Many Red River College academic programs are in the process of converting to Course-Based Registration.

Course-Based Registration is a new way of offering programs and courses to Red River College students. It allows them to customize their education to their own interests and needs by enabling them to select and self-register for their courses online.

This new model started being phased-in in fall 2019 will be completed by 2023.

Watch the course-based registration presentation from RED Forum 2019:


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Course-Based Registration balances two aims:

  1. To make education more accessible, relevant and flexible for our students — today, tomorrow and into the future.
  2. To make program delivery more effective, consistent and sustainable for Red River College.

The benefits

For students

  • Interdisciplinary courses and projects that teach students from complementary fields and disciplines how to collaborate and work together (as they would in the real world of work)
  • Increased recognition for prior learning
  • Better access to programs across the College that will allow students to satisfy their personal interests and professional requirements
  • Removal of financial barriers that will enable students to have more options to take courses part-time or pay for courses as they take them
  • Offering greater choice for students interested in upgrading or re-skilling – focusing on competencies or specific skills rather than taking an entire program
  • Better accommodation of interrupted learning: as student’s lives change, they will have greater flexibility so their pathway can change as their own personal needs change
  • Greater choice based on employer’s needs. Learners will now have more options to take necessary courses to gain a skill or competency required by their employer
  • A more robust online registration experience for students and advisors

For faculty

  • Greater flexibility for instructors interested in teaching evenings, weekends, or over the summer
  • Opportunities to help students explore multi-credentials

For Red River College

  • Common math, science and communication courses for students in complementary programs
  • Stronger alignment of roles, responsibilities, and practices
  • Greater agility in responding to changing industry and student learning needs

How CBR works

Fixed Menu / The Old Way

Students register, pay for and complete an entire program on our timeline and our terms, with little room to explore.


A la Carte Menu / The CBR Way

Under Course-Based Registration, students enrol in and pay for courses within a program at their own pace. They have the option to explore courses outside their program. (e.g., An Automotive student could also earn a Business certificate to open up his or her own shop.)

Why are we changing?

As an educational institution, we are disrupted just as much as other sectors.

Employer and student learning needs are changing. Students are looking for greater flexibility and employers are looking for graduates with both technical and power skills.

In order to create that flexibility, we need to change the design and delivery of our programming to ensure we make education as accessible and affordable as possible.

New program design

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For CBR to work, our programs must coordinate across the College. All RRC programs adopting CBR will follow these guidelines:

  • A maximum weekly student workload of 25 hours
  • 15-week semester length
  • Three semesters per year:
    • Fall (August–December)
    • Winter (January–April)
    • Spring (May–August)
  • Maximum six courses per semester
  • 45-hour course length for three-credit-hour courses
    90-hour course length for six-credit-hour courses
  • All courses will be on LEARN
  • All courses will adopt the Common Courses Framework

New and improved tools

Student Planning is a new Colleague software module that will enable students to plan, select and schedule courses, receive advising support, monitor credential progress, and register – all in one place.

New roles

Student Advisors will play a larger, more focused role helping students choose the correct courses to achieve their credentials.

October 2020: expected Student Planning implementation date for Phase 1 and 2 programs.


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Programs begin converting to course-based registration in two ways:

  1. By volunteering to convert
  2. As part of their next Program Renewal


  • Phase 1: 4 programs (complete)
  • Phase 2: 19 programs (in progress)
  • Phase 3: 25-30 programs (2021)
  • Phase 4: 20-30 programs (2022)
  • Phase 5: All remaining eligible programs (2023)
  • Completion Date: 2023

See programs in each phase ›

580+ faculty, staff and leaders are directly involved and impacted by Phase 2

950+ students are already benefiting from the transition to CBR Phase 1 and 2

NOTE: Some programs will NOT adopt CBR. Please reach out to your Chair for details.

Faculty impacts

As an RRC faculty member, you may be involved in optimizing your program for CBR in the following ways:

  • Re-designing courses
  • Adapting your teaching/classroom management style to out-of-program students
  • Using LEARN in all courses


Contact your Chair for more information, or reach out to the Course-Based Registration team at cbr@rrc.ca.