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- The first step is to visit an Employment Ontario assessment centre. A case counsellor will talk to you about your career goals and if Second Career is right for you.
- Determine the program you wish to attend with the help of your counsellor.
- Apply to your program of choice online at www.ontariocolleges.ca.
- Meet with Durham College to get help with your research on your program of choice.
- Revisit your case counsellor and inform her or him of your decision and/or acceptance.
If you have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005, you could be eligible for funding. Individuals who have taken an interim job working 20 hours per week or less after their layoff may also be eligible.
Contact 1.800.387.5656 for the location of the nearest Employment Ontario assessment centre to see if you qualify for funding.
As a mature student am I required to meet the entrance requirements that are listed for my program of choice?
Applicants aged 19 or older as of the first day of school, and who do not possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), may be considered for admission as mature students. Mature applicants must complete all program prerequisites to be considered for admission and are considered on an individual basis.
Can I confirm my offer of admission to Durham College prior to being approved by my counsellor/government for funding?
Yes. In order to attend your program of choice, you must confirm your interest in attending by the deadline date published on your letter of acceptance. Failure to do so may result in losing your seat in the program. Your confirmation simply indicates your interest in attending; no payments are required at this time.
No. It is recommended that you apply to Durham College as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Many programs have application deadlines that must be met and program status can change daily.
Yes, Durham College may accept the GED for non-highly competitive programs and programs where there are no minimum percentage requirements. It is recommended that you check with the Admissions and Recruitment office to determine if the GED is acceptable for your program of choice.
No. Second Career eligible applicants follow the same application procedure as all applicants and must meet the same eligibility criteria and applicable deadlines.
- To apply to Durham College, please visit www.ontariocolleges.ca. There is a $95 fee payable to www.ontariocolleges.ca to process your application.
Note: Your application will not be released to Durham College until payment is made.
- Send original copies of your transcripts or proof of enrolment showing the entrance requirements for your program to:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, ON. N1G 5J3
If you require assistance with the online application, please contact www.ontariocolleges.ca at 1.888.892.2228.
- Open - There is still room available in the program.
- Wait-listed - More applications were received for the program than there are seats. Applicants who have met eligibility requirements for the program may be placed on a wait-list. If you are put onto a wait-list, you will be contacted by the college in the event that a seat becomes available before the start of the program. The wait-lists are maintained until the end of the first week of the program.
- Closed - The program has received a high level of applicants who have met the eligibility requirements. The college will no longer be accepting applications.
Note: After the equal consideration deadline, the status of a program can change at any time.
High school transcripts can be obtained by contacting the last high school you attended. If they do not have your transcripts on file they will direct you to the school board office.
Post-secondary (college and university) transcripts may be requested online when making your application and will be forwarded electronically to Durham College.
Students will acquire their own laptop from a vendor of their choosing as well as the hardware and software components required by their respective program (unless their program requires server-based software or software that can only be provided by Durham College).
In order to receive a letter accepting you to a program at Durham College, you must first apply at www.ontariocolleges.ca. An admissions officer will review your application and if you meet the entrance requirements and there is space available, you will receive a letter stating that you have been admitted to the program. This letter will need to accompany your application for funding.
Note: Letters of acceptance for September, 2013 and Winter 2014 start programs will not be available until after February 1, 2013 for non highly competitive programs and late March, 2013 for highly competitive programs.
Letters of acceptance for January, 2014 highly competitive programs will be available in early November, 2013.
Applications can be made online prior to completing your academic upgrading. If you provide Durham College with a letter from the academic upgrading institution, showing proof of enrolment in the required courses, we may be able to give you a conditional offer of admission. The conditions will be outlined in a letter from the college and must be completed by the deadline date specified in the letter. Conditional offers are subject to space availability and in the case of highly competitive programs, mid-term marks must be provided by the published deadline date.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2006 provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market. The NOC tool classifies occupations with a four-digit code according to skill type and level. The digits of the NOC code reflect important information about the occupation it represents. By providing a standard way of organizing labour market information, the NOC helps all Canadians become better informed about the world of work.
