Academic Terms (Definitions)

Academic Year

Academic Year is the period from September 1 to August 31 consisting of three distinct 15-week semesters.

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Access Programs


Developmental programs that students may enter prior to admission into regular Certificate/Diploma level programs.

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Credit Course


An approved and recognized body of content, knowledge, skills assigned a credit value.

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Credit

The weighted value of a course based on the depth and breadth of the learning objectives.

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Diploma Program

An approved program of study consisting of a prescribed combination of courses that must address:

  1. occupational skill development;
  2. academic or general study
  3. self interest or personal growth.


Diploma Programs will normally:

  1. be prescribed over a minimum of a four semester period
  2. be comprised of a minimum of 80 credits; and
  3. consist of a maximum of seven courses per semester.

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Advanced Diploma

An approved program of study consisting of in-depth training for graduates of a diploma program or equivalent. Advanced Diploma Programs will normally:

  1. be prescribed over a minimum of one semester;
  2. be comprised of a minimum of 20 credits.

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Post Diploma

A diploma to be issued upon successful completion of a minimum two-semester program that requires either graduation from a recognized two- or three-year post-secondary diploma or degree, or a combination of other post-secondary work and industry experience acceptable to the College as an entrance requirement.

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Certificate Program

An approved program of study consisting of a prescribed combination of courses that must address:

  1. occupational skill development;
  2. academic or general study;
  3. self interest or personal growth.


Certificate Programs will normally:

  1. be prescribed over a two semester period;
  2. be comprised of a minimum of 40 credits; and
  3. consist of a maximum of seven courses per semester.

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Continuing Education Studies (Certificate of Participation)

Any non-formalized course, seminar, workshop which addresses one or more of the following areas of study: occupational skill development, academic study, personal interest/growth, for which specific learning or performance is not measured or evaluated.

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Certificate of Recognition

Certificates of Recognition may be awarded in various areas of study where students meet the criteria established for that area of study.

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Workplace Development

The College may enter partnerships for the purpose of developing and/or delivering courses or programs. Such partnerships will be formally recognized on parchments in one of the following ways:

  1. College Parchment When a course or program is developed by the College, either in partnership with or on behalf of another institution, agency or industry; a College parchment will be issued. This parchment may contain the phrase "designed in partnership with..." as an additional description of the course/program.

  2. Joint Parchment When a course or program is developed and/or delivered in partnership with another educational institution, a joint certificate formally recognizing both institutions may be awarded. This parchment would recognize both institutions and may contain the signatures of duly authorized officers of both institutions.

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Parchments for Workforce Development

  1. Diploma in Skill Development Awarded upon completion of a program that is at least two years in duration for which learning is measured and evaluated.

  2. Certificate in Skill Development Awarded upon completion of a program that is normally one year in duration but not less than one academic semester for which learning is measured and evaluated.

  3. Certificate of Achievement Awarded upon successful completion of a program of less than one academic semester or upon completion of an academic course for which learning is measured and evaluated.

  4. Continuing Studies Certificate (Certificate of Participation) Issued upon completion of a non-formalized course, workshop, seminar or program, for which specific learning or performance is not measured or evaluated.

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Full-Time Student

Students who are registered for 4 or more courses in course-based programs.

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Part-Time Student

Students who are registered for less than 4 courses in course-based programs.

Students who are registered for less than 18 hours per week in self-paced programs.

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Semester

A 15-week period which will include class/learning time as well as administrative and evaluation time. The academic year will be divided into three semesters: the Fall Semester will commence in September; the Winter Semester will commence in January; and the Spring Semester will commence in May.

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Intersession

A five to seven week period which will include class/ learning time as well as administrative and evaluation time - usually scheduled at the beginning of the spring semester.

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Summer Session

A five to eight week period which will include class/ learning time as well as administrative and evaluation time - usually scheduled in the second half of the spring semester.

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Mature Student

Persons who do not meet the entrance requirements for admission into a full-time program, but who are at least 19 years of age at the time of submitting an application, and who have been out of school for at least one year.

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