Pathway ProgramsCentre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM)


Your Pathway to CanadaCentre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM)

The Montreal School Service Center offers educational services to kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools, as well as specialized schools for students with disabilities, adaptation or learning difficulties (EHDAA), adult education centers (FGA), and vocational training schools (FP).

Some figures about CSSDM
  • More than 111,000 students spread across 186 establishments:
    • 121 regular elementary schools + 5 elementary EHDAA schools
    • 24 regular secondary schools + 6 secondary EHDAA schools
    • 3 regular elementary and secondary schools + 3 elementary and secondary EHDAA schools
    • 9 vocational training (FP) schools
    • 15 General Adult Education (FGA) centers • Provides services to more than 5,600 newly arrived students in the country. • Over 12,700 students are enrolled in vocational training. • The CSSDM has nearly 18,000 regular and non-regular employees, making it one of the main employers in the metropolitan region.

Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM)Other information

Start dates
Depends on the program, please contact our University Pathway department.
Application Deadline
Rolling Admission
Language Requirement
BLI French level 8 + Entrance test
If you need accommodation during the time you are taking your program please contact our housing department.
Program offered in
Technical Programs

Develop the skills needed to succeed in business including problem solving, information retention and time management. Students will also learn how to use software and harness the capabilities of aging technologies and advanced technology operating systems, leveraging application software capabilities, creating and operating a database, exploit the possibilities of telecommunication means. Develop skills related to workplace communication and customer service such as: interacting in various professional situations, communicating in English, providing information customer support from a call center. Finally, develop the skills needed to perform tasks on standalone or networked computer workstations: analyze the architecture and operation of computer systems, develop a utility program, install the physical and logical elements of a computer station, manage the access to the resources of a network, put in place the shareable resources of a network, restore the functioning of a computer station, optimize the performance of a computer station.


The mechanics of construction machinery program is designed to train students to be able to carry out preventive and corrective mechanical work, to check construction equipment in order to identify problems of operation, to investigate the cause and locate the source, perform repairs, replacements and adjustments, and perform operational tests.


Gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to check, repair and adjust all parts of two- and four-stroke engines on lawnmowers, snowmobiles, snowblowers, chainsaws, garden tractors, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, outboard motors, golf carts, etc., check and repair ignition systems, various parts of the fuel system, lubrication and cooling systems, provide service and the maintenance of light vehicles.


The mechanics program for heavy-duty road vehicles is designed to qualify students to practice the profession of mechanic and mechanic of heavy road vehicles. Apprenticeships are carried out in the workshop on mechanical and electrical components, as well as on conventional and ordered systems of heavy road vehicles.

Mechanics are called upon to carry out preventive and corrective mechanical work, to check vehicles in order to identify operational problems, to investigate the cause and to locate the source, to carry out repairs, replacements and adjustments and to carry out functional tests.


Carry out preventive and corrective mechanical work, check vehicles to identify operational problems, investigate the cause and locate the source; perform repairs, replacements and adjustments to the various vehicle systems, perform operational tests, install optional accessories and equipment, and enforce laws and regulations relating to health and safety and the protection of the environment.


To acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out preparatory welding-assembly work, to carry out assembly and welding projects for basic elements, structural elements, industrial assembly projects and metal structures with different welding processes, read industrial plans and interpret specifications as well as welding procedures.


Develop the basic skills necessary to perform the tasks of the trade, that is to say: to prevent health and safety risks, to solve mathematical problems related to machining on machine tools Conventional and CNC-controlled machine tools, interpret technical drawings, make sketches of readings and measurements, develop special machining skills on conventional machine tools by performing workshop, turning, milling and machining of simple parts, complex parts and mass production; develop the skills required for manual programming and machining of single workpieces at the lathe and numerically controlled machining center.


Acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to collect topographic data using standard surveying instruments (total station, theodolite, level, etc.), specify and transform, by mathematics, this technical information, translate graphically, in the form of topographic and drawing drawings, on a drawing board or computer, the readings.


To acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to install, maintain, repair, troubleshoot and modify mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrohydraulic and electropneumatic systems, assisted by computers or PLCs, to participate in assembly of the equipment of a production line or the start-up of a factory, understand elements of electronics, welding, piping, machining, vibration analysis, automation, work with equipment or systems such as pumps, presses, fans, drives and speed reducers, conveyors, compactors, compressors, electric motors, handling and industrial production machinery.

Health Care Programs
Beauty Care Programs
AESTHETICS | DEP | 1305 hours

The Aesthetic vocational program aims to train beauticians and beauticians.

In the performance of their duties, beauticians and aestheticians provide aesthetic care to different clienteles, using techniques that require the use of specialized products and devices, in order to improve and maintain the appearance of the person, while providing physical and psychological well-being.

Before carrying out the care, he or she carries out a collection of information from the client. He or she conducts an examination of the skin, nails and hair, as appropriate.

The beautician or beautician performs basic or specific beauty treatments on the face, neck, décolleté, back, hands and feet. He or she carries out a makeup according to the occasion and carries out the hair removal of different areas of the body using specialized products.

