Need Help Registering?

Your program determines if you need to register or it is done for you. If you are in a program where your registrations are completed for you, follow that course plan.

Course Planning

Required Courses

Not sure which courses you should be taking for your program? Use these helpful Course Planning Sheets to get started.

Requirements for all programs are in the College Calendar.

How many courses should I take?

If you are in a program where registrations are completed for you, you should take the prescribed number of classes.

If you are in an Arts, Science, Business diploma or degree program, five courses (15 credits) per semester is the traditional course load for university students--but what is right for you is your decision! if you receive funding from student loans, a sponsor, scholarship or bursary, consult with Financial Aid and Awards (or your sponsor) to find out how many courses they require you to take.

Two courses (6 credits) is usually considered part-time study, three courses (9 credits) or more is full-time study. In addition to your funding requirements, consider your work and family responsibilities and take the amount of courses that would enable you to succeed in your classes.

All university transfer courses are 3 credits each, 3 hours of lecture time (more in-class time for courses with labs and/or seminars). You should plan for 6-9 hours of homework each week for every class. Six courses are the maximum you can take without written approval from the appropriate dean or designate; this would not be recommended in your first year of study.

Planning my schedule

ClassFinder is very useful to plan your schedule. It contains course registration numbers (CRN) and allows you to create mock schedules so you can be ready when registration opens for you. If you open ClassFinder via your myOkanagan account, you will also be able to see if there is space in the class or if it is waitlisted.

Check out this helpful video on how to use ClassFinder.

Finding the prerequisites/corequisites of a course

Always read the course description for a class. They can be found in ClassFinder or in the calendar under course descriptions. See the "Course Layout and Definitions" tab for a full breakdown of course description terms.

Corequisites are courses that need to be taken together.

Prerequisites are courses that must be taken BEFORE another course is take, so it is extremely important that you check for prerequisites in a course description. Success in the course could be jeopardized if you do not possess the prerequisite and you will also risk being dropped from the course just before it starts. It is also important to look ahead to courses you wish to take in future terms and ensure you take the required prerequisite courses beforehand.

Can I get a waiver for a prerequisite or corequisite?

You can approach the professor with a Request to Waive Pre or Corequisites form and ask for their permission. Be prepared to give academic reasons why you feel you will be successful in the course without the pre or corequisite. Permission is not always granted, but if they say yes, take the completed form to the Registrar's Office or Administration Office. The answer is entirely at the professor's discretion and will be based on their faculty's practices and policies.

Ensuring my courses will transfer to my next school

Students wanting to transfer to a different school should always check the BC Transfer Guide to see if their course transfers.

Switching my campus

If you are a degree or diploma (university transfer) student, you can request to change your campus after you have attended two terms. Make sure the courses for your program are available at your intended campus and email registrations@okanagan.bc.ca with your Okanagan College ID number and “change campus” in the subject line.

Can I take courses at a different campus, even if I have not yet completed two terms?

If you are a degree or diploma (university transfer) student you can take a class if it is not offered at your home campus. You must have the prerequisite(s) for the course and the course must fit within your program area. For example, many Kelowna students take Criminology courses in Penticton.

I am ready to register, what is next?

How to register for courses in your myOkanagan account
How to get on a waitlist for a course that is full

What happens if I need to withdraw?

See the Important Dates page for the withdrawal deadlines for your program and Financial Aid and Awards (or your sponsor) to find out how it may affect your funding. Meet with an Education Advisor to find out how withdrawing might impact your academics or if you are withdrawing for medical or compassionate reasons.

Upgrading/Adult Basic Education Registration

Start taking upgrading courses

Upgrading / Adult Basic Education at Okanagan College (also known as Adult Academic and Career Preparation) is in-person, tuition free and the class environment is extremely supportive. The Adult Academic and Career Preparation (AACP) department has step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

Do I need to do the Skills Assessment before I can register?

If you have been out of high school for three years or more, or you do not have the pre-requisite course (for example, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 does not meet the requirement to take OC Math 11) we recommended that you complete the Skills Assessment to determine which Okanagan College class is the best fit for you.

BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood) Courses Needed

If you want to complete the Adult Dogwood, begin with English and Math courses and contact an Education Advisor to plan your remaining courses. There are many ways to complete the Adult Graduation Diploma, some of which may allow you to take academic or vocational programs at the college. 

How many courses should I take?

Consider your work and family responsibilities and take the amount of courses that would enable you to succeed in your classes.

Planning my Schedule

Classfinder is very useful to plan your schedule. It contains course descriptions, course registration numbers (CRN) and allows you to create mock schedules so you can be ready when registration opens for you. If you open ClassFinder via your myOkanagan account, you will also see if there is availability in the class or if it is waitlisted. Check out this helpful video on how to use Classfinder.

I am ready to register, what is next?

First check the Registration Dates for Upgrading / AACP / ABE on your campus.

Kelowna: For upgrading courses that are at the grade 11 and 12 level—you can register online (you must have the pre-requisites courses / Skills Assessment at the required grade level). All other upgrading courses must be registered by bringing a completed “Registration and Withdrawal” form to the Registrar’s Office. Check the course in ClassFinder to see if you need the instructor’s approval on your Registration and Withdrawal form.

For Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon, contact the AACP Co-ordinator for your campus, especially if you are a new student.

What happens if I need to withdraw?

Contact your course instructor and let them know you need to leave the class.