The total amount of financial assistance available for an individual's Second Career training is $28,000. This includes tuition, books and other instructional costs, transportation and basic living allowance (during skills training). Additional costs may be considered for disability accommodation, dependent care, living away from home and academic upgrading.
Your transcripts will still be on file with the school or board office. Please contact the school for further instructions on how to obtain your transcript. Please expect two to four weeks to receive the documents.
If there are prerequisite courses that are necessary for your skills training for Second Career, one year is allowed to complete the necessary prerequisites.
Durham College offers Academic Upgrading that can help you to reach the admissions requirements of your program or you can complete academic upgrading through your local board of education. All credits completed must be at the level indicated for the program. For more information on academic upgrading options, please feel free to contact the Second Career office at 905.721.3219.
What if I have already completed some of the courses required to obtain my diploma in the program I have chosen?
If the courses you have taken were completed within the last four or five years, you may be eligible to transfer your credits towards your diploma.
If you have completed a full semester or more of a program, you may be eligible for advanced standing into your program of choice. For more information, please contact the Admissions and Recruitment office at 905.721.3000 email@example.com.
Applicants who have been educated outside Canada must submit proof of educational qualifications. All documents should be sent to either ICAS or WES where they will be evaluated to determine if the level of achievement is equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
- ICAS – International Credential Assessment Service
1-800-321-6021 (toll free) or 519-763-7282
- WES – World Education Services
1-866-343-0070 (toll free) or 416-972-0070
Note: there is a fee for this service. For details, please visit ontariocolleges.ca.
The term highly competitive denotes programs for which there are more qualified Ontario applicants than available seats. As a result, qualified applicants who have submitted applications no later than February 1, 2013 for a September, 2013 program and October 1, 2013 for a January, 2014 start program will undergo a specific selection process.
Priority of Admission
For highly competitive programs applicants will be accepted according to the following priorities:
- Permanent residents of Ontario;
- Permanent residents of other provinces and territories in Canada; and
- Applicants from other countries.
Ontariocolleges.ca processes applications for Ontario colleges. With one online form, you can apply for up to five programs. Up to three of these can be at any one college. For example, you could apply to three programs at Durham College and two at another college using the same application. The application is good for one complete academic cycle (September 2013 to August 2014).
For more information please visit: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/secondcareer/
In order to qualify for Second Career funding, programs must be six months to two years in length and meet the National Occupational Classification (NOC Code) Level B or C. To view a list of Durham College programs that qualify for funding click here.
Fall 2013 - Winter 2014
Applications for September, 2013 and Winter 2014 programs will be available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca in late October, 2012. The equal consideration deadline dates are February 1, 2013 for September, 2013 start programs and October 1, 2013 for Winter 2014 start programs.
After February 1 and October 1, 2013 applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, provided there are vacancies. Applications to a program will be accepted until the program is full and a waiting list is established. Applicants placed on a wait list will be advised of their status. As seats become available they will be notified. Wait lists will be maintained until the start of the program only.
Fall 2013 - Winter 2014
The deadline date to make arrangements to secure your seat is July 2, 2013 for a September, 2013 start program and December 2, 2013 for a Winter 2014 start program. Applications made after the deadline date will be due two weeks after the invoice issue date.
Formal arrangements to secure your seat, in your program of choice, must be made by the deadline date showing on your invoice. If arrangements are not made by the deadline, you risk losing your spot in the program. Please review your options at www.durhamcollege.ca/payingyourfees.
All entrance requirements are listed on the Durham College website and in our full-time program calendar. To request a copy of the calendar, please contact the Admissions and Recruitment office at 905.721.3000.
All transcripts must be originals. In some cases we can accept a faxed copy directly from the training institution.