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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

The French certificate consists of five online courses. It provides students an opportunity to meet French language requirements for various government positions that require level 8 NCLC (Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens) or any other employment opportunities requiring French. Students will work on authentic assignments, and assessments will provide students with a real-world learning experience.

Graduates of this French certificate will have strong communications skills in the four competencies of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and will also develop an appreciation of French culture.

Whether you require French skills for your career, enjoy foreign traveling, or are just interested in learning a new language, you will find this certificate very comprehensive and engaging to meet your needs.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Read, write, listen and speak in French
  • Communicate effectively in written environments
  • Interpret and translate texts
  • Revise and edit documents

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 12 Math (C, M or U),OR Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading, OR Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 12 Math (C, M or U)
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Career Options

When you achieve this certificate, these are the types of career options that you can explore:

  • Service/Sales Consultant in Business
  • Bilingual technical support
  • Translator in Foreign Service, Provincial, Federal government
  • Communications Assistant in Public Relations
  • Market Research Analyst in Marketing Agencies
  • Human Resource Assistant in Business
  • Legal Aid Ontario (Law Intern)
  • Flight attendant, Pilot in the airline industry
  • Editing and proofreading in Advertising Agencies
  • News anchor, Reporter, Production assistant in Media agencies
  • Teaching – educational assistant, tutor, elementary/ secondary teacher, community college/university professor
  • Tourism, travel, or hospitality
  • Military

You Should Take this French Certificate, if you

  • are seeking a bilingual role
  • are an international job applicant
  • want to explore travel opportunities abroad to the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and beyond
  • want to learn more about the French Culture

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
LANG 1982French 1Monthly Intake Online
LANG 1982French 1Online
LANG 2982French 2Online
LANG 2982French 2Monthly Intake Online
LANG 3982French 3Online
LANG 5982French 5Online