Ontario Qualifications Framework (OQF)

5 – Certificate III


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 perform in a defined range of varied activities within a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures. Programs also engage students in some learning in disciplines outside their main field of study.

Preparation for Employment and Further Study
For employment at entry-level positions and for further postsecondary studies.

Typical Duration
Two semesters or 600-700 equivalent instructional hours.

Admission Requirements
Secondary school diploma or equivalent; or at least 19 years old; or is the holder of an admission requirement established by the CAAT Board of Governors for a specific program of instruction and additional program-specific requirements.

College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)
Indigenous Institute

Qualification Awarded
CAAT: Ontario College Certificate


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

  1. The basic skill and knowledge requirements for entry-level employment in positions with limited range of activities within a prescribed range of functions;
  2. Some breadth beyond the vocational field within the themes of: arts in society; civic life; social and cultural understanding; personal understanding; and science and technology.

Conceptual & Methodological Awareness/ Research and Scholarship

  1. A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures;
  2. Understanding and application of mathematical concepts and reasoning; analyzing and using numerical data; and conceptualizing;
  3. Application of a variety of thinking skills and a systematic approach to anticipate and solve problems;
  4. Ability to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Communication Skills
The ability to:

  1. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly 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:
  1. Some complex or non-routine activities;
  2. A prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes.

Professional Capacity/Autonomy
The ability to:

  1. Perform a range of varied activities or knowledge application situations where the range of contexts in which the choice of actions required is usually clear and complexity in the range of options to be applied is limited;
  2. Undertake activities involving individual responsibility or autonomy and/or collaboration with others as part of a group or team;
  3. Undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment.

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.