Ontario Qualifications Framework (OQF)

1 – Certificate I


The qualification categories distinguish between levels of knowledge based on a continuum ranging from the mastery of particular, established bodies of knowledge and skills to levels at the frontiers of knowledge where new knowledge is created and established assumptions and methods are challenged. Each qualification may be seen as a reference point along that continuum. The descriptions of each qualification outline its purpose, typical admission requirements and typical duration.

Overall Program Design and Outcome Emphasis
Programs provide a level of skills, knowledge and attitudes to allow graduates to meet narrowly defined job requirements.

Preparation for Employment and Further Study
For employment at entry-level positions or to prepare graduates to begin postsecondary studies.

Typical Duration
At least 40 instructional hours.

Admission Requirements
Secondary school diploma or equivalent; or at least 18 years old; or is the holder of an admission requirement established by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges (PCC) for a specific program of instruction and additional program-specific requirements.

Private Career College (PCC)
Indigenous Institute

Qualification Awarded


This section outlines the generic competencies that the holder of each qualification is expected to be able to demonstrate, with a focus on knowledge and skills transferable to the workplace or useful for further study. The descriptors indicate the different categories of competencies, which vary in nature and degree depending on the qualification. The capacity to work creatively and autonomously is required at all levels but in contexts that range from fixed routines to those characterized by ambiguity and uncertainty.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
The basic skill and knowledge requirements for entry-level employment in positions with clearly defined requirements.

Conceptual & Methodological Awareness/ Research and Scholarship
A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures.

Communication Skills
The ability to:

  1. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly within the requirements of the job responsibilities, in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience;
  2. Respond to written, spoken or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Application of Knowledge
The ability to perform a narrowly defined range of activities involving known routines and procedures.

Professional Capacity/Autonomy
The ability to perform a narrowly defined range of activities or knowledge application situations where the range of contexts in which the choice of actions required is clear and complexity in the range of options is minimal.

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge
An understanding of the limits of their own knowledge and skill level and an appreciation of the methods and techniques that they are not qualified to employ.