How long before I want to take a course should I start the registration process? March 05, 2020 20:03 Updated Follow We recommend submitting your online registration request 15 to 30 days prior to your desired course start date. Related articles Can I receive my course materials early? How do I register for one of your online courses? How can I change my course start date? When does my lab time start and how is that lab time measured? When does my proctored exam start?