Ontario Qualifications Framework (OQF)

6 – Diploma 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 the graduates to work within a broad range of technical and/or administrative requirements, coordination and evaluation.

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

Typical Duration
1000+ 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.

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 skill and knowledge requirements for successful performance in a complex occupational setting.

Conceptual & Methodological Awareness/ Research and Scholarship

  1. A range of skills, with associated knowledge, showing substantial depth in some areas where judgment is required in the planning and selection of appropriate equipment, services, or techniques for self and others;
  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

  1. A range of complex or non-routine activities; coordination and evaluation;
  2. The planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skill and knowledge application;
  3. The application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services, and techniques for self and others.

Professional Capacity/Autonomy

  1. Participation in the development of strategic initiatives, personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organizing others;
  2. Participation in teams, including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions;
  3. Group or team coordination may be involved;
  4. Ability to manage their own professional development.

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.