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Career College Requirements


This listing provides a general outline of basic requirements for students interested in applying to a career college in Canada. Career colleges are privately owned institutions that offer diploma and certificate training programs with the main objective of preparing students for the job market after a short period of instruction.

Please note that specific requirements for institutions will vary and students are encouraged to check directly with the institution(s) they are interested in for specific admissions requirements.



  • Official academic transcripts translated into English or French as requested by the Canadian institution. Some institutions may require notarized official transcripts
  • Completion of the equivalent of Canadian secondary or high school
  • For post-diploma programs students are usually required to have already 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


  • Proof of strong proficiency in English (or French if studies are in French). A TOEFL is required for most institutions, minimum score required ranges from 500-600, some institutions accept equivalent tests such as IELTS
  • Some institutions have other forms of English or French language assessment; they may offer their own language proficiency test or, may admit students to academic programs on the basis of having successfully completed that institution's language program


  • Students are usually a minimum of 18 years of age. There are some schools that may accept applications from 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 or entrance exam