In addition, he or she provides consulting services and sells care, cosmetics and personalized services. He or she plans and organizes his / her work, carries out reception activities, follows up with clients, performs administrative activities and maintains workplaces and equipment. She or he must also ensure his improvement.

HAIR REMOVAL | AVS | 540 hours

The Professional Hair Removal program prepares you for the practice of Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal Technician. This profession is practiced in hair removal clinics, beauty salons. They may also be self-employed or self-employed.

In the exercise of their duties, the hair removal specialists inform clients about the various procedures for hair removal and remove hair from the face, neck or body. Their job is to improve the physical appearance, to alleviate a hair problem that can sometimes be related to a hereditary factor or an imbalance of the endocrine system or to relieve the person of a physical discomfort, and while providing a good -being both physical and psychological.

The hair removal specialist evaluates whether the client is able to receive hair removal treatment, informs them of the frequency, duration and results of this treatment, and gives them some advice. He or she carries out receiving activities, sells products and services, and performs day-to-day management and maintenance of the premises and equipment.

Administrative Programs
SECRETARY | DVS | 1485 hours

This curriculum prepares a student for the secretary profression. In the performance of their duties, the secretaries perform the day-to-day work and autonomously carry out administrative tasks to assist managers and professionals. Their responsibilities vary according to the type and size of the company. They are resource persons in their workplace and act as liaisons between the different departments of the company.

Secretarial tasks include entering text and data into the computer, writing documents and designing presentations, tables, graphs and sample documents, with or without indications. In addition, secretaries can edit and format documents and translate texts. They may correct the texts, layout, link and distribute the documents. The secretarial staff must also ensure the quality of the documents produced, at all times, by checking the spelling, the syntax and the application of the grammatical rules.

In addition to producing quality documents, secretarial staff perform the following tasks: responding to customers; following up on correspondence, organizing meetings and events of varying sizes; document management including opening, classifying and maintaining traditional and computerized records and records; providing technical support from time to time for the use of equipment and the integration of new staff; maintain agendas by setting and confirming appointments; contribute to the management of the material resources of the office; carry out accounting operations such as bookkeeping, bank deposits, accounts receivable and accounts receivable tracking and update


The AVS program, Secretarial Studies-Legal, is designed to train students to exercise the occupation of legal secretary. The principal functions of a legal secretary are to prepare the documents required by lawyers, notaries or other persons in the legal field in their professional activities. Also, legal secretaries often act as assistants to their superiors. They are also called upon to carry out general secretarial tasks which are covered in the program leading to a DVS (Diploma of Vocational Studies) in Secretarial Studies.

Most legal secretaries work for law firms or notaries, while others work for the legal departments of large companies, for municipalities, for the federal or provincial government or for trustees or bailiffs.

Legal secretaries must be very productive and able to work under pressure, given the importance of time limits and the urgency of certain files. As legal secretaries are often in contact with clients, they must be very good at communicating and establishing interpersonal relationships. As assistants, they are required to observe professional ethics, especially in their general conduct and regarding confidentiality.

The AVS program, Secretarial Studies-Legal, helps students develop the skills required to exercise the occupation and to master the competencies needed in the workplace in a legal environment. This training takes into account all the competencies included in the DVS in Secretarial Studies.


To develop the skills necessary for the transcription and production of medical documents containing general terms of human biology, using general medical terminology and that relating to cellular activity, human body functions, movement and nervous system, and produce medical documents. Develop the skills needed to communicate and interact in the workplace. Develop the necessary skills to welcome users and prepare and update their files. Develop the skills needed to manage medical supplies and accounting transactions related to medical procedures.

Design Programs
JEWELRY | DEP | 1800 hours

To acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to design, make and repair different jewelry using techniques such as welding and brazing, mold making and crimping. Also learn to evaluate jewelry, make tools and sales techniques.


Develop the skills necessary to determine the information to be included in the drawings, ie: to solve problems in industrial design, to measure and interpret measurements and to determine tolerances; develop skills essential to the understanding of mechanical manufacturing such as: to interpret technical information concerning materials and manufacturing processes, to represent connecting elements, transmission devices and the arrangement and movement of parts of a mechanism ; develop skills in interpreting, creating, correcting drawings to produce sketches, using appropriate software and a computer workstation, producing detailed drawings of parts, mechanical systems, a mechanism, a machine frame, overall drawings, development drawings and industrial piping diagrams and circuits, modeling a three-dimensional object and designing a simple technical object ; to develop the skills necessary for active collaboration within multidisciplinary teams and the skills needed for seamless integration into the school and workplace.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Have a High School diploma
  • Have successfully completed BLI French level 8
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • A copy of a valid passport
  • A copy of your birth certificate in English or French, notarized and translated
  • A copy of your Hight school diploma and transcript in English or French, notarized and translated
  • A copy of your CAQ
  • A copy of your study permit
  • Proof of French level (Official exam)
  • Proof of financial capacity
  • Letter of motivation
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