Continuing Education

Programs & Courses

Explore your options

Take one course or apply to a program and work towards a diploma, graduate certificate, college certificate, or micro-credential.

Why take continuing education courses at Conestoga?

  • Flexible schedules
  • Professional development
  • Personal enrichment
  • Learn from industry experts
  • Keep up with technology advancements

Delivery Options

Classroom Delivery: In-person instruction that takes place at a college campus.

Online Delivery: Content is delivered entirely online through self-directed components, allowing you the flexibility to learn anytime from wherever you are.

Remote Delivery: Technology-enabled virtual instruction that takes place outside of a physical classroom. Remote delivery includes some form of scheduled real-time virtual classes or drop-in times, as well as self-directed components.

Hybrid Delivery: Instruction that includes a combination of online or remote delivery, and some classroom activities.

Explore your options

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Programs

Grouped courses that lead to an academic credential.

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Micro-credentials

Specific skills development in a short period of time.

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Courses

Take one course or take as many as you like.

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Workshops

Short, results-driven and led by subject-matter experts.

Why apply to a program?

Applying to a program lets the college know you intend to complete the program as it is outlined in the program design. Choosing to apply to a program:

  • allows Conestoga to offer courses when you need them, and
  • ensures that courses you have successfully completed are applied to your credential even if the program outline changes.

Apply to graduate

Once you have successfully completed the course requirements of a program you need to apply to graduate by filling out the apply to graduate form. Submit the form in person or by mail to the Registrar’s Office at 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4M4 or fax at 519-895-1097.

Academic credential definitions

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

A Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) credential that meets all specific vocational learning outcomes as defined by provincial program standards, where these exist. Complexity of knowledge would enhance the ability of graduates to perform a more specialized range of activities. Leadership and guidance may be involved when organizing self or others as programs usually require completion of a College Diploma or University Degree Program, in a related field.

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Awarded by the Office of the Registrar to students who have successfully completed outcomes of a prescribed advanced post-secondary program, typically six (6) academic semesters or 1800-2100 equivalent instruction hours in duration, approved by Conestoga’s Board of Governors which meets all specific vocational learning outcomes as defined by provincial program standards, where these exist. This diploma will include the logo and seal of Conestoga and will be signed by the President, Chair, Board of Governors, and Registrar.

Ontario College Diploma

A Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) credential that meets all specific vocational learning outcomes as defined by provincial program standards, where these exist. Complexity of knowledge covers the planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skill and knowledge applications across a broad range of technical and/or administrative requirements, coordination and evaluation. Most Ontario College Diploma programs require 4 semesters (full-time).

Ontario College Certificate

A Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) credential that meets all specific vocational learning outcomes as defined by provincial program standards, where these exist. Complexity of knowledge would prepare graduates to perform in varied activities or knowledge application situations where the range of contexts in which the choice of actions required is usually clear, and there is limited complexity in the range of options to be applied. Most Ontario College Certificate programs require 2 semesters (full-time) for completion.

College Certificate

Awarded by the Office of the Registrar to students who have successfully completed outcomes of a prescribed program, typically a minimum of three courses and between 168-600 hours. This certificate will include the logo and seal of Conestoga and will be signed by the President, Chair, Board of Governors and Registrar.

Certificate of Achievement

Awarded by the Office of the Registrar to students who have successfully completed outcomes of a prescribed program, typically less than 168 hours. This certificate will include the logo and seal of the Conestoga and will be signed by the Registrar.

Micro-credential

Awarded by the Registrar's Office to those who have successfully completed a defined list of related courses that focus on a specific competency. Typically less than 136 hours and include assessment. The quality criteria are determined by the college.

Recognition of Learning

Awarded by the program team for the purposes of recognizing learning that does not qualify for a credential/document as outlined in the definitions.