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How to Apply

Domestic Students:

  • View our programs that are open for you to apply

  • Submit your application to Red Deer Polytechnic through Apply Alberta, the Alberta Post-Secondary Application System.



Apprenticeship Students:

  • Information about the process and criteria to become a Registered Apprentice is found on Apprenticeship and Industry Training's website then submit your application directly to Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

    • If you are already a Registered Apprentice, you can register for your technical training on your MyTradesecrets account or by calling our Apprenticeship Registration line at 403.342.3100.
    • Although non-registered apprentices may be able to attend some classes at Red Deer Polytechnic with special permission, Registered Apprentices receive priority for the seats that are available.  For more information, please contact tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.

When to Apply

Term Month Day
Fall October 1
Winter April  1
Spring August 1
Summer September 1


Application Fees

Domestic Applicants: $120 non-refundable
International Applicants: $150 non-refundable (CDN funds)

Note: The application fee is good for one academic year.

Program Admission by Term


  • The information below is for domestic applicants only.
  • The information below is accurate as of April 1, 2022. Red Deer Polytechnic reserves the right to modify the list without notice or prejudice.

View Programs for International Students

    Availability Definitions:

    • Open: Program still has seats available.
    • Waitlisted: Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
    • Closed: Program is no longer accepting applications for that term.
    • N/A: Not available this term.

    Fall Term

    September -  December 2022

    Winter Term

    January - April 2023

    Certificates (typically one year)    
    Administrative Professional Open Open
    Business Certificate  Open Open
    Early Learning and Child Care - On Campus Open Open
    Early Learning and Child Care - Distance Open Open
    Educational Assistant - On Campus Open Open
    Educational Assistant - Distance Open Open
    Health Care Aide - Drumheller N/A N/A
    Health Care Aide - Hanna N/A N/A
    Health Care Aide - Innisfail  Open N/A
    Health Care Aide - Ponoka N/A N/A
    Health Care Aide - Red Deer Open Open
    Health Care Aide - Rocky Mountain House N/A N/A
    Health Care Aide- Stettler Open Open
    Health Care Aide - Sundre N/A N/A
    Health Care Aide - Vegreville N/A N/A
    Management - On Campus N/A N/A
    Management - Distance N/A N/A
    Medical Laboratory Assistant  Waitlisted N/A
    Pre-Health Sciences - On Campus Open N/A
    Pre-Health Sciences - Distance Open N/A
    Diplomas (two years)    
    Business Administration N/A N/A
    Business Diploma Open Open
    Computer Programming N/A Open
    Early Learning and Child Care - On Campus Open Open
    Early Learning and Child Care - Distance Open Open
    Justice Studies Open N/A
    Kinesiology and Sport Studies - Fitness and Health Open N/A
    Legal Assistant Open Open
    Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant  Waitlisted N/A
    Pharmacy Technician Waitlisted N/A
    Practical Nurse - Drumheller N/A N/A
    Practical Nurse - Part Time Open N/A
    Practical Nurse - Ponoka N/A N/A
    Practical Nurse - Red Deer Waitlisted Open
    Practical Nurse - Rocky Mountain House Open N/A
    Practical Nurse - Stettler Open N/A
    Social Work Open N/A
    University Arts Open Open
    University Science Open Open
    Visual Art Open Open
    Post-diploma Certificates    
    Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate Open Open
    Degree Completion at Red Deer Polytechnic (four years)    
    Bachelor of Applied Arts - Animation and Visual Effects Open N/A
    Bachelor of Applied Arts - Film, Theatre and Live Entertainment Open N/A
    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Open Open
    Bachelor of Business Administration (see note 1 below) Open N/A
    Bachelor of Education Waitlisted N/A
    Bachelor of Education - Middle Years (see note 2 below) Open Open
    Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Open Open
    Bachelor of Science, Nursing Waitlisted N/A
    Bachelor of Science, Psychology Open Open

    University Transfer (one or two years at Red Deer Polytechnic then complete program at a University)

    Bachelor of Arts - All Majors  Open Open
    Bachelor of Commerce Open Open
    Bachelor of Education - Elementary Open Open
    Bachelor of Education - Secondary Open Open
    Bachelor of Fine Arts Open Open
    Bachelor of Kinesiology Open N/A
    Bachelor of Science - All Majors (excluding Engineering and Nursing) N/A N/A
    Bachelor of Science - Engineering Open N/A
    Other Programs    
    Academic Upgrading (see note 3 below) Open Open
    Open Studies/Unclassified Open Open



    1 - Admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration is based on successful completion of the Red Deer Polytechnic Business Administration diploma. First-year applicants should apply to Management Certificate or Business Administration diploma.

    2 - First-year students should apply to Bachelor of Education - Elementary listed under University Transfer programs. Entry to the third year is competitive.

    3 – Due to testing requirements Academic Upgrading applications for Fall 2022 must close August 25, 2022 to ensure timely processing of results.


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