Second Career

Where do I start?
  1. The first step is to visit an Employment Ontario assessment centre. A case counsellor will talk to you about your career goals and if Second Career is right for you.
  2. Determine the program you wish to attend with the help of your counsellor.
  3. Meet with Durham College to get help with your research on your program of choice.
  4. Revisit your case counsellor and inform her or him of your decision and/or acceptance.
Am I eligible for funding?

If you have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005, you could be eligible for funding. Individuals who have taken an interim job working 20 hours per week or less after their layoff may also be eligible. Contact 1.800.387.5656 for the location of the nearest Employment Ontario assessment centre to see if you qualify for funding.

As a mature student am I required to meet the entrance requirements that are listed for my program of choice?

Applicants aged 19 or older as of the first day of school, and who do not possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), may be considered for admission as mature students. Mature applicants must complete all program prerequisites to be considered for admission and are considered on an individual basis.

Can I confirm my offer of admission to Durham College prior to being approved by my counsellor/government for funding?

Yes. In order to attend your program of choice, you must confirm your interest in attending by the deadline date published on your letter of acceptance. Failure to do so may result in losing your seat in the program. Your confirmation simply indicates your interest in attending; no payments are required at this time.

Do I need to meet with my counsellor prior to applying to Durham College?

No. It is recommended that you apply to Durham College as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Many programs have application deadlines that must be met and program status can change daily.

Do you accept the GED?

Yes, Durham College may accept the GED for non-highly competitive programs and programs where there are no minimum percentage requirements. It is recommended that you check with Student Recruitment and Admission Services to determine if the GED is acceptable for your program of choice.

Does Durham College set aside space for Second Career eligible applicants?

No. Second Career eligible applicants follow the same application procedure as all applicants and must meet the same eligibility criteria and applicable deadlines.

When is the deadline date for payment?

A mandatory tuition deposit of $500 is due June 15 for a September start program, November 16 for a January start program and March 14 for a May start program. Applications made after the deadline date will be due two weeks after the invoice date. Formal arrangements to secure your seat, in your program of choice, must be made by the deadline date showing on your invoice. If arrangements are not made by the deadline, you risk losing your seat in the program.

How do I apply to Durham College programs?

To apply to Durham College, please visit There is a $95 fee payable to to process your application. Note: Your application will not be released to Durham College until payment is made. Send original copies of your transcripts or proof of enrolment showing the entrance requirements for your program to: 60 Corporate Court Guelph, ON. N1G 5J3 If you require assistance with the online application, please contact at 1.888.892.2228.

Where can I find the prerequisites for the program I have chosen?

All entrance requirements are listed on the Durham College website and in our full-time program calendar. To request a copy of the calendar, please contact Student Recruitment and Admission Services at 905.721.3000.

My counsellor said I need an acceptance letter, how do I get this from Durham College?

In order to receive an offer letter to your program of interest at Durham College, you must first apply at An admissions officer will review your application and if you meet the entrance requirements and there is space available, you will receive a letter extending an offer to the program. This letter will need to accompany your application for funding.

What are NOC codes?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2006 provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market. The NOC tool classifies occupations with a four-digit code according to skill type and level. The digits of the NOC code reflect important information about the occupation it represents. By providing a standard way of organizing labour market information, the NOC helps all Canadians become better informed about the world of work.

What programs qualify for Second Career?

In order to qualify for Second Career funding, programs must be six months to two years in length and meet the National Occupational Classification (NOC Code) Level B or C. To view a list of Durham College programs that qualify for funding click here.

How do I obtain my transcripts?

High school transcripts can be obtained by contacting the last high school you attended. If they do not have your transcripts on file they will direct you to the school board office.

What is the URL for the Ontario Second Career website?

For more information please visit:

Will you accept a copy of my transcript?

All transcripts must be originals. In some cases we can accept a faxed copy directly from the training institution.

What if I have international transcripts?

Applicants who have been educated outside Canada must submit proof of educational qualifications. All documents should be sent to either ICAS or WES where they will be evaluated to determine if the level of achievement is equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

  • ICAS – International Credential Assessment Service 1.800.321.6021 (toll free) or 519.763.7282
  • WES – World Education Services 1.866.343.0070 (toll free) or 416.972.0070
What if I don't have the entrance requirements listed for my program of choice?

If there are prerequisite courses that are necessary for your skills training for Second Career, one year is allowed to complete the necessary prerequisites. Durham College offers Academic Upgrading that can help you to reach the admissions requirements of your program or you can complete academic upgrading through your local board of education. All credits completed must be at the level indicated for the program. For more information on academic upgrading options, please feel free to contact our Academic Upgrading office at 905.721.3131.

What if I attended high school, college or university more than 20 years ago?

Your transcripts will still be on file with the school or board office. Please contact the school for further instructions on how to obtain your transcript. Please expect two to four weeks to receive the documents.

What financial support is available?

The total amount of financial assistance available for an individual’s Second Career training is $28,000. This includes tuition, books and other instructional costs, transportation and basic living allowance (during skills training). Additional costs may be considered for disability accommodation, dependent care, living away from home and academic upgrading.

When can I apply to

Applications for Fall, Winter and Spring programs will be available online at in early October. The equal consideration deadline dates are February 1 for September start programs, October 1 for Winter start programs and February 1 for Spring start programs.

After February 1, and October 1 applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, provided there are vacancies. Applications to a program will be accepted until the program is full and a waiting list is established. Applicants placed on a wait list will be advised of their status. As seats become available they will be notified. Wait lists will be maintained until the start of the program only.

How do I know if the program that I want is open, wait-listed or closed?

The status of all programs are listed online at and on the Durham College website. Status definitions:

  • Open – There is still room available in the program.
  • Wait-listed – More applications were received for the program than there are seats. Applicants who have met eligibility requirements for the program may be placed on a wait-list. If you are put onto a wait-list, you will be contacted by the college in the event that a seat becomes available before the start of the program. The wait-lists are maintained until the end of the first week of the program.
  • Closed – The program has received a high level of applicants who have met the eligibility requirements. The college will no longer be accepting applications.
  • Note: After the equal consideration deadline, the status of a program can change at any time.
How do students participate in mobile learning?

Students will acquire their own laptop from a vendor of their choosing as well as the hardware and software components required by their respective program (unless their program requires server-based software or software that can only be provided by Durham College).

What is processes applications for Ontario colleges. With one online form, you can apply for up to five programs. Up to three of these can be at any one college. For example, you could apply to three programs at Durham College and two at another college using the same application. The application is good for one complete academic cycle (September to August).

What is a highly competitive program?

The term highly competitive denotes programs for which there are more qualified Ontario applicants than available seats. As a result, qualified applicants who have submitted applications no later than February 1 for a September program, October 1 for a January program and January 5 for a May program, will undergo a specific selection process. Priority of Admission For highly competitive programs applicants will be accepted according to the following priorities:

  • Permanent residents of Ontario;
  • Permanent residents of other provinces and territories in Canada; and
  • Applicants from other countries.
Should I finish my upgrading before making my application online at

Applications can be made online prior to completing your academic upgrading. If you provide Durham College with a letter from the academic upgrading institution, showing proof of enrolment in the required courses, we may be able to give you a conditional offer of admission. The conditions will be outlined in a letter from the college and must be completed by the deadline date specified in the letter. Conditional offers are subject to space availability and in the case of highly competitive programs, mid-term marks must be provided by the published deadline date.