Here are a few characteristics that will help you compare the Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) and the Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC):
  1. issued by the educational institution.
  2. Intensive and prepares for the job market.
  3. Focused on specialization courses in the targeted field.
  4. Spread over a period that varies between 3 and 24 months, depending on the program.
  1. issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and allowing access, depending on the program, to professional orders in Quebec.
  2. Spread over a period of 3 years and for the pre-university program, over 2 years.
  3. Composed of general education courses (French, philosophy, English and physical education).


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