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Register in Courses

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

View Red Deer Polytechnic's Timetable of courses, labs and seminars.

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 Red Deer Polytechnic's web registration system, including how to register, waitlist and drop courses, current students can log into the TheLoop and look at the Registration section. 

Continuing Student Registration

You are a continuing student if:

  • You are registered in the current academic year and will continue in the same RDP program for the next academic year
  • You are registered in the current academic year and you are admitted to a new Red Deer Polytechnic 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 RDP's Academic Schedule.

New Student Registration

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

To identify which date new students can begin registering for courses, refer to RDP'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 Red Deer Polytechnic.

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 RDP Apprenticeship Registration line at at 403.342.3100 or 1.888.475.1101. Additional information regarding apprenticeship programs can be found at

How to Change Your Program of Study or Major

If you are a current Red Deer Polytechnic student and want to change your program for the following term or year, you can submit a Change of Program Application online through your RDP Loop account.

If you have any questions, you may contact Red Deer Polytechnic'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).

Dropping and Course Withdrawal

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.

 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 RDP 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 Red Deer Polytechnic on an audit basis, a student must:

  • Apply and be admitted to Red Deer Polytechnic.
  • 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, Students' Association, Material or Special Fees, and International Student Tuition differential if applicable. Tuition and service fees will be assessed at 50 per cent of the regular rate for the course.

Students are allowed to attend and participate in class activities but are not evaluated on their class participation or assignments they elect to complete. 

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.


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

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