Registering for Courses

You must be a member of LIFE in the current academic year before you can register for classes. See the Membership pages for instructions on how to become a LIFE member or  renew your membership.

Unless specifically exempted on the website, registration is required for all courses, walks, or other events that you wish to attend, even for those that are free of charge. 

Registration Dates for Courses

There are four academic terms: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Registration opens several weeks before the start of each term. Exact dates will be announced as each academic term approaches.

Academic Term










Classes Occur

September - December

January – April

April - June

July - August


The Course Registration Process

Registration is spread over five days. On the week that registration opens for a term, you can register for Monday courses on that Monday, Tuesday courses on Tuesday, etc. Registration for weekend courses takes place on Fridays so that resources are available in case of questions or problems. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. most days (see the list below). At that time, the course page for that day becomes live with links to allow members to register. You need to sign in before you can register.

1.    Monday courses open for registration on Monday at 7 a.m. 

2.    Tuesday courses open for registration on Tuesday at 7 a.m.

3.    Wednesday courses open for registration on Wednesday at 7 a.m.

4.    Thursday courses open for registration on Thursday at 7 a.m.

5.    Friday courses open for registration on Friday at 7 a.m. .

6.    Weekend courses open for registration on Friday at 7 a.m..

Once a course is open for registration, new registrations are accepted until the course is full or until classes have begun. You can add your name to the waitlist for a course, in which case you will be notified if a spot becomes available.

Instructions for Registering Online

To register online, follow these steps:

  1. Have a credit card handy. You need it for registration.
  2. Sign in to the LIFE website with your username and password.
  3. From the Courses menu, select the day for your course or Summer for the Summer term.
  4. After 7 a.m., refresh your browser page. You should now see Register buttons under each course. If you do not see Register buttons, refresh the page again.
  5. Click the link below the course that you want to take.You have 10 minutes to complete your registration. Your place is reserved while you register.
  6. Select your course and click Save and Finalize. 
  7. On the Checkout page, enter your credit card information and any other missing information.
  8. If you are only registering for one course in that session, click Complete Order. 
  9. If you want to register for another course at the same time, scroll up to the Courses menu and repeat the registration process for that next course. The new course will be added to the previous course in your shopping cart. When you are finished selecting courses, click Edit Cart to see your order or Complete Order to pay.
  10. If a course is full, you can add your name to the wait list. Someone from the office will notify you if a spot becomes available. You will not be charged unless you are able to register for the course.

Registration Tips

  • Make sure that you are not registering for two courses that take place at the same time.
  • Make sure that you allow enough time to travel from one course to the next.

Registering by Mail

To register by mail, submit a separate cheque and registration form for each course. Make cheques payable to The LIFE Institute. This allows us to register you for a course if it is available and return your money if a course is full. The mailing address is

The LIFE Institute
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3 

The LIFE office does not open until 9 a.m.; consequently, your mailed-in form and cheque will not be processed until after the office opens on each day of registration.

Priority of registration: registrations are processed as received, on a first received, first processed basis. We regret, LIFE does not accept walk-in registrations in the weeks prior to and during registration. In an effort to be fair, LIFE uses the Canada Post date-stamp and time as the measure of first-to-last in the queue for each day during the first week of registration. Please mail in the cheques with registration form(s) as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Accessibility: The LIFE Institute is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact the office 2 weeks in advance of the first class if you have any particular accommodation requirements.