Program Overview (Program approved by PTIB)

The more you know about Canada, the more confident you are communicating in English, the more you know about the fundamentals of business, the better you will be able to adapt to the Canadian work environment. The Canadian Workplace Skills programs provide students with an orientation to Canada, the education environment, English language and communication skills, and employment readiness. Each one of the programs focuses on different sectors of industry.

The Information and Communication Technology (Co-operative Diploma) program provides all of the areas described above as well as the knowledge of information and communication technology and how it contributes to a business’s success in various areas, such as communication, commerce, marketing, and other business processes. Today’s business place is not immune to technology and in fact, relies on IT in many ways to be successful. Employees who have a solid foundation in the IT utilized in their organization will have an advantage in gaining employment and being successful at their job. This program allows students to draw from past work experience, as well as their knowledge gained in ICT to apply to a Canadian business setting in virtually any industry sector, not especially but including the IT sector.

The courses are provided with a variety of activities via classroom, guest speakers, observations, in-class practice, and field trips. it also includes a co-op placement to apply the knowledge and skills gained in class.

Students will be able to gain work experience in service and retail outlets, accommodations and tourism, food and beverage services, general office, and light industry – a wide spectrum of opportunities. The purpose of the work experience is to introduce students to a general business environment in a Canadian company with the added knowledge of how technology is used and benefits the company.

Graduates will be able to comfortably communicate in various forms, work as a team or independently with a confidence of understanding their work environment and the employer’s policies and business practices, especially being comfortable with the technology used in their business’s processes and their job – both for relations with customers and co-workers, as well as the IT functions integrated into their job tasks. The graduate will be confident in their decisions for their future career path or educational goals.

Program Details

6 Months of Theory Courses + 5 Months of Work Experience

Theory Courses
    CPDT089 | College Success Strategies and Orientation for Newcomers (20 hours)
    CMNS089 | Canadian Interactions (40 hours)
    ENGL099 | Business, Professional, and Technical English (40 hours)
    CMNS099 | Business Communication Essentials (40 hours)
    CMNS155 | Intercultural Business Communications (40 hours)
    ITEC105 | Information Systems 1: Business (40 hours)
    GRPH115 | Website Development (40 hours)
    ITEC115 | Information System 2: Technology and Communication (40 hours)
    MKTG115 | Customer-Driven Marketing (40 hours)
    MKTG165 | Digital Marketing (40 hours)
    MKTG175 | Social Media Marketing (40 hours)
    CPDT099 | Working in the Canadian Workplace (40 hours)
Work Experience (Excluded in Associate Diploma)
    COOP120-ICT | Co-operative Education: Information and Communication Technology (400 hours)

Fee Structure

Fees (in CAD) International Students Domestic Students
Tuition Fee $9,900 $7,900
Assessment Fee $250 $0
Application Fee $1,000 $250
Administration Fee $2,200 $2,200
Other Fee $300 $0
Textbook Fee $362 $362
Course Material Fees $111 $111
Total Fees $14,123 $10,823

Tuition refunds are based on policy stated in the college’s enrolment agreement and bound by the Private Training Act Regulation.


  • High school graduates or mature student status (19 years or older at start of program)
  • Language requirement (recommended for optimum success)
    • Grade 10 level English or communications course (pass) or
    • IELTS 5.0 (4.5 Academic) or equivalent; or
    • TOEFL 35-45; or
    • PTE Academic (Minimum 29 Overall); or
    • CLB 5; or
    • CAEL 30; or
    • CELPIP 6; or
    • Duolingo 65-70 (; or
    • College entrance test (50% minimum); or equivalent
  • International students must comply with the requirements of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in respect to study permit.

For more information on language requirements where internationally-recognized tests and other equivalencies are accepted, please consult with our admissions staff.

10 courses from this program transfer into PLC’s digital media studies programs. 8 courses transfer into PLC’s business hospitality management program. Students can choose to transfer into PLC’s longer programs after completing these CWS: ICT courses.