WARNING : A redesigning the program is under way. The final term of admission for this certificate is summer 2022.



  • Hold presently or be in the process of obtaining a 2-3 year post-secondary studies attestation / diploma (equivalent to a college diploma - DEC) in computer science
  • OR hold presently or be in the process of obtaining a one-year post-secondary attestation / diploma (equivalent to an attestation of collegiate studies - AEC) in computer science AND possess relevant experience of at least 2 years

Training must meet:

                    See details below


  • When considering application requests, Polytechnique may require that candidates whose training does not meet the requirements of this course take CR010. The latter course is offered in the Autumn and Winter semesters in intensive mode. Further, it must be successfully completed in the first term of registration and cannot be used to accumulate credits in the program. 
  • Program offered on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • Regular certificate courses are offered online, in English, in the evenings.
  • Program’s academic path structure must be respected.
  • Equivalence may be possible for a required or optional course only if:
    • the course corresponds to the objectives, content, academic level, and number of credits of a course in the certificate program - no equivalence is granted for a college-level courses or intensive tailored training offered by a company
    • the course was completed prior to admission to the certificate program, but more than 6 years have not elapsed since the course in question was completed
    • maximum: half of certificate credits
      • fees apply for studies completed outside Canada
  • Exemption may be possible for a required or optional course only if:
    • your experience or training permits you to be exempt from a course
    • maximum course credits possible: 6 credits per certificate
  • Total possible equivalence and/or exemption credits: half of certificate credits.
  • Non-program courses: a maximum of 6 credits per certificate, non-program courses's credits are not counted toward the certificate requirement; however, no non-program courses will be accepted after the successful completion of the 30 credits required for the certificate program.
  • Once certificate program graduation requirements are met, the student cannot continue their program.
  • Certificate to obtain a B.Sc. (bac par cumul).
  • Certificate to obtain a B.Sc. in Cybersecurity (bac par cumul).


  • Birth certificate with both parents’ first and last names indicated.
  • According to legal status in Canada, additional documents attesting to status in Canada may be requested
  • Original or certified true copies of transcripts and diplomas (or certificates) obtained as a:
    • specialized technician (DTS / BTS - bac + 2)
    • senior technician (DTS - bac + 2)
    • holder of a general university studies diploma (DEUG - bac + 2)
    • holder of a technical university diploma (DUT - bac + 3)
    • diploma(s) from all other equivalent training
  • Note that a comparative evaluation of studies completed outside Quebec issued by Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion is not a substitute for a transcript and/or diploma.
  • Curriculum vitae – this may be especially relevant should you be returning to studies after an absence, or in the event that you have professional experience in the desired field ; mandatory for holders of a one-year post-secondary.
  • Required documents should be sent to one of the following addresses: Required Documents
  • No French language test is required upon admission to the certificate.
  • Language requirements apply only upon graduation, in view to obtain the 'bac par cumul' via three certificates, in accordance with Règlement 14 sur la maîtrise du français.