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Understanding Credentials

Depending on your previous education and your long-term goals, your pathway through Humber may involve one credential or you may connect a number of credentials together. There is no one right pathway. The only thing that matters is finding your ideal pathway.

two students credentials

Individual or a small group of courses provide a level of skills, knowledge and attitudes to allow graduates to work in a limited range of activities within a prescribed range of functions.

Prepares for: employment or interest, typical duration less than 90 hours (1-3 courses).

Admission Requirements: Open Admission.

Notes:

  • No transfer credits to postsecondary.
  • Evaluation component.
  • No convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge: Course related outcomes meet specific employment requirements or general interest.

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ.

Programs provide a level of skills, knowledge and attitudes to allow graduates to work in a limited range of activities within a prescribed range of functions. 

Prepares for: employment or interest, typical duration 90 – 180 instructional hours (2 to 4 courses).

Admission Requirements: Open Admission.

Notes:

  • No transfer credits to postsecondary. 
  • Evaluation component.
  • No convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge: Course and Program related outcomes meet specific employment  requirements or general interest.

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ.

Programs provide a level of skills, knowledge and attitudes to allow graduates to perform in a defined range of varied activities within a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures. 

Prepares for: employment or postsecondary, typical duration 225-450 instructional hours (5 to 10 courses).

Admission Requirements: Academic entry requirements are defined in regulation. May be up to grade 12 but varies depending on the trade or occupation. Other entry requirements may be determined depending on the trade or occupation. Minimum age: 16 years. Also CAAT admission requirements for Co-op Diploma programs. 

Notes:

  • May offer transfer credits to postsecondary.
  • Evaluation component.
  • Convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge: The basic skill and knowledge requirements for entry-level employment in positions with a limited range of activities within a prescribed range of functions.

Conceptual and Methodological Awareness/Research and Scholarship: 

  • A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures.
  • Understanding and application of mathematical concepts and reasoning; analyzing and using numerical data; and conceptualizing.
  • Application of a variety of thinking skills and a systematic approach to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Communication Skills:

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly within the requirements of the job responsibilities, in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication. 

Application of Knowledge:

  • Some complex or non-routine activities.
  • A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes. 

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ.

Programs provide a level of skills, knowledge and attitudes to allow graduates to perform in a defined range of varied activities within a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures. Programs also engage students in some learning in disciplines outside their main field of study. 

Prepares for: employment at entry-level positions and for further postsecondary studies, typical duration two semesters or 600-700 equivalent instructional hours. 

Admission Requirements: Secondary school diploma or equivalent; or at least 19 years old; or is the holder of an admission requirement established by the Board of Governors for a specific program of instruction and additional program-specific requirements.

Notes:

  • Evaluation component.
  • Convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge: 

  • The basic skill and knowledge requirements for entry-level employment in positions with limited range of activities within a prescribed range of functions.
  • Some breadth beyond the vocational field within the themes of: arts in society; civic life; social and cultural understanding; personal understanding; and science and technology.

Conceptual and Methodological Awareness/Research and Scholarship:

  • A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures.
  • Understanding and application of mathematical concepts and reasoning; analyzing and using numerical data; and conceptualizing.
  • Application of a variety of thinking skills and a systematic approach to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Communication Skills:

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Application of Knowledge:

  • Some complex or non-routine activities.
  • A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes.

Professional Capacity/Autonomy:

  • Perform a range of varied activities or knowledge application situations where the range of contexts in which the choice of actions required is usually clear and complexity in the range of options to be applied is limited.
  • Undertake activities involving individual responsibility or autonomy and/or collaboration with others as part of a group or team.
  • Undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment.

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ. 

Programs provide a level of skills, knowledge and attitudes to allow the graduates to work within a broad range of technical and/or administrative requirements, coordination and evaluation, and engage students in learning in disciplines outside their main field of study.

Prepares for: employment at entry-level positions and for more specialized education at an advanced level, typical duration four semesters or 1200-1400 equivalent.

Admission Requirements: Secondary school diploma or equivalent; or at least 19 years old; or is the holder of an admission requirement established by the Board of Governors for a specific program of instruction and additional program-specific requirements. 

Notes:

  • Evaluation component.
  • Convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge: 

  • The skill and knowledge requirements for successful performance in a complex occupational setting.
  • At least some breadth beyond the vocational field, with exposure to at least one discipline outside the main field of study within the themes of: arts in society; civic life; social and cultural under-standing; personal understanding; and science and technology, to increase awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work.

Conceptual and Methodological Awareness/Research and Scholarship:

  • A range of skills, with associated knowledge, showing substantial depth in some areas where judgment is required in the planning and selection of appropriate equipment, services, or techniques for self and others.
  • Understanding and application of mathematical concepts and reasoning; analyzing and using numerical data; and conceptualizing.
  • Application of a variety of thinking skills and a systematic approach to anticipate and solve problems. 
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Communication Skills:

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Application of Knowledge:

  • A range of complex or non-routine activities; coordination and evaluation.
  • The planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skill and knowledge application.
  • The application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services, and techniques for self and others.

Professional Capacity/Autonomy:

  • Participation in the development of strategic initiatives, personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organizing others.
  • Participation in teams, including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions.
  • Group or team coordination may be involved.
  • Ability to manage their own professional development.

