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Programs Overview


Programs Overview


Academy Canada’s program offering certainly has evolve over time! 

In our early years, we delivered only a few courses from just one location.  We now train from 14 locations and offer a diverse selection of 35 career-focused Diploma programs that are designed to get graduates working as quickly as possible!    College programs are concentrated in the several fields as noted below.


Construction, Trades & Mining


Business, Computers & Travel

Creative Studies

Health & Personal Care

Animal Care & Nature

Adult Basic Education

Contract & Corporate Training

  • Various programs tailored to client needs


Program Design

Academy Canada introduces its programs in one of three ways: 
  • Researched, designed and maintained by the Academy Canada Curriculum Department.
  • Leased from a third party College.
  • Designed and maintained by the provincial government in the case of Apprenticeship Trades, Home Support Worker and Adult Basic Education programs.

All programs are evaluated and approved annually by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills.  Each is full-time with training lasting between 2 and 24 months.  Students can expect to spend 25-30 hours per week in class. 

The 10 person Curriculum Department is constantly seeking out new programs to satisfy industry demand.  They also coordinate our Accreditation efforts and conduct annual reviews of programs to ensure that they remain current and relevant.

Program Delivery

Academy Canada has new start dates every month (except August).  Classes are held from September-Early August each year.   We break for summer holidays (no classes for students and instructors) on or about the first Wednesday in August and return just after Labour Day (actual start/end dates vary slightly by year).

Most courses require students to spend class time in their classroom as well as in their shop, lab or studio – where they gain their hands-on experience.  This is further supplemented by workplace-based Practicums or Work-terms for many programs.

Programs require applicants to be high school graduates or qualify as a mature student.  Some have specific requirements such as medical clearance, specific high school courses or a clear conduct certificate.  Detailed Entrance Requirements vary by program and can be found in the Admissions Process section of this website.

Several programs offer graduates the opportunity to transfer credits to use towards a University Degree, including Criminology, Law Enforcement Foundations, Business Administration, Occupational Health & Safety and Paralegal Studies.  There are also several other articulation programs in the development stages.

Other programs prepare students for external certifications or endorsements, including Massage Therapy, Construction/Industrial Electrician, Automotive Service Technician, Occupational Health & Safety, Insulator (Heat & Frost), Supply Chain & Logistics, Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Carpenter, Plumber, Welder, Cook and others. 

Training at Academy Canada can happen in several environments and using multiple methodologies, including in-class/shop, during related training or on work terms/practicums.  Some programs are also delivered via distance using distributed learning.    The specific types of delivery methods depend upon the specific program but typically fall into five categories:
  • Classroom-Based Group Learning
  • Resource-Based Learning
  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Experiential Learning (including Work-terms and Practicums)
  • Distributed (or Distance) Learning. 

A brief definition of each is provided below.   If you have any questions about which learning methods might be available to you, please contact the Admissions Office.


Classroom-Based Group Learning

Takes place in classrooms with fellow classmates and an Instructor.  Training may consist of lectures, question and answer sessions, presentations, guest speakers, discussions, case studies and role play. Different types of media may also be utilized such as videos or simulation software.

Resource-Based Learning

During this type of course students work individually through study guides (and other resources) that are designed specifically for each topic. All resources link learning activities to course outcomes. The instructor is in the classroom with students and will help them complete study guides. Classmates will be working on their own study guides and they may be working on different courses within the program. Students have one-on-one sessions with instructor to deal with specific questions or concerns (instead of full-class lectures). Each course completed through Resource-Based Learning follows a set schedule. The Instructor will advise students on the due dates for any assignments or exams. Resource-Based Learning is an effective learning style for many students since it has them achieving at their own pace and applying new knowledge when they are ready.

Self-Paced Learning

Self-paced learning is similar to Resource-Based Learning, but the scheduling is more flexible. There are scheduled exam dates and students notify their instructor when they feel prepared to write their exam. The exam is then set for the next scheduled exam date.  At this point, Self-Paced Learning is only available in our Adult Basic Education program.

Experiential Learning

Involves giving students exposure to industry and hands-on skill building. This may include field trips, laboratory activities, shop projects and working with the public on client days. Related Training, Work Terms and Practicums also fall under experiential learning.

Work Term

Work-terms refer to a professionally arranged on-site training period, which provides students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience in their field. Work terms are a valuable component of many programs, as they offer students the opportunity to gain experience and to get to know people in their field of study. In many instances, work terms have led to employment opportunities.  Students are typically not paid during their work term experience; however, some hosts may choose to do so. If the work term is a required component of a program, students must successfully complete it in order to graduate. A work term evaluation will be completed by the work term host in consultation with campus work term personnel. Work terms must be completed during the academic period indicated in the student’s program outline, unless other arrangements have been approved by campus administration in consultation with the instructor and Coordinator. The instructor and Coordinator will provide details of the work term process and details of work term monitoring as this component of the program draws near.


Refers to a field placement with assessments such as projects, assignments and/or seminars which are assigned by instructors in addition to duties assigned by hosts while in the field. Please refer to the program outline or speak with your instructor to see if the practicum component is relevant to you.

Distributed Learning

Some courses are available via distributed learning (also known as Distance Learning or Distance Education).  In this type of course, the instructor and the student are working together on a course but are physically located in separate places and connect via correspondence or technology. Distributed learning allows students to learn from home (or from within their community) while benefiting from the expertise of instructors.   Different media are used such as print, audio, video and computer software. Although there are deadlines to meet, students can work at your own pace and focus on the topics that need more attention. Often distributed learning means that students can have more flexibility in their learning schedule.  It is worth noting, however, that students still need to make a commitment to work hard and master the coursework.