Ontario Qualifications Framework (OQF)

7 – Diploma II

A. QUALIFICATION DESCRIPTIONS

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, and engage students in learning in disciplines outside their main field of study.

Preparation for Employment and Further Study
For employment at entry-level positions and for more specialized education at an advanced level.

Typical Duration
Four semesters or 1200-1400 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 Board of Governors (CAAT) for a specific program of instruction and additional program-specific requirements.

Provider
CAAT

Qualification Awarded
CAAT: Ontario College Diploma

B. QUALIFICATION STANDARDS

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. 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.

Conceptual & Methodological Awareness/ Research and Scholarship

  1. The skill and knowledge requirements for successful performance in a complex occupational setting;
  2. At least some breadth beyond the vocational field, with exposure to at least one discipline outside the main field of study within the themes of: arts in society; civic life; social and cultural under-standing; personal understanding; and science and technology, to increase awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work.

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.