Private Career Colleges
  • Information for Students
    What is a Private Career College?

    Private career colleges (PCCs) are independent organizations that offer certificate and diploma programs in many fields, such as business, health services, human services, applied arts, information technology, electronics, services and trades. Some PCCs operate as for-profit businesses and others are not-for-profit institutions.

    PCCs must be registered and have their programs approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. This act ensures that PCCs meet certain standards for the programs they offer, as well as for their advertising, refund policies, and instructor qualifications.

    You can find registered PCCs and approved programs using our online search tool. It is important to note that if you enroll in an unregistered college or an unapproved program, you will not be covered by the protections provided by the government under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

    It's also important to be aware that there are a number of private organizations offering education or training programs that are not regulated by the province. These include language training programs, programs that are less than 40 hours in length, programs that cost less than $1,000, professional development and single-skill training programs.
  • Admission Requirements

    To attend a private career college, you must meet the following admission requirements before your program starts:
    • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
    • Be at least 18 years old and pass a qualifying test
    • Meet minimum age requirements, and
    • Meet all additional admission requirements established by the college
  • Enrolling in a Private Career College

    Once you have decided to enroll in a private career college program, you will need to sign an enrolment contract. The contract outlines the services the college is obligated to provide to you. This contract must be signed by you and the college's owner or representative.
  • Refunds

    The college may ask you to pay a fee for enrolment costs. However, until you sign a contract, you are only obligated to pay 20 per cent of the total fees for the program or $500, whichever is less. A private career college is also required to issue you a receipt every time you pay a fee. You should keep all receipts on file. For important information about your rights and responsibilities as a student at a private career college see the Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities.
Further information may be obtained by calling or writing to:
Student Support Branch, PCC Compliance Unit
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
9th Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2
Telephone: (416) 314-0500 or 1-866-330-3395
Fax: (416) 314-0499