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Diploma courses after class 12 in Canada

Short-term, skill-oriented curriculum that saves your time and money

Canada is a popular study abroad destination for international students due to its globally recognised education system, world-class infrastructure and high-ranking institutions. The country offers great post-study work opportunities, a friendly environment, and reliable health care and support services to its international students.

Lately, an increasing number of international students have begun to opt for diploma courses to be work ready in lesser time. These courses are short-term, professionally oriented, affordable and flexible in terms of admission criteria. Indeed, the key doesn’t lie in spending time but in how you invest in it. 

Short-term courses in Canada

Canadian institutions offer two types of short-term courses – Diploma and Certificate courses. However, they both focus on specialisation and to prepare the students for the corporate world. 


Diploma courses

Certificate courses


These courses take 2-3 years to complete.

Usually designed for a year. Some Canadian colleges may offer 6-8 months of certificate courses

Course structure

Every disciplinary subject is covered in depth

Fundamentals are touched upon to make students be able to understand the field and the subject

If you are interested in more than one discipline to explore creative aspects of the industry, then diploma programs are a great choice. Unlike degree programs, they offer to choose from ample specialisation options, and you are awarded a degree too.  Usually, these short-term courses (Diploma and Certificate courses) are offered by Public Colleges, Community Colleges, CEGEPs (Vocational Colleges). However, some universities may also have these courses available. 

Eligibility criteria 

When applying for a diploma course in Canada, ensure all your documents are in place. Documentation and eligibility may differ from institution to institution. However, the most common documents required are: 

  • Notary attested copies of X- & XII-mark sheets including backlogs (Re-sits)

  • Evidence of English Language proficiency such as IELTS (minimum 6.0 overall with no band less than 6.0)

  • Two academic references (where necessary for the programme)

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP), if the university specifies in their entry requirements

  • Resume/CV 

  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture Courses)

Popular Diploma courses in Canada

Diploma Field


Diploma in Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Electronics & Communication, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics Engineering, and Architectural Engineering

Diploma in Medical Sciences

Medical Lab Technology, Dialysis Technology, Radiography, X-Ray Technology, Physiotherapy, Anaesthesia Technology, Audiology and Speech Therapy, Ophthalmology, Optometry, Medical Record Technology, and Operation Theatre Technology

Diploma in Nursing

Nursing Care Assistant, and Dental Hygienist

Diploma in Management

Hotel Management and Business Management

Diploma in Media

Journalism and Mass Communication, Acting and Anchoring, Visual Communication and VJ, RJ, and Anchoring

Diploma in Education

Primary Education, and Elementary Education

Diploma in Fashion

Fashion Technology, and Apparel Design


Physical fitness, Fire and safety technology, Yoga Education, Air Hostess/Steward, Photography, Interior designing, animation and multimedia, Architectural Assistantship, Culinary Arts

Diploma courses related to the marine field, computers networking and programming are also quite popular among international students.

Scope of Diploma programs in Canada

Diploma courses in Canada come with an internship to provide students with first-hand experience of working in a corporate environment and seize promising job opportunities. Additionally, Canadian institutions take an extra step to tie-up with reputed companies to provide students with ample for placements options. Many institutions also hire career specialists to assist students during these placement rounds and help them land a good job. 

Good news is, if you choose to get enrolled in a Canadian diploma program, you become eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) that allows you to work full-time, part-time or be self-employed in Canada. 

Canada is a booming study destination which offers diversified programs in multiple fields and specialisations. The diploma programs in Canada will not only offer you multi-faceted career options but will also prepare you as per industry standards in a shorter duration. 

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates.

Updated on November 18, 2020

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