Program Entrance Requirements
Thank you for considering Academy Canada as your College of choice. We are an equal opportunity college that works diligently to support all professionals as they strive to build better careers.
Who Can Join Academy Canada Programs?
Students can qualify for all Academy Canada programs in one of two ways. They can apply as a:
- High School Graduate (including Adult Basic Education (ABE) or Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED)),
- Mature Student. These are individuals who have not completed High School, ABE or GED but have valuable life experience and are capable of performing at a college level. Applicants must be 19 years of age, provide a copy of the most recent marks, hold an interview with a college representative and complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) at no cost. An Admissions Officer can offer support and help you prepare for this test and offer a Study Guide.
When Is information Due?
All documentation is required before a full acceptance letter can be issued. While information should be submitted as early as possible, Academy Canada will allow students to attend class during the first 21 calendar days while they wait on certain information.
Programs With Additional Entrance Requirements
Some programs also have additional entrance requirements beyond High School, ABE or GED graduation. If applicable, they are noted in the table below:
|Animal Grooming Professional||Applicants with color blindness may find some aspects of this program challenging. A Vulnerable Sector Check is required.|
|Computer Aided Drafting||Applicants should have credits in Level III Mathematics (Academic or Advanced) or Adult Basic Education equivalent. Students who do not have this Math credit will be required to complete Academy Canada’s non-credit Mathematics course in the first semester. Under certain circumstance, students who do not meet the formal High School/ABE requirement may be accepted upon the recommendation of a High School Principal or Guidance Counsellor.|
|Criminology||A Conduct Certificate and two professional/academic reference letters are required. Applicants must also have a 60% average in 9 Level III credits, including a 60% in Level III Academic English (or ABE equivalent).|
|Developmental Support Worker||A Conduct Certificate and Vulnerable Sector Check are required.|
|Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant||A Conduct Certificate, Vulnerable Sector Check and Immunization are required.|
|Interior Decorator||Applicants with color blindness may find some aspects of this program challenging.|
|IT Network Professional||A Conduct Certificate is required. Applicants must have fundamental computer and software skills in order to enter this program. Those skills may be acquired through day-to-day computer usage or specific training. Students who do not have Level III Mathematics (Advanced or Academic) must successfully complete Academy Canada’s non-credit Mathematics course in the first semester.|
|Law Enforcement Foundations||A Conduct Certificate and two professional/academic reference letters are required.|
|Massage Therapy||A Conduct Certificate is required. Applicants are also required to have High School credits in Biology Level II or III, Level I, II or III Academic Chemistry or Physics and Level III Academic English (or ABE equivalents).|
|Natural Resources||A Conduct Certificate and Immunization are required. Applicants should have Level III Mathematics (Academic or Advanced) and four high school Science credits (or mature student status or ABE equivalents). Students who do not have Level III Mathematics (Advanced or Academic) must successfully complete Academy Canada’s non-credit Mathematics course in the first semester.|
|Occupational Health & Safety||A Conduct Certificate is required.|
|Paralegal Studies||A Conduct Certificate and two professional/academic reference letters are required. Applicants should have a 60% average in 9 Level III credits, including a 60% in Level III Academy English from High School or ABE.|
|Physiotherapy Assistant||A Conduct Certificate, Vulnerable Sector Check and Immunization are required.|
|Therapeutic Recreation||A Conduct Certificate, Vulnerable Sector Check, Immunization and two professional/academic reference letters are required.|
Extra Information About Special Requirements
- A Certificate of Conduct can be obtained from the local police detachment. Students are solely accountable for any offences not uncovered by the Conduct and any impact that it may have on their ability to get a work term or employment opportunities.
- A Vulnerable Sector Check is required for this program. Students are solely accountable for any offences not uncovered by the Vulnerable Sector Check Certificate and any impact that it may have on their ability to get a work term or employment opportunities.
- Where a Tetanus Vaccination is required for admission, applicants are responsible for obtaining it from their family doctor or a Public Health Nurse. Completed vaccination forms must be submitted to the Academy Canada Administration before your first semester concludes. Non-compliance with Vaccination/immunization requirements may result in a student’s inability to participate in the work term/ practicum/ community-based activity and may prevent graduation. Specific work term/practicum hosts may also have site-specific medical requirements with which you will need to comply. Please check with your instructor/Admission Representative to ensure that you clearly understand these requirements.
- Where an Immunization is required for a program students must submit a completed immunization review form for work term/practicum placements and some community-based activities. Completed immunization forms must be submitted to the Academy Canada Administration before your first semester concludes (with the exception of Hepatitis B vaccinations that require multiple test periods). Non-compliance with Vaccination/immunization requirements may result in a student’s inability to participate in the work term/ practicum/ community-based activity and may prevent graduation. Specific work term/practicum hosts may also have site-specific medical requirements with which you will need to comply. Please check with your instructor/Admission Representative to ensure that you clearly understand these requirements.
- Reference Letters are required for certain programs. They should be academic or professional, not personal. Letters can be from a former teacher, school administrator, community leader, coach, co-worker, employer, etc.
What If I Had A Modified High School Program?
Students who have completed a modified high school curriculum or modified high school courses, such as an Individualized Education Plan or IEP, the third digit of a course number will be a 6 or 8 or the letter M, may be eligible for admission based on one or more of the following requirements:
- Instructor interview with supporting documentation.
- Admissions Officer conducted assessment of past work experience and/or post-secondary education.
- College Administrator interview with supporting documentation.
- Recommendation Letters from High School Official(s) detailing modifications required and/or documented learning disabilities.
Can I Transfer Credit From Another Institution?
Students who have successfully completed a comparable course at another recognized post-secondary institution no more than 10 years ago maybe eligible for an exemption in that course.
Students must submit, to the Registrar, an application for exemption accompanied by an official transcript and course description from the post-secondary institution where the course was completed.
Applications for exemptions must be submitted, with all appropriate documentation, no later than three weeks after the start date of each semester (for semester based programs) and no later than five days after the start date of each block (for block based programs).
Exemptions are noted as TC (Transfer of Credit) on Academy Canada transcripts. Marks from other institutions will not be calculated into the student’s final average.
High School or Adult Basic Education courses do not qualify for exemption requests (with the exception of some Advanced Placement courses).
Course exemptions cannot exceed 20% of the courses (core and non-core courses combined) in the Academy Canada program.
A tuition reduction will not be granted for exempted courses.
The Records Coordinator/Registrar will forward the Application for Exemption and documentation along to the campus Principal or designate for review. In some cases the instructor or Curriculum Administrator may need to be consulted. Where there is evidence that the student has mastered in excess of seventy percent of the competencies as outlined in the course description, an exemption will be granted. In the case of trade’s courses, the student must have mastered in excess of seventy percent of each of theory and practical components of the course. The decision will be filed in the student’s file.
Students have an option to appeal decisions regarding exemptions. These appeals can be made in writing to the Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Is A PLAR?
PLAR stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. Academy Canada’s PLAR process provides students with an opportunity to document or demonstrate that they have achieved in excess of 70% of the objectives of a given course. In the case of apprenticeship trades, students will have to demonstrate that they have achieved in a 70%+ mastery of each the theory and practical components of a given course.
This comprehensive systematic process of evaluation that starts when you submit an application for PLAR along with a $50.00 assessment fee to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar in consultation with the campus administrator will arrange for a qualified person in the respective competency to conduct the assessment.
Successful assessment results will be recorded as an exemption on your transcript. There will be no reduction in program tuition.
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