Continuing Education Policies and Procedures

Admission, Registration, and Fees

Admission to all publicly offered Adult, Corporate Education, and Continuing Education programs is open to adults 18 years and older on a first-come, space-available basis unless special admission requirements must be met. Payment of registration fees and any additional fees must also be made prior to attending class. See the college’s noncredit course schedule for current registration fees.  All high school students who participate in concurrent enrollment must be at least 16 years old. There are no exceptions.


Course fees are noted with each course listing. Payment of these course fees is required before the first class session. Some courses have additional charges for supplies, insurance, or other essentialexpenses, which are also noted along with the course descriptions. In most courses, students are responsible for purchasing any special materials required for the class. No registration is complete without the payment of all applicable fees or receipt of official authorization for payment from the registrant's employer. Methods of payment include:

  • Fax – credit card only (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover)
  • Onsite* – check, money order, or credit card

*Cash can only be accepted by the cashier 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the Cashier's Window in the White Building, Main Campus. Please be aware that Durham Tech verifies checks and credit cards to ensure that accounts are active and in good standing.

College access, parking, and security fee (CAPS Fee) is $4 per class for a maximum of $12 per semester.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

Durham Technical Community College is authorized to award continuing education units (CEU) for the successful completion of noncredit Occupational Extension/Continuing Education courses. One CEU is defined as “10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education program under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.” The number of CEUs awarded for a course is recorded on the Continuing Education transcript and on the certificate of completion. The CEU is widely accepted as a recognized standard of professional development.

Course Refunds

If a Continuing Education course is cancelled, a complete refund is made automatically. Refunds are otherwise subject to the current policy and procedures in effect at the time of registration and consistent with state law. The Continuing Education refund policy is available at all registration sites, is published in the noncredit course schedule, and is outlined below.

Course Repeats

North Carolina legislation states that community colleges may permit a student to repeat a course more than once within a five-year period if the course repetition is required by standards governing the certificate or licensing program in which the student is enrolled. The policy applies to Occupational Extension courses ONLY.

State regulations require that students, including senior citizens, who take the same job-related course more than twice during a five-year period pay additional charges for the course unless they are required to repeat the course for certification or license renewal.

Self-Support Courses

Some courses are offered by the college on a self-support basis, which means they are not conducted with state funding. The fees for these courses vary. Registration fee exemptions do not apply to self-support courses.

Course Cancellations and Refund Policy for Noncredit Courses

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Refunds for registration fees for noncredit courses are subject to the following requirements:

  1. If a course is cancelled, a complete refund is issued automatically within four to six weeks. A 100 percent refund of occupational extension registration fees is issued upon the request of the student if the student officially withdraws in writing from a course prior to the first class meeting.
  2. A 75 percent refund of occupational extension registration fees is issued a refund prior to the 10 percent point in the course. For courses with 10 or fewer class meetings, refund requests must be submitted to the college no later than the first class meeting. No partial refunds are given for courses with one class meeting.
  3. No refund is issued after the 10 percent point of the class.
  4. Student fees, including administrative, supplies, or insurance fees, are not refunded unless the college cancels the class for which the fee is collected. Fees for specific instructional materials collected at registration are refunded unless the student receives the materials.

Please note: Refund forms are available online and at all Durham Tech locations. The college refunds only by check to students regardless of the payment option used. The tuition refund check is mailed to the student's address on record at the college.

Registration Procedures

Registration is open to high school graduates and adults who are at least 18 years old. You may register any time before the course begins in one of the following ways:

  • In person at the Corporate Education Center on Durham Tech's Main Campus located on Lawson Street (easily accessible from the Briggs Avenue exit of the Durham Freeway) or fax your registration to 919-536-7277;
  • At Durham Tech's Corporate Education and Small Business Center, located on the third floor of the SOUTHBank Building (SBB) at 400 West Main Street, Mondays – Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., or fax your registration to 919-536-7291;
  • At the Northern Durham Center (NDC) located at 2401 Snow Hill Road or fax your registration to 919-536-7280;
  • At the Orange County Campus (OCC) located at 525 College Park Drive in Hillsborough or fax your registration to 919-536-7297.
  • By fax and paying by credit card (use registration form and allow several days for processing). Please be aware that no receipts or confirmations are issued for mailed or faxed registrations; or
  • By mail (use registration form and allow several days for processing).

Please read below before completing the Continuing Education registration form. Mail or fax registration before the starting date of the course(s). Allow several days for processing.

  1. Mail or fax the registration form to register for Continuing Education and Small Business Center courses. You may begin registering for Continuing Education courses upon viewing the Noncredit Schedule and continue until before the first class meeting or until the class is full.
  2. To register, you must be at least 18 years old and/or a high school graduate, unless an exemption is permitted by law.
  3. If a class is cancelled because of low enrollment, a complete refund is made. For additional refund information, see "Course Cancellations and Refund Policy for Noncredit Courses." Please note: Classes which have not met minimum enrollment three days prior to the start date may be cancelled.
  4. Durham Tech reserves the right to cancel courses, change meeting places, or make other necessary and appropriate changes to the Noncredit Schedule.

Disability Services

Students who require academic accommodation s due to any physical, psychological, or learning disability are encouraged to request assistance from a disability services counselor within the first two weeks of class. Likewise, students who potentially require emergency medical attention due to any chronic health condition are encouraged to disclose this information to a disability services counselor within the first two weeks of class. Counselors can be contacted by calling 919-536-7207, ext. 1413 or by visiting the Student Development Office in the Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center, room 1209.