Private Career Colleges (PCC): Diploma and Certificate Program Standards

Private Career College (PCC) Diploma and Certificate Program Standards


Private Career Colleges throughout Ontario deliver a wide range of postsecondary programs designed to provide graduates with the entry-level skills they will need to become successfully employed in various vocational fields. These programs must be of high quality and relevant to the needs of both employers and students. Graduates must have the key vocational skills that will help them find employment in their field of study. They also need the essential employability skills that will give them flexibility and allow them to continue to learn and adapt throughout their working lives.

Under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges can issue policy directives setting out standards for vocational programs or classes of vocational program.

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities oversees the development and the review of standards for programs of instruction, in order to clearly identify the essential skills and knowledge that graduates of that program must acquire. Each college is required to ensure that its programs and program delivery are consistent with these standards, and must assist students to achieve these essential outcomes.

Employers, industry and professional associations, and program graduates currently working in the field are all involved in the development and review processes, as are representatives of the colleges themselves. This way, students can be assured that the programs are relevant to the needs of employers and that the skills they acquire during their program will be appropriate.

For More Information

To find out more about specific programs offered by private career colleges, please contact the colleges directly.

Inquiries regarding program standards should be directed to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.