Types of Programs at Ontario Colleges

With close to 850 learning sites in 200 communities offering over 4500 programs across the province, Ontario college programs offer diversity unmatched in Canada. As the demands of the workplace have evolved, so have the types of credentials being offered by the colleges. Most colleges are currently offering a variety of program types to suit the needs of both students and employers.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs require the completion of two semesters (or one year) of study, as approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

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Diploma Programs

Regular diploma programs require the completion of at least four semesters (or two years) of study, as approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. An advanced diploma is granted after six semesters (three years) of study.

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Degree Programs

Four-year college degree programs offer the best of both worlds: a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to apply this knowledge in the real world.

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificates require a university degree or a college certificate or diploma for admission, building on knowledge and experience gained through previous postsecondary study.

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Collaborative & Joint Degree Programs

Collaborative programs are offered jointly by a college and a partnering university. Students may earn either one or two credentials-one from the college and/or one from the university.

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Co-op Programs

Co-op programs include scheduled periods of employment in related industries within the academic year. These placements are typically paid positions and may be a requirement for graduation.

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Apprenticeship Programs

An apprenticeship enables you to learn a skilled trade on the job, under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson. The classroom component of apprenticeship training may be taken through an Ontario college apprenticeship program.

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