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ. 

Programs provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable graduates to work within a broad range of technical and/or management functions in a broad range of occupational areas. Graduates understand both the required conceptual frameworks as well as applications related to the specific occupational area.

Prepares for: employment at entry-level positions and for more specialized education at an advanced level, typical duration four semesters or 1800-2100 equivalent.

Admission Requirements: Secondary school diploma or equivalent; or at least 19 years old; or is the holder of an admission requirement established by the Board of Governors for a specific program of instruction and additional program-specific requirements.

Notes:

  • Evaluation component.
  • Convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge:

  • The skill and knowledge requirements for successful performance of a specialized range of activities, most of which would be complex or non-routine in an occupational setting. 
  • At least some breadth beyond the vocational field, with exposure to at least one discipline outside the main field of study within the themes of: arts in society; civic life; social and cultural understanding; personal understanding; and science and technology, to increase awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work.

Conceptual and Methodological Awareness/Research and Scholarship:

  • A significant range of skills associated with fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts in relation to either varied or highly specific functions. 
  • Understanding and application of mathematical concepts and reasoning; analyzing and using numerical data; and conceptualizing. 
  • Application of a variety of thinking skills and a systematic approach to anticipate and solve problems. 
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Communication Skills:

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Application of Knowledge:

  • Contributions to the development of a broad plan, budget or strategy.
  • New/additional applications of technical, creative or conceptual knowledge to practical and/or real world situations.
  • Significant judgment in the planning, design and technical leadership and/or guidance functions related to products, services, operations or procedures.

Professional Capacity/Autonomy:

  • Accountability for self and others in achieving the outcomes for a team.
  • Ability to manage their own professional development.

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ. 

Programs provide some broad knowledge and conceptual sophistication, including specialized knowledge in at least one discipline or field.

Prepares for:  some second-entry professional degree programs, employment in a variety of fields, or advanced entry into an honours or specialist program of study in the field, typical duration eight semesters in duration (normally 120 credits, or the equivalent).  

Admission Requirements: 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, six university or university/college courses at the Grade 12 level, a minimum average set by the institution and additional requirements as programs require. 

Notes:

  • Evaluation component.
  • Convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge:

  • A general knowledge and understanding of many key concepts, methodologies, theoretical approaches and assumptions in a discipline.
  • A broad understanding of some of the major fields in a discipline, including, where appropriate, from an interdisciplinary perspective, and how the fields may intersect with fields in related disciplines.
  • An ability to gather, review, evaluate and interpret information relevant to one or more of the major fields in a discipline.
  • Some detailed knowledge in an area of the discipline.
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills inside and outside the discipline.
  • The ability to apply learning from one or more areas.

Conceptual and Methodological Awareness/Research and Scholarship:

An understanding of methods of enquiry or creative activity, or both, in their primary area of study that enables the student to:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems using well established ideas and techniques.
  • Devise and sustain arguments or solve problems using these methods.

Communication Skills: The ability to communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, orally and in writing, to non-specialist audiences using structured and coherent arguments. 

Application of Knowledge:

The ability to review, present, and interpret quantitative and qualitative information to:

  • develop lines of argument.
  • make sound judgments in accordance with the major theories, concepts and methods of the subject(s) of study.

The ability to use a range of established techniques to:

  • analyze information.
  • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study.
  • propose solutions.

The ability to make critical use of scholarly reviews and primary sources. 

Professional Capacity/Autonomy:

  1. The qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities requiring:
    • the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
    • working effectively with others.
  2. The ability to identify and address their own learning needs in changing circumstances and to select an appropriate program of further study.
  3. Behaviour consistent with academic integrity and social responsibility.

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits to their own knowledge and how this might influence their analyses and interpretations. 

Programs either deepen knowledge and skills already gained through a diploma or advanced diploma program or provide graduates of baccalaureate programs with specific knowledge and skills related to an applied occupational area. 

Prepares for: employment in a more specialized role and for further postsecondary studies, typical duration two semesters or 600-700 equivalent instructional hours. 

Admission Requirements: Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, private career college diploma, degree or equivalent and additional program-specific requirements. 

Notes:

  • Evaluation component.
  • Convocation.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge:

  • Specialized knowledge in a specific field.
  • A level of knowledge and skill that enhances one's ability to perform a more specialized range of complex and non-routine activities within the field.
  • Locally determined exposure to disciplines outside the main field of study. 

Conceptual and Methodological Awareness/Research and Scholarship:

  • A prescribed range of skilled operations that includes the requirement to evaluate and analyze current practices, develop new criteria, and may include the provision of some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of skills. 

Communication Skills:

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly within the requirements of the job responsibilities, in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Application of Knowledge:

  • A more specialized range of activities, most of which would be complex or non-routine.
  • Application of knowledge and skills to evaluate and analyze current practices and develop new criteria.
  • Leadership and guidance may be involved when organizing self or others, as well as when contributing to technical solutions of a non-routine or contingency nature. 

Professional Capacity/Autonomy:

  • Individual responsibility or autonomy and/or leadership and guidance for others as part of a team or group.
  • Ability to manage their own professional development. 

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge: An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ.