PPL Field Placements

Please read all of the information on this page if you are planning on applying for a field placement within your program.

When you are ready to apply, please follow the "7 Steps Toward Placement" for detailed instructions on how to proceed.


Click to view the current field placement format updates during COVID-19. - UPDATED: JUNE 2022.

  • Students may wish to defer their placement due to challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you wish to defer, please send an email to pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca to discuss your specific course options should you choose to defer your placement to an upcoming term.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the registration and paperwork deadlines.  Failing to do so will result in forfeiting placement for the current term.
  • Students are required to confirm and follow their agency's COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate policies in order to attend placements in person.  In many cases, agencies will require that the students are double vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend onsite.
    Please ensure, if your program requires you to research and secure your own placement, that you find out the agency's policy and ensure you can meet their requirements.





DC Connect & Synergy Activation Window (Students can begin uploading paperwork once their activation has been processed)

October 18, 2022 to November 29, 2022

March 7, 2023 to April 18, 2023

Paperwork Deadline (ALL Paperwork is Due in both DC Connect & Synergy platforms)

December 6, 2022

April 25, 2023


January 10 – April 18, 2023 *Students will not begin placement hours before January 10, 2023.

May 9 – August 15, 2023 *Students will not begin placement hours before May 9, 2023.


Step 1 - Paperwork Module Activation



Please complete the following steps below in order to request activation for DC Connect and/or Verified by Synergy Gateway for the SPRING 2023 term:

  • SPRING 2023 activation requests are accepted from March 7 - April 18, 2022 ONLYRequests sent outside of these dates will not be processed.

Email pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca and provide the following information:

  1. First & Last Name
  2. Student ID Number
  3. Program Name
  4. Placement level (if applicable) eg: Level 1, 2 or 3
  5. Placement format:  Remote, In Person, Blended (Please check the COVID-19 Update page to see your program's placement format options)
  6. READ the notes below carefully:


  • Spring 2023 activation requests are accepted from March 7 - April 18, 2023 ONLY.
  • ALL Paperwork is due on APRIL 25, 2022 in order to qualify for placement.  NO EXCEPTIONS - see note below re: CRCs & EIFs
  • Please submit your activation request only once.
  • This process is for PPL students only. If you are not a PPL student, you must contact your school office for field placement details and instructions.
  • Activation requests received after 2pm will be processed the next business day.
  • DC CONNECT MODULE ACCESS:  Students are required to check DC Connect daily for the addition of the Pre-Placement Paperwork module (a separate email from the PPL department will not be sent).
  • SYNERGY GATEWAY ACCESS:  Students will receive an email from Verified by Synergy Gateway with login instructions for the Synergy platform. This email will go to your DCMAIL account only.  You must check this account daily. (NOTE: If you are a returning student and have gained access to Synergy Gateway previously, you will still have access and can log in using your previous login credentials.)
  • It may take up to 2 business days to gain access to DC Connect and Verified by Synergy Gateway in some cases.
  • Students are required to monitor their dcmail.ca email account during the application process and throughout placement, as placement correspondence will only be sent to the student's dcmail.ca address.  Personal email addresses will not be used.

Please Also Note:

    • ALL PLACEMENT FORMATS (IN PERSON, REMOTE & BLENDED) will require health forms, Standard First Aid w/CPR-C and a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screen (CRC w/VSS).  Please ensure you complete these items well in advance of the deadline date.  Late submissions could result in not being permitted to register for placement.
    • ALTERNATIVE COURSE OPTION:  These are placement courses that are held ONLINE ONLY during COVID-19 (These are NOT in person or remote placements) and do not require paperwork, however, students are required to request activation as per the instructions above in order for a prerequisite audit to be completed.  This is to confirm the student's eligibility for the course. Audits are typically completed within 48 hours of the initial activation request.  If the student is eligible, they will then receive an email granting permission to register for the online course between the receipt of the request and the start date for the online course.  Students doing the ONLINE option will not be activated in DC Connect or Synergy Gateway.
    • NOTE: Not all programs offer an alternative to In Person placements.  **Students MUST check the placement format options provided in the "FIELD PLACEMENT FORMAT UPDATES DURING COVID-19" link to view available placement options for your program.  This list has been updated to reflect all options available starting as of FALL 2022.

CRC w/VSS (Criminal Reference Checks with Vulnerable Sector Screening

  • Students are advised to order Criminal Reference Checks w/Vulnerable Sector Screens (as required for your placement course) A MINIMUM OF 8 WEEKS BEFORE THE DUE DATE.  Police stations are backlogged and have been taking a minimum of 8 weeks to process in many cases.

Entry Immunization Forms (EIF)

  • Please ensure you book an appointment with your doctor to have your Health forms completed well in advance of the due date.
  • The newest version of the EIF now includes your COVID-19 vaccination details. Please ensure you use the most up to date Entry Immunization form here: Entry Immunization Form
  • If you have not received the COVID-19 Vaccine(s), please send an email to pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca for further instructions BEFORE submitting your EIF to Synergy Gateway. 




These General Field Placement Frequently Asked Questions are relevant to ALL placements, regardless of the program you are taking.

Once you have reviewed the General FAQs, please then view the Program Specific FAQs below, which will have more detailed information about your program's placement course requirements/restrictions.