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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:

  1. High School Graduate (including Adult Basic Education (ABE) or Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED)),
    or
  2. 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:

ProgramDetails
Animal Grooming ProfessionalA Tetanus vaccination is required by the end of the first semester.
Computer Aided DraftingLevel 3 Academic Math or CAS Transition Math 1040 & 1041 from CNA is required.

Students who have not met the Mathematics requirement must successfully complete Academy Canada’s non-credit Mathematics course by the end of the first semester.

CriminologyTwo professional/academic reference letters and a Certificate of Conduct are required. A 60% average in 9 Level 3 credits including a 60% in Level 3 Academic English is preferred
Developmental Support WorkerA Certificate of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector Check are required.
Interior DecoratingApplicants with colour blindness may find some aspects of this program challenging.
IT Network ProfessionalLevel 3 Academic Math OR CAS Transition Math 1040 & 1041 from CNA and a Certificate of Conduct are required.

Basic computer and software skills are also required.

Students who have not met the Mathematics requirement must successfully complete Academy Canada’s non-credit Mathematics course by the end of the first semester.

Law Enforcement FoundationsA “Certificate of Conduct” and two professional/academic reference letters are required.
Massage TherapyLevel II or III Biology, Level III Academic English and Certificate of Conduct are required.

High school Chemistry or Physics, any level, is preferred.

Students who have not met the English requirement must complete Academy Canada’s English Essentials by end of first semester.

Natural ResourcesA Certificate of Conduct, Level 3 Academic Math OR CAS Transition Math 1040 & 1041 from CNA, any 4 Science credits and two professional/academic reference letters are required.

Students who have not met the Mathematics requirement must successfully complete Academy Canada’s non-credit Mathematics course by the end of the first semester.

Occupational Health & SafetyA Certificate of Conduct is required.
Paralegal StudiesA Certificate of Conduct and two professional/academic reference letters are required.

A 60% average in 9 Level III credits, including a 60% in Level III Academy English from High School or ABE is preferred.

Personal Care Attendant
  • 2 written letters of reference (no personal references)
  • Certificate of Conduct with the Vulnerable Sector Check from their local police department
  • A written verification of 20 volunteer service hours within the past two years
  • A 1-page written personal statement
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, demonstration of English proficiency at a minimum of level 8 is required.
Physiotherapy AssistantLevel II or III Biology and Level III Academic English and Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check are required. High school Chemistry or Physics, any level, is preferred.

Students who do not meet the English requirement must complete Academy Canada’s English Essentials by end of first semester.

A completed Pre-Placement Health Screening must be submitted by the end of the first semester.

Therapeutic RecreationTwo professional/academic reference letters and a Certificate of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check are required.

A completed Pre-Placement Health Screening must be submitted by the end of the first semester.

Extra Information About Special Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. Instructor interview with supporting documentation.
  2. Admissions Officer conducted assessment of past work experience and/or post-secondary education.
  3. College Administrator interview with supporting documentation.
  4. 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 info@academycanada.com.

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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