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Print-Based Programs

Print-Based Programs

Print-Based Programs (Partially offered as Print-Based)

This print-based learning experience provides a way for students to meet their educational and specific learning goals. Each course enables students the flexibility to communicate with their instructor by email, or regular mail (unless otherwise stated by the Centre for Part-Time and Online Learning).

A Print-Based / Distance Correspondence course offered through Part-Time Learning has a duration of 5 months maximum and consists of a Learner Guide that is mailed out to you OR picked up at our office at Progress Campus (prior request needed) containing mostly self-guided modules/lessons and written assignments that must be completed by the student and submitted to their instructor via e-mail or regular mail, in-person exams, and a textbook that must be purchased by the student (the textbook is not included in the course fee). Print-based distance learning enables you to work from study material that is mailed to you, in the comfort of your home.

These certificate programs or courses may be taken partially by distance correspondence (they also offer Online Learning options)

About Print-Based / Distance Correspondence Courses

Once you register

  • Upon registration, participants will receive a Registration Confirmation Letter from Enrolment Services.
  • Depending on enrolment date, you will receive an e-mail from the Centre for Part-Time and Online Learning ( with information about what to expect and when materials (print-modules) will be mailed out to you or if you must pick them up from Progress Campus (if this option is available).
  • One to two weeks prior to your course start, you will receive your Learner Guide (course modules/lessons), a Welcome Letter, and a general Student Handbook with information relevant to all Distance print-based courses/Distance Correspondence.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their textbook from the suggested source(s) in the Welcome Letter. The textbook information is in the Welcome Letter. Please read it carefully once you receive your course package, and make sure that you purchase the correct textbook.

Once you start your print-based / distance correspondence course

  • The Distance Correspondence / Print-based courses are 5 months in duration, but there are deadlines for assignments and assessments within that timeframe that must be met. Please check your Learner Guide for the due dates.
  • A course facilitator will be assigned to assist you with your assignments. Your facilitator’s contact information will be in your Welcome Letter. Email contact is preferred. Response time is between 1 to 4 business days.
  • Assignments may be e-mailed directly to your facilitator (quickest option) or mailed/brought into the Centre for Part-Time and Online Learning:

    Centre for Part-Time and Online Learning – Distance Correspondence
    Centennial College
    Progress Campus, Room C2-09,
    941 Progress Ave.
    P.O. Box 631, Station A
    Toronto, Ontario M1K 5E9

    (This office will then direct your assignment to the facilitator for marking.)
  • Follow the timelines given to you in your Welcome Letter/Course package and make sure to submit your assignments in a timely manner.

Tests/Exams for print-based / distance correspondence courses

  • Unless otherwise indicated by your course facilitator or the Centre for Part-Time and Online Learning (CPTOL). Most of these Distance Correspondence courses have in-person exams that are written at Progress Campus. Check your Welcome Letter for information. If you are still unsure, please email your course facilitator or the CPTOL ( and indicate your student number and course information.

Withdrawals for print-based / distance correspondence courses

  • Student-initiated refunds (subject to a $40 administrative fee) may be processed if you withdraw within 3 weeks of the official start date of your Distance Correspondence/Print-Based course. To withdraw from one of these courses without academic penalty (e.g., without an “F” grade), you must withdraw officially in writing by the midpoint of the course (there are no refunds for this). Please request the drop form from and hand it in before the deadline (the deadline will also be stated in your welcome letter).