The Canadian government has approved private educationist and business houses to set-up their own colleges to impart specialized short-term programs. These institutions offer training programs that provide students with practical skills for the job market after a short period of instruction. Subjects covered by these short-term training programs include multimedia, filmmaking/editing, computer studies, graphic design, web-development and hospitality and so on. Although they are run by private management, these schools are regulated, ensuring that program standards and quality are maintained. The fee structure in Career colleges may not be uniform across Canada.
- Completion of the equivalent of Canadian secondary or high school.
- For post-diploma programs, students should have successfully completed a university degree or college diploma program.
- Some schools may require students to take pre-requisite courses to ensure that they have the appropriate academic background.
- Official transcripts translated into English or French as requested by the Canadian institution.
- Some institutions may require notarized official transcripts.
- Proof of strong proficiency in English (or French if studies are in French). For example, a TOEFL score of around 550 or approximately 6.0 for IELTS.
- Students should be over 18 years of age. Some College admits mature students.
Depending on the program, students may be required to do one or all of the following:
- Submit a portfolio.
- Participate in a pre-admission interview or questionnaire.
- Write a placement test.