Advising, Registration, and Placement


Academic advising is an interactive process which connects students with a knowledgeable faculty or staff member who can help them make informed educational decisions. Students who have received effective academic advising will understand the courses required to complete a degree, develop a personal plan to be successful in these courses, and be prepared to register for courses appropriate to their skill levels and educational goals. New students learn about the advising process prior to registration at a ConnectSession (student orientation). Returning admitted students will connect with their assigned program academic advisor. Visiting students are advised during general registration in the Admissions and Advising Services office. All students are required to meet with an advisor in order to have their individualized academic plan approved prior to registration. Detailed instructions are provided in the advising procedure. More information can be found in the Advising section of the website.


Semester class schedules are available on the college website. Each semester, returning admitted program students may register during priority registration using Self-Service, the Durham Tech student relationship management systems. New and visiting students will register during general registration. To register for courses, all students must meet prerequisite course requirements, have their advising hold removed by an academic advisor, and access Self-Service or WebAdvisor to register themselves. Students may pay their tuition and fees through Self-Service or in person at the Cashier's office. Students receiving veteran’s educational benefits must notify the Veterans Affairs office of their intent to utilize benefits each semester prior to enrollment/registration. Detailed instructions on registration are found in the Registration section of the website.

Placement Testing

Students may meet college-level placement requirement in different ways. Most curriculum classes at Durham Tech require college-level skills in reading, writing, and math. Students may meet college-level placement based on SAT, ACT, NCDAP, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER test scores. If test scores are older than five years, students must retest unless they have been continuously enrolled in classes.

Continuous enrollment is defined as students who have registered for and attended courses (including prerequisites) creditable toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. The student must attend credit coursework in a following semester after the initial enrollment semester (attendance is required in the following fall or spring semester or following spring or fall semester). Students may also meet prerequisite course requirements by utilizing Multiple Measures as defined by the state of North Carolina.

Noncredit courses or programs offered through the Continuing Education department may be considered towards continuous enrollment if approved by a department head (or designee) of the student’s intended curriculum program.

Students who visit the testing center are asked a series of questions regarding US English as their first language. Depending on the response students may be administered the Accuplacer ESL test to determine if English as for Academic Purposes (EAP) placement is needed in EFL courses.

More information about test preparation, requesting/submitting test scores, and placement test schedules can be found in the Placement Testing section of